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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.
TiVo Blocks Tivoli in Trademark Fight
January 4, 2019The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on December 31, 2018, issued a ruling that prevents light fixture company Tivoli from registering trademarks for its Tivotape and Tivobar electric lighting fixtures.
Hatch, Tillis, and Flores Introduce Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act
January 3, 2019Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Representative Bill Flores (R-TX), on Tuesday, December 11 2018, introduced H.R. 7251, the “Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018.”
ITC Should Have Considered Reducing $6M Penalty in Patent Fight
December 12, 2018The Federal Circuit on November 27, 2018, ruled that the International Trade Commission wrongly denied DNB Holding LLC’s request to rescind or modify a $6 million penalty in a patent infringement case.
Saint Louis Brewery Wins Battle Over SCHLAFLY Mark
December 10, 2018The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 26, 2018, affirmed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision against Phyllis and Bruce Schlafly, thereby allowing the Saint Louis Brewery (SLB) to obtain trademark registration for the word mark “SCHLAFLY”.
USPTO Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
December 10, 2018The United States Patent and Trademark Office published its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.
AirFacts Wins in Trade Secret Case
December 6, 2018The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on November 20, 2018, remanded a breach of contract case brought by software company AirFacts Inc. against one of its former developers the company said misappropriated trade secrets.
2018 PPAC Annual Report is Available
December 5, 2018The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s 2018 Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Annual Report is now available online.
Finjan Patent Appeal Has Uneven Result
December 3, 2018The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 19, 2018, affirmed-in-part and vacated and remanded-in-part the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decisions in a pair of inter partes reviews.
Change in Retrieval Method for Documents Between USPTO and KIPO
December 3, 2018Effective December 1, 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Digital Access Service (DAS) will manage electronic retrievals of priority documents between the USPTO and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), in accordance with the WIPO DAS agreement established on April 20, 2009.