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Elizabeth Tassi is a Woman to Watch!
February 5, 2020The Women in IP Committee of the AIPLA is pleased to announce Elizabeth Tassi as a Woman to Watch!
Comcast Prevails in TV Guide Patent Challenge
February 5, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 13, 2020, upheld Comcast Corp.‘s successful challenge to a patent covering an interactive television guide, finding it invalid based on prior art.
Nintendo Knocks Out $10 Million ‘Wiimote’ Patent Verdict on Appeal
February 3, 2020The US District Court for the Northern District of Texas on January 17, 2020, invalidated iLife Technologies Inc.'s $10.1 million patent infringement verdict against Nintendo of America over the latter's Wii and Wii U motion control wands known as "Wiimotes". iLife Techs. Inc. v. Nintendo of Am. Inc., N.D. Tex., No. 3:13-cv-04987, 1/17/20.
Carmakers Trounce CD-Copying Copyright Case
January 31, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on January 28, 2020, held that the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, which was enacted to curb digital audiotape copying, did not apply to music copied by an automobile dashboard device that copies CDs to a vehicle’s hard drive.
USPTO and Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Launch New Worksharing Agreement
January 30, 2020The US Patent and Trademark Office and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) agreed to launch a new worksharing arrangement that will accelerate the process of obtaining a patent in Mexico for businesses and individuals already in possession of a corresponding US patent.
USPTO Welcomes Sterne Kessler and Facebook to PPAC
January 28, 2020The US Patent and Trademark Office welcomes two new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC): Jeremiah Chan and Tracy-Gene Durkin. Mr. Chan is the Associate General Counsel and Director, Head of Patents at Facebook. Ms. Durkin is the practice leader of the Mechanical & Design Practice Group at the law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
Genentech Patent Invalidated Over Prior Art
January 27, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 10, 2020, affirmed the invalidation of Genentech’s patent directed to methods of purifying antibodies, finding that the process of chilling a composition to below room temperature could be found both obvious and anticipated by a process that purified that composition at room temperature.
Apply by January 26 for USPTO Examination of Ranges Course
January 24, 2020The US Patent and Trademark Office will brief users on recent examination practice and procedure guidance related to examination of ranges during its Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course Examination of Ranges on February 11, 12, or 13.
Nidec Zooms Over Patent Infringement Claims in Fed. Cir.
January 23, 2020The Federal Circuit on January 10, 2020, held that patent infringement claims against Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec Corp. were barred by a covenant not to sue, and found that the covenant was not superseded by a later agreement involving the same patent.
CBS Captures Win in Podcasting Patent Infringement Squabble
January 22, 2020CBS Corp. won’t have to pay a $1.3 million infringement award because a podcasting patent was invalidated by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Federal Circuit said on January 10, 2020.
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