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United States Ratifies Marrakesh Treaty
February 11, 2019President Donald J. Trump signed the documents for the US to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty on January 28, 2019.
Athena Diagnostic Patent Invalid Under § 101
February 8, 2019The Federal Circuit on February 6, 2019, affirmed a district court decision against Athena Diagnostics, holding their patent covering methods for diagnosing neurological disorders invalid because it was directed to a natural law and lacked an inventive step.
President Trump Highlights IP in State of the Union Speech
February 7, 2019President Donald J. Trump on February 5, 2019, highlighted intellectual property during the State of the Union speech to Congress.
USPTO to Accept New Applications for PCT Collaborative Search and Examination Pilot
February 6, 2019Beginning July 1, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will accept new international applications to the IP5 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Collaboration Search and Examination Pilot (CS&E).
Booking.com is Valid Trademark Says 4th Circuit
February 5, 2019The United States Patent and Trademark Office correctly interpreted the Lanham Act as requiring an award of attorneys' fees, win or lose, to the Office in district court proceedings that review decisions of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held on February 4, 2019.
USPTO Releases 2018 Performance and Accountability Report
February 1, 2019The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 31, 2019, published its Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for the 2018 fiscal year; the PAR serves as the USPTO’s annual report, which it publishes each year to update the public on its performance and financial health.
New Trial Necessary for Inguran LLC’s Patent Infringement Suit
January 31, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on January 29, 2019, ruled that Inguran LLC’s patent infringement suit against ABS Global will need a new trial because it found that the jury’s assessments of two out of the three patent claims at issue could not be reconciled under the rules governing dependent claims and enablement.
GE Turbine Engine Patent IPR Victory Reversed by CAFC
January 30, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 25, 2019, vacated and remanded a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision concerning General Electric Co.‘s successful validity challenge of a patent relating to a coating that protects a substrate used in turbine engines.
CAFC Reverses Summary Judgment Ruling Against Supernus
January 29, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 23, 2019, reversed a district court entry of summary judgement that had prevented patent owner Supernus and its licensee from extending U.S. patent 8,747,897.
USPTO Hosts Legal Analysis and Writing Workshop
January 25, 2019January 27 is the last day to sign up for the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s February 12 and 13 Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “Legal Analysis and Writing Workshop.”