Our daily update covering current events.


  • IPday2019-FB-banner-E-400 AIPLA Co-Sponsors World IP Day Events

    May 1, 2019

    AIPLA co-sponsored two spectacular events in Washington DC in celebration of World IP Day.
  • ustr_logo-4000 USTR Releases Special 301 Report & Review of Notorious Markets

    April 29, 2019

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on April 25, 2019, released its annual Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of trading partners’ protection of intellectual property rights and the findings of its Notorious Markets List, which highlights online and physical markets that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.
  • NIST_logo-400x200 NIST Releases Findings on Increasing the Innovation Impacts of Federally Funded R&D

    April 26, 2019

    The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology on April 24, 2019, announced 15 key findings from a final version of a new “green paper” on maximizing U.S. innovation from government-funded research.
  • Maria-Strong-400 Maria Strong Appointed Director of Policy and International Affairs

    April 25, 2019

    The US Copyright Office on April 24, 2019, announced that Maria Strong will serve as Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs at the United States Copyright Office, effective April 23, 2019.
  • negative-space-macbook-pro-charts-notebook-ballpen-400 Federal Circuit Invalidates E-Trading Patent

    April 24, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on April 18, 2019, invalidated three of Trading Technologies LLC’s patents on a user interface for electronic trading technology, affirming the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s finding that the patents were ineligible under § 101 after the Board instituted Covered Business Method (CBM) Patent review.
  • negative-space-woman-working-laptop-400 USPTO Issues Notice on AIA Trial Proceedings

    April 23, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office on April 22, 2019, issued a notice of information concerning existing office practice available to a patent owner during the pendency of a trial proceeding under the America Invents Act (AIA); specifically pertaining to the reissue and reexamination procedures available for amending claims involved in the trial. 84 Fed. Reg. 16654.
  • Thom-Tillis-Chris-Coons-400 Lawmakers Release Framework to Reform Section 101

    April 22, 2019

    On April, 17, 2019, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), and Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Steve Stivers (R-OH), released a bipartisan, bicameral framework to reform Section 101 of the Patent Act.
  • negative-space-man-browsing-tablet-ipad-computer-coffee-touch-finger-work-desk-office-linkedin-400 PTAB Designates Three Decisions as Precedential

    April 19, 2019

    The USPTO on April 16, 2019, designated three PTAB decisions as precedential.
  • Erik Brunetti Supreme Court Hears Argument on Constitutionality of Scandalous Trademark Ban

    April 17, 2019

    The Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, heard oral argument in the Brunetti case on whether the statutory ban on registering “immoral ... or scandalous” trademarks violates the First Amendment. Iancu v. Brunetti, U.S., No. 18-302, oral argument 4/15/2019.
  • USPTO Crest USPTO to Host Free Seminars on Protecting IP in China

    April 15, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office will begin hosting free seminars on protecting your IP in China. The new series of road shows will be geared towards businesses, individuals, and attorneys looking to hear about strategies for better protecting intellectual property in China.
  • Columbus-Ohio-400 Ohio State Loses Trademark Infringement Suit Against Redbubble

    April 12, 2019

    The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on April 1, 2019, held that Redbubble, Inc. was not liable for direct infringement of several of Ohio State University’s trademarks. The Ohio State Univ. v. Redbubble Inc., S.D. Ohio, No. 17-cv-1092, 3/29/19.
  • negative-space-textured-grey-fabric-400 Website Lacking Ordering Details Fails Use-in-Commerce Test

    April 11, 2019

    A website for goods that lacks any ordering information such as cost, payment options, minimum quantities, and shipping information is insufficient proof of the goods’ use in commerce when applying for trademark registration, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held on April 10, 2019. In Re: Siny Corp., Fed. Cir., No. 2018-1077, 1/14/19.
  • negative-space-parked-red-race-car-400 CAFC Orders New Trial in Remote Vehicle Control Case

    April 10, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on April 8, 2019, upheld the validity of Omega Patents, LLC’s remote vehicle control patents, but, ordered a new trial on whether Cal Amp Corp. induced infringement. Omega Patents, LLC v. CalAmp Corp., Fed. Cir., No. 2018-1309, 4/8/19.
  • USPTO PTAB Designates Huawei Decision as Precedential

    April 9, 2019

    The PTAB on April 5, 2019, designated as precedential Huawei Device Co., Ltd. v. Optis Cellular Technology, LLC, Case IPR2018-00816 (PTAB Jan. 8, 2019) (Paper 19). The decision provides guidance as to the procedure for submitting new evidence with a rehearing request and explains that a party must show good cause for submitting new evidence.
  • USPTO Crest USPTO “Motion to Amend” Patent Quality Chat

    April 8, 2019

    The United States Patent & Trademark Office will host its next Patent Quality Chat webinar, entitled “New pilot program for motions to amend in AIA trial proceedings,” which will be broadcast on April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. ET.
  • shutterstock_479614822-400 Sovereign Immunity Bars Copyright Suit Against Hospital

    April 5, 2019

    Sovereign immunity bars a federal copyright infringement claim against a public hospital, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri ruled on March 7, 2019.
  • Annotation 2019-04-04 102335-400 Cleveland Clinic Heart Disease Patent Invalid

    April 4, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on April 1, 2019, held the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s heart disease detection patent invalid because the claims of the patent were directed to a natural law and recited no other inventive concept.
  • shutterstock_84884929-400 Kroma EU Has No Standing to Sue Kardashian Sisters

    April 3, 2019

    The Eleventh Circuit on April 1, 2019, held that Kroma EU, a European cosmetics company, lacked standing to sue the Kardashian sisters for trademark infringement in the US.
  • Data Compression Federal Circuit Reverses IBM Patent Invalidation

    April 2, 2019

    The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on April 1, 2019, held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) must reconsider its decision to invalidate IBM’s U.S. Patent No. 7,631,346; the patent is related to a system for reducing authentication burdens by allowing a user to sign-in only once while accessing multiple applications.
  • shutterstock_1203587437-400 Brexit and the European Patent System

    April 1, 2019

    The UK is due to leave the European Union – an economic and political partnership of 28 countries – ending 46 years of British membership. But the exact timing remains unclear.