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Apply by January 26 for USPTO Examination of Ranges Course
January 24, 2020The US Patent and Trademark Office will brief users on recent examination practice and procedure guidance related to examination of ranges during its Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course Examination of Ranges on February 11, 12, or 13.
Nidec Zooms Over Patent Infringement Claims in Fed. Cir.
January 23, 2020The Federal Circuit on January 10, 2020, held that patent infringement claims against Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec Corp. were barred by a covenant not to sue, and found that the covenant was not superseded by a later agreement involving the same patent.
CBS Captures Win in Podcasting Patent Infringement Squabble
January 22, 2020CBS Corp. won’t have to pay a $1.3 million infringement award because a podcasting patent was invalidated by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Federal Circuit said on January 10, 2020.
Hospira Loses Appeal of Sedative Patent Invalidity Decision
January 20, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 9, 2020, affirmed the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’s ruling which held that a claim of Hospira’s Precedex Premix sedative was invalid for obviousness.
USPTO Toolkit Now Available for Those New to PTAB Proceedings
January 17, 2020The US Patent and Trademark Office on January 15, 2020, released a “New to PTAB” toolkit now available on the PTAB webpage of the USPTO website.
EU Report Highlights States of IP Protection in ‘Third Countries’
January 16, 2020“A low level of protection for trade secrets and IP theft in a number of countries, notably in China and India” have caused “irreparable harm to European businesses” said the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, in its “Report on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries” released on January 8, 2020.
AIPLA Argues That A Generic Term Combined With a gTLD Can Create a Protectable Trademark
January 15, 2020The addition of a generic top-level domain (gTLD) to an otherwise generic term can, under certain circumstances, create a protectable trademark, the American Intellectual Property Law Association said in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court on January 13, 2020.
Fifth Circuit Nixes Statutory Damages Award in Hospital Form Copyright Clash
January 14, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on January 9, 2020, held that statutory damage awards are not available when a defendant infringes in one way before the copyright was registered and another way after registration.
Amgen Wins in Kidney Drug Infringement Appeal
January 10, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 7, 2020, vacated and remanded a lower court ruling which held that Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, an integrated specialty pharmaceutical company, didn’t infringe Amgen Inc.’s patent for the kidney disease drug Sensipar.
Prince Estate Wins Copyright Dispute Over YouTube Concert Videos
January 9, 2020The US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on January 6, 2020, awarded a summary judgment victory to Prince’s estate on its claims that unauthorized concert recordings posted to YouTube infringed the late musician’s copyrights.
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