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  • ustr_logo-4000 USTR Releases Special 301 Report & Review of Notorious Markets

    April 29, 2019

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on April 25, 2019, released its annual Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of trading partners’ protection of intellectual property rights and the findings of its Notorious Markets List, which highlights online and physical markets that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.
  • NIST_logo-400x200 NIST Releases Findings on Increasing the Innovation Impacts of Federally Funded R&D

    April 26, 2019

    The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology on April 24, 2019, announced 15 key findings from a final version of a new “green paper” on maximizing U.S. innovation from government-funded research.
  • Maria-Strong-400 Maria Strong Appointed Director of Policy and International Affairs

    April 25, 2019

    The US Copyright Office on April 24, 2019, announced that Maria Strong will serve as Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs at the United States Copyright Office, effective April 23, 2019.
  • negative-space-macbook-pro-charts-notebook-ballpen-400 Federal Circuit Invalidates E-Trading Patent

    April 24, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on April 18, 2019, invalidated three of Trading Technologies LLC’s patents on a user interface for electronic trading technology, affirming the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s finding that the patents were ineligible under § 101 after the Board instituted Covered Business Method (CBM) Patent review.
  • negative-space-woman-working-laptop-400 USPTO Issues Notice on AIA Trial Proceedings

    April 23, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office on April 22, 2019, issued a notice of information concerning existing office practice available to a patent owner during the pendency of a trial proceeding under the America Invents Act (AIA); specifically pertaining to the reissue and reexamination procedures available for amending claims involved in the trial. 84 Fed. Reg. 16654.
  • Thom-Tillis-Chris-Coons-400 Lawmakers Release Framework to Reform Section 101

    April 22, 2019

    On April, 17, 2019, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), and Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Steve Stivers (R-OH), released a bipartisan, bicameral framework to reform Section 101 of the Patent Act.
  • negative-space-man-browsing-tablet-ipad-computer-coffee-touch-finger-work-desk-office-linkedin-400 PTAB Designates Three Decisions as Precedential

    April 19, 2019

    The USPTO on April 16, 2019, designated three PTAB decisions as precedential.
  • Erik Brunetti Supreme Court Hears Argument on Constitutionality of Scandalous Trademark Ban

    April 17, 2019

    The Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, heard oral argument in the Brunetti case on whether the statutory ban on registering “immoral ... or scandalous” trademarks violates the First Amendment. Iancu v. Brunetti, U.S., No. 18-302, oral argument 4/15/2019.
  • USPTO Crest USPTO to Host Free Seminars on Protecting IP in China

    April 15, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office will begin hosting free seminars on protecting your IP in China. The new series of road shows will be geared towards businesses, individuals, and attorneys looking to hear about strategies for better protecting intellectual property in China.
  • Columbus-Ohio-400 Ohio State Loses Trademark Infringement Suit Against Redbubble

    April 12, 2019

    The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on April 1, 2019, held that Redbubble, Inc. was not liable for direct infringement of several of Ohio State University’s trademarks. The Ohio State Univ. v. Redbubble Inc., S.D. Ohio, No. 17-cv-1092, 3/29/19.
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