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Fed. Cir. Reverses Columbia Sportswear Design Patent Infringement Win
November 15, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 13, 2019, reversed Columbia Sportswear’s win in a patent infringement case regarding its design patent for a waved-pattern design used in cold-weather products like gloves and coats.
Mrs. Fields Defeats Preliminary Injunction in Popcorn Trademark License Dispute
November 13, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on November 7, 2019, reversed a preliminary injunction requiring Mrs. Fields Franchising LLC to continue a trademark licensing agreement allowing MFGPC the exclusive use of the “Mrs. Fields” trademark on popcorn products.
Dish Network Gets Win Against Scam Callers’ Payment Processor
November 12, 2019The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 6, 2019, held Imtiyaz Siddiqi, a man doing business as Global Telecommunications and Global Communications, liable for contributory and vicarious trademark infringement for his part in a scheme which defrauded hundreds of DISH Network subscribers.
Upcoming Events Upcoming Events
AIPLA on the Road: The Latest on Patent Practice Before the USPTO and the PTAB - Boston
December 10, 2019 | 375 MinutesThis single-day conference will give you the most up-to-date information on patent practice before the USPTO and the PTAB.
Legal Secretaries & Administrators Conference
December 16 to 17, 2019This two-day conference, which has been a cooperative effort with AIPLA and the United States Patent & Trademark Office, for 40 years, is an ongoing outreach program that debuted in 1979. It is the premiere source of help and information for hundreds of office administrators, paralegals, and legal secretaries.
AIPLA 2020 Mid-Winter Institute
January 29 to February 1, 2020Join a diverse, global community of law firms, companies, and institutions involved in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and other unfair competition laws at AIPLA's Mid-Winter Institute at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ.
2020 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp - Seattle, WA
February 26 to 28, 2020The Patent Prosecution Boot Camp is a comprehensive, CLE-accredited seminar that includes instructional lecture-style sessions with practical tips on US and international patent preparation and prosecution, as well as hands-on interactive workshops that will walk you through drafting claims and responding to office actions.
Upcoming WebinarsUpcoming Webinars
AIPLA CLE Webinar: Impact of SAS/Claim Construction Phillips/Discretionary Institution at the PTAB
December 3, 2019 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) | 1.5 CLE CreditsThis webinar will address the impacts of dramatic changes occurring at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The PTAB has issued numerous precedential decisions, courts continue to grapple with the interplay between agency proceedings and district court litigation, and the Office continues to refine its procedures and reliance on discretionary factors in decision-making. Together, these developments create a rapidly evolving area of law. This webinar will focus on the impact of these recent changes for PTAB practitioners and district court litigators alike.
AIPLA CLE Webinar: Constitutionality of Obtaining Trade Dress Registration
December 10, 2019 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) | 1.5 CLE CreditsTraditionally, product designs have been protected both as design patents and trade dress. But should different intellectual property law regimes protect the same features of a product consecutively or even concurrently? Both the Constitution's Patent/Copyright Clause (Art. I//8/8) and its Commerce Clause (Art. 1/8/3) probably can provide such protection. But can they both really coexist? Kenneth Germain asserts that the PC Cl. trumps the Commerce Cl., so that only one type of IP protection is available; Richard Stockton asserts that coexistence is allowable and appropriate. A spirted collegial debate will ensue!