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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.
Fed. Cir. Rejects Fishing Method Patent Application as Abstract
April 30, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on April 24, 2020, affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) rejection of a fishing patent application because the invention relies on an abstract idea.
Dish, Sirius Get Chance at Attorneys’ Fees in Mooted Case
April 29, 2020The Federal Circuit on April 21, 2020, vacated and remanded a district court ruling that denied Dish Network LLC and Sirius XM Radio Inc.’s motion for attorneys’ fees in a patent case.
USPTO Says AI Can’t Be Named Inventor on Patent
April 28, 2020The United States Patent and Trademark Office on April 27, 2020, published a petition decision explaining that, under current law, only natural persons may be named as an inventor in a patent application.
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