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USPTO Announces Relief to Restore Priority or Benefit Rights for Patent Applicants
June 15, 2020Pursuant to Subsection 12004(a) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and 37 C.F.R. § 1.183, and in response to the requests from stakeholders, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the time period for petitioning for certain rights of priority or benefit in a patent application and waiving the associated petition fee.
PTAB Designates One Decision as Precedential and Three Decisions as Informative
June 12, 2020The Patent Trial and Appeal Board designated a decision as precedential and three as informative.
5th Cir. Affirms $439 Million Win for HP
June 11, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 5, 2020, affirmed a lower court ruling which held that Quanta Storage Inc., a Taiwanese disk drive maker, must turn over to HP Inc. all of the cash, factories and patents necessary to satisfy a $439 million antitrust judgment from 2019.
AIG Evades Trademark Claims From Missouri Insurance Agency
June 10, 2020The US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on June 4, 2020, held that A.I.G. Agency Inc.’s trademark claims against AIG, the multinational finance and insurance company, were time-barred because it knew of AIG’s use of the mark decades before suing.
Novo Nordisk Can’t Enforce Noncompete Against Briefly Laid Off Employee
June 9, 2020The First Circuit affirmed a district court judgment that prevented pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk Inc. from enforcing a confidentiality and noncompete agreement that it had entered into with a worker who was briefly laid off and rehired before leaving the company for BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
USPTO Webinar on Top Trademark and Copyright Cases in China
June 8, 2020Register to attend the latest in a series of USPTO webinars focused on intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in China.
A Letter to Our AIPLA Community
June 5, 2020The continued inequitable treatment of African-Americans and other communities of color is intolerable. We must reflect on how our actions demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion through discussion, education, and implementation. And we must all find ways to come together, and no longer be torn apart.
USPTO Launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center
June 5, 2020The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on June 3, 2020, launched the COVID-19 Response Resource Center to provide stakeholders and other interested parties with improved access to USPTO initiatives, programs, and other helpful intellectual property (IP)-related information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
Fed. Cir. Upholds Mixed Ruling on Boston Scientific Spinal Device
June 4, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on May 29, 2020, refused to alter a mixed ruling on the validity of Boston Scientific’s spinal stimulation patent.
Ninth Circuit Affirms Jim Beam’s Pucker Vodka Trademark Win
June 3, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on May 17, 2020, affirmed Jim Beam Brand Co’s (Jim Beam) win against a company that accused it of infringing trademarks because the marks in question were dissimilar and customer confusion wasn’t likely.
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