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Federal Circuit Finds Cellspin Data Transfer Patents Abstract but Valid
July 1, 2019On June 25, 2019, the Federal Circuit held that a trial court wrongly dismissed Cellspin Soft, Inc.’s (Cellspin), patent infringement lawsuits after determining that the four disputed patents were invalid and covered an abstract idea.
Supreme Court to Decide Whether States Can Copyright Annotated Laws
June 26, 2019The US Supreme Court on June 24, 2019, agreed to review a case that will decide whether states can preserve the copyrights to official annotations of their laws if they hire a private company to compile and sell them.
Supreme Court Finds Bar on Scandalous or Immoral Trademarks Unconstitutional
June 25, 2019On June 24, 2019, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Circuit's decision in In re Brunetti, 877 F.3d 1330 (Fed. Cir. 2017), ruling that the Lanham Act provision which bars the registration of “immoral[ ] or scandalous” trademarks violates the First Amendment. Iancu v. Brunetti, No. 18-302, 6/24/2019.
No Broad Trademark for Adidas Three-Stripe Design
June 25, 2019The EU General Court in Luxembourg on June 19, 2019, limited the reach of sportswear giant Adidas’s iconic trademark.
Claims in Reissue Patent Must Match Original Patent Requirements
June 20, 2019The Federal Circuit on June 17, 2019, held that patent holders who introduce new claims during the prosecution of a patent must ensure those claims meet the requirements in the original patent.
AIPLA Files Amicus Brief in 1-800 Contacts v. FTC
June 19, 2019The American Intellectual Property Law Association on June 14, 2019, filed an amicus brief in 1-800 Contacts v. Federal Trade Commission.
IPP Far East Committee Visits Taiwan, Singapore
June 18, 2019On April 29 – May 3, 2019, the IPP Far East Committee dispatched a delegation to visit Taiwan and Singapore. The trip delegation was headed up by Patrick Coyne, AIPLA’s Second Vice President, and Tiep Nguyen, the Far East Committee Chair.
No State Sovereign Immunity for University of Minnesota in IPR
June 18, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on June 14, 2019, held that 11th Amendment Sovereign Immunity does not protect patents owned by individual states from being cancelled via inter partes review (IPR).
AIPLA Attends Meetings of the Industry IP5
June 17, 2019AIPLA attended meetings of the Industry IP5, IP5 Heads of Offices, and the Industry Trilateral in Incheon, Korea June 10-13, 2019.
Chambord French Press Coffeemaker Bodum Gets Trade Dress Win
June 17, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on June 12, 2019, affirmed a $2 million win for Bodum USA Inc., makers of the Chambord French press coffeemaker, in a trade dress infringement case.