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AIPLA Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief
February 28, 2019The American Intellectual Property Law Association filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing that the Lanham Act ban against registering immoral and scandalous marks violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment because it has a viewpoint-discriminatory effect.
Venezuela’s IP Office Asks for Fees Paid in Cryptocurrency
February 26, 2019The US Patent and Trademark Office on February 25, 2019, issued a notice concerning a change affecting fees to Venezuela’s intellectual property office. The Venezuelan Ministry of National Commerce sent a notification to the USPTO on February 1, 2019, that patent and trademark fees should be paid in the Venezuelan cryptocurrency “PETRO.”
Beware of Foreign Solicitations Asking to Use Your Information
February 25, 2019The US Patent and Trademark Office on February 22, 2019, issued a warning asking US attorneys to stay vigilant as many are receiving emails from people in China and perhaps elsewhere, offering to pay to use their information in trademark filings.
Attend the AIPLA 2019 Trade Secret Law Summit on March 21-22
February 22, 2019Join AIPLA on March 21-22, 2019, for the 2019 Trade Secret Law Summit in New York City.
PKI Authentication Update
February 20, 2019Due to recent technical issues, the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s PKI authentication and migration deadlines associated with the authentication change for EFS-Web and Private PAIR are no longer applicable until further notice.
Registration Open for USPTO STEPP Course
February 19, 2019The United States Patent & Trademark Office has opened sign-ups to attend its May 7-9 Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) Attorney/Agent 3-day course held at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
EU Negotiators Reach Agreement to Modernize Copyright Rules
February 15, 2019The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, announced on February 13, 2019, that it reached a political agreement on a new Copyright Directive that would require online platforms to compensate publishers and creators for the content that appears on their websites.
PKI Sign-In Discontinued as of Feb. 15
February 14, 2019EFS-Web and Private PAIR users will no longer be able to authenticate using PKI certificates on February 15, 2019
USPTO Publishes Report on Trends of US Women Inventors
February 13, 2019The United States Patent & Trademark Office on February 11, 2019, released a report on the trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors named on US patents granted from 1976 through 2016.
US Chamber Releases 2019 International IP Index
February 12, 2019The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) on February 7, 2019 released its International IP Index, “Inspiring Tomorrow,” which assesses the intellectual property environments of 50 world economies.