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9th Circuit Throws Out Applied Underwriters’ Trademark Infringement Claims
January 17, 2019Applied Underwriters Inc., a financial services firm that provides workers’ compensation insurance to businesses across the United States, can’t proceed with its trademark infringement claims against Providence Publications LLC, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held January 15, 2019.
Federal Circuit Affirms Data Compression Patent Invalidity
January 16, 2019Realtime Data LLC’s patent describing a system for lossless data compression is invalid because its claims are obvious due to the prior art, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held January 10, 2019
AIPLA Submits Amicus Brief to the Precedential Opinion Panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
January 15, 2019AIPLA on December 28, 2018, argued in an amicus brief to the Precedential Opinion Panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that the circumstances in which the Director may grant a motion for self-joinder should be the exception, not the rule.
Thomas Krause Appointed as USPTO Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property
January 15, 2019The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on January 10, 2019, announced the appointment of Thomas W. Krause as the new Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor of the USPTO.
Sign Up for STEPP Agent/Attorney 3-day Course
January 11, 2019January 13, 2019, is the last day to sign up for the USPTO’s STEPP Agent/Attorney 3-Day Course on March 5-7.
Shodogg Wins Sublicensing Battle Against FetchIT
January 10, 2019The Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware on January 2, 2019, ruled that FetchIT, a customer management software company, breached its license agreement with Shodogg when it alluded to a sublicense offer in an email to Shodogg’s competitor.
Copyright Office Seeks Website User Feedback
January 9, 2019The Copyright Office on January 7, 2019, issued an alert seeking participants to analyze the user experience on copyright.gov.
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Olivia de Havilland’s Appeal in ‘Feud’ Case
January 8, 2019The Supreme Court on January 7, 2019, refused to hear Olivia de Havilland’s right-of-publicity suit against FX Networks, the creators and producers of the television docudrama miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan.
Supreme Court Grants Review to Scandalous Trademarks Case
January 7, 2019The Supreme Court on January 4, 2019, agreed to decide whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is facially invalid under the free speech clause of the First Amendment.
USPTO Announces Revised Guidance on Sections 101 and 112
January 4, 2019The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 4, 2019, announced newly revised 35 U.S.C. § 101 guidance for use by USPTO personnel in evaluating subject matter eligibility. The USPTO also announced guidance on the application of 35 U.S.C. § 112 to computer-implemented inventions.