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National Geographic Wins in ‘Wild America’ Show Trademark Case
May 13, 2020National Geographic Partners LLC beat back trademark infringement claims by the makers of the PBS nature series “Wild America” after a federal court in Colorado found National Geographic TV had an artistic motive for naming its nature show “Untamed Americas.”
Slayback Beats Eagle’s Leukemia Drug Patent Claims at Fed. Cir.
May 12, 2020The Federal Circuit on May 8, 2020, affirmed a lower court ruling that found that Slayback Pharma LLC’s generic version of the leukemia drug Belrapzo didn’t infringe four Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc. patents because the drugs weren’t the same under patent law.
USPTO Announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for Small Entities
May 11, 2020The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on May 8, 2020, announced a new COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program.
USPTO Allows Filing of Plant Patent Applications Via Electronic Filing Systems
May 8, 2020In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it will temporarily permit the filing of plant patent applications and follow-on documents via the USPTO patent electronic filing systems (EFS-Web or Patent Center) until further notice.
PTAB Designates Decision as Precedential
May 7, 2020The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on May 5, 2020, designated as precedential Apple Inc. v. Fintiv, Inc., IPR2020-00019, Paper 11 (March 20, 2020).
AIPLA Saddened to Learn of Passing of Former Executive Director Q. Todd Dickinson
May 6, 2020The American Intellectual Property Law Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Q. Todd Dickinson, former AIPLA Executive Director and former Director of the USPTO.
USPTO Launches Patents 4 Partnerships Platform
May 6, 2020The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on May 4, 2020, unveiled a new web-based intellectual property (IP) marketplace platform, Patents 4 Partnerships, to provide the public with a user-friendly, searchable repository of patents and published patent applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic that are indicated as available for licensing.
Justices Hear Arguments Over Phone in Booking.com Trademark Case
May 5, 2020On May 4, 2020, the tradition-bound Supreme Court head oral arguments by telephone for the first time in USPTO v. Booking.com B.V., a case about whether “Booking.com” and similar marks are entitled to federal trademark protection.
8th Cir. Says Business Information Database Copyright Eligible
May 4, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit on April 27, 2020, affirmed a Nebraska federal jury’s award of over $11 million in a copyright dispute based on a database of business information.
Quincy Bioscience’s Prevagen Trademark Win Upheld on Appeal
May 1, 2020The Seventh Circuit on April 24, 2020, upheld Prevagen maker Quincy Bioscience Inc.'s trademark win over the unauthorized sale of its popular memory supplement by Ellishbooks Corp.
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