• Time Bar Supreme Court Says PTAB’s Time Bar Decisions Not Appealable

    April 20, 2020

    The United States Supreme Court on April 20, 2020, held that 35 U.S.C. § 314(d), which states that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's (PTAB) decision to institute an inter partes review (IPR) is nonappealable, also precludes judicial review of a time bar determination under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b).
  • Juul Juul Wins ITC Order Blocking Rival Imports

    April 20, 2020

    The International Trade Commission (ITC) on April 7, 2020, awarded and order to Juul Labs Inc. that blocks imports from four e-cigarette rivals.
  • Welding TTAB Overstepped While Nixing Color Trademark, Court Says

    April 17, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on April 8, 2020, held that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) erred in ruling that an undefined color trademark on packaging can’t be distinctive enough for registration unless consumers already recognize it as an indicator of product source.
  • Senate web House & Senate Judiciary Lawmakers Seek Information on USPTO Operations Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

    April 16, 2020

    House & Senate Judiciary Lawmakers sent a letter to USPTO Director Andrei Iancu requesting information on the impact the coronavirus public health crisis has had on the operations of the USPTO.
  • USPTO-WEB PTAB Designates Decision as Precedential

    April 15, 2020

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on April 14, 2020, designated as precedential Lectrosonics, Inc. v. Zaxcom, Inc. Case IPR2018-01129, Paper 33 (PTAB Jan. 24, 2020) (precedential).