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Prolific Inventor Loses Suit Against PTO Over Slow Examinations
September 2, 2020The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on August 19, 2020, held that prolific inventor Gilbert P. Hyatt hadn’t shown that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) deliberately chooses not to process, examine, or issue patents for his “extraordinarily lengthy” applications.
N.J. Inmate Properly Barred From Suing for Patent Infringement
September 1, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on August 20, 2020, held that patent owner Walter A. Tormasi lacked capacity to sue computer company Western Digital Corp. because Tormasi was barred from conducting business as a New Jersey inmate.
Oracle Revives Some HP Copyright Claims Over Solaris Software
August 31, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on August 20, 2020, revived some Oracle America Inc. claims that Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. infringed its copyrights by installing patches for its Solaris software on customer servers without permission.
USPTO Announces 2020 Patents for Humanity Winners
August 28, 2020The USPTO on August 26, 2020, announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program, a USPTO initiative promoting game-changing innovations that address long-standing development challenges.
Challenge of Agency Patent Cancellation Properly Dropped
August 27, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on August 20, 2020, held that Security People, Inc. improperly challenged the cancellation of its patent by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in a federal district court.
‘Nightcrawler’ Makers Win Suit Over Murder-Filming Stringer Idea
August 26, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on August 19, 2020, held that the 2014 film “Nightcrawler” starring Jake Gyllenhaal differed enough from another movie about a murder-filming news freelancer in Los Angeles for the movie’s makers to dodge copyright infringement claims.
Rapper Rick Ross Beats 50 Cent’s Claim Over ‘In Da Club’ Sample
August 25, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on August 17, 2020, held that US Copyright Act preempts rapper 50 Cent from pursuing right of publicity claims over another rapper’s mixtape sample of the hit “In Da Club.”
CBS Beats Copyright Claims Over Star Trek: Discovery ‘Tardigrade’ Episodes
August 24, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on August 17, 2020, held that a story arc about a giant tardigrade, an eight-legged segmented micro-animal, in the television show “Star Trek: Discovery” didn’t infringe a copyright in an unreleased video game that also featured a giant tardigrade.
Passport Health’s Suit Over Search Engine Ads Fails at 4th Cir.
August 21, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on August 13, 2020, held that Avance Health System Inc. could not be liable for infringing Passport Health LLC’s trademark after it purchased the keyword “passport health” on search engines to generate Avance ads beside specific search results.
USPTO Issues Guidance on Applicant Admitted Prior Art
August 20, 2020The US Patent and Trademark Office on August 19, 2020, issued guidance memorandum to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) regarding reliance on applicant admitted prior art in a petition for inter partes review.
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