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  • Car Load Floor Federal Circuit Sends Reissue Patent Tiff Back to PTAB

    July 10, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 5, 2019, held that the Patent Trial & Appeal Board must reexamine Global IP Holdings LLC’s bid to broaden the scope of its patent.
  • Medical Diagnostics Medical Diagnostics Patent Eligibility Still Unsettled

    July 8, 2019

    A split US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, on July 3, 2019, refused to revisit their February decision to invalidate a patent licensed to Quest Diagnostics Inc.’s Athena unit for a way to diagnose a severe neurological disorder.
  • TM Guide New USPTO Trademark Examination Guidance

    July 5, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office on June 3, 2019, published an examination guide explaining how the USPTO will examine trademark applications following the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Iancu v. Brunetti.
  • USPTO USPTO Rule Requires US Attorney for Foreign Trademark Applicants

    July 3, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office on July 2, 2019, issued final rules requiring foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States.
  • TBMP New TBMP Available

    July 1, 2019

    The June 2019 update of the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP) is now available on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board webpage under "Policies and procedures.
  • Smartwatch Federal Circuit Finds Cellspin Data Transfer Patents Abstract but Valid

    July 1, 2019

    On 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.
  • Annotated Laws Supreme Court to Decide Whether States Can Copyright Annotated Laws

    June 26, 2019

    The 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.
  • FUCT Supreme Court Finds Bar on Scandalous or Immoral Trademarks Unconstitutional

    June 25, 2019

    On 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.
  • Adidas No Broad Trademark for Adidas Three-Stripe Design

    June 25, 2019

    The EU General Court in Luxembourg on June 19, 2019, limited the reach of sportswear giant Adidas’s iconic trademark.
  • Machining Claims in Reissue Patent Must Match Original Patent Requirements

    June 20, 2019

    The 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.
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