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Our daily update covering current events.

 

  • negative-space-office-desk-computer-keyboard-learn-josh-sorenson-400 USPTO vILT Training on Computer-Implemented Functional Claim Limitations

    March 12, 2019

    The United States Patent & Trademark Office is hosting Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) on April 2 and 3. The course is entitled “Examining Computer-Implemented Functional Claim Limitations for Compliance with 35 U.S.C. § 112.”
  • Supreme Court Grants Cert in NantKwest v. Iancu Supreme Court Grants Cert in NantKwest v. Iancu

    March 8, 2019

    The US Supreme Court on March 4, 2019, granted the USPTO’s petition to review the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s ruling in NantKwest Inc. v. Iancu.
  • US Copyright Office Seal Kevin R. Amer Appointed as Copyright Office Deputy General Counsel

    March 7, 2019

    Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn A. Temple has appointed Kevin R. Amer deputy general counsel of the United States Copyright Office, said the United States Copyright Office in a March 5, 2019 news alert.
  • Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of “Full Costs” in Copyright Dispute Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of “Full Costs” in Copyright Dispute

    March 6, 2019

    The United States Supreme Court on March 4, 2019, issued a unanimous decision holding that winning parties in copyright cases can’t collect expert-witness fees and jury consultant costs.
  • SCOTUS Rules That Registration Required to File Copyright Suit SCOTUS Rules That Registration Required to File Copyright Suit

    March 5, 2019

    The Supreme Court on March 4, 2019, ruled that a copyright holder must register their work with the US Copyright Office before suing for infringement, and “registration” within the meaning of 17 USC §411(a) occurs not when an application for registration is filed, but when the Copyright Office registers the copyright.
  • Oral Argument AIPLA Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief

    February 28, 2019

    The 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.
  • Caracas, Venezuela Venezuela’s IP Office Asks for Fees Paid in Cryptocurrency

    February 26, 2019

    The 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 Beware of Foreign Solicitations Asking to Use Your Information

    February 25, 2019

    The 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 2019 Trade Secret Law Summit Attend the AIPLA 2019 Trade Secret Law Summit on March 21-22

    February 22, 2019

    Join AIPLA on March 21-22, 2019, for the 2019 Trade Secret Law Summit in New York City.
  • PKI Authentication Update

    February 20, 2019

    Due 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.
  • USPTO Registration Open for USPTO STEPP Course

    February 19, 2019

    The 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.
  • European Commission EU Negotiators Reach Agreement to Modernize Copyright Rules

    February 15, 2019

    The 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.
  • USPTO Crest PKI Sign-In Discontinued as of Feb. 15

    February 14, 2019

    EFS-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 USPTO Publishes Report on Trends of US Women Inventors

    February 13, 2019

    The 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 US Chamber Releases 2019 International IP Index

    February 12, 2019

    The 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.
  • Braille United States Ratifies Marrakesh Treaty

    February 11, 2019

    President Donald J. Trump signed the documents for the US to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty on January 28, 2019.
  • Athena Diagnostic Patent Invalid Under § 101 Athena Diagnostic Patent Invalid Under § 101

    February 8, 2019

    The Federal Circuit on February 6, 2019, affirmed a district court decision against Athena Diagnostics, holding their patent covering methods for diagnosing neurological disorders invalid because it was directed to a natural law and lacked an inventive step.
  • State of the Union President Trump Highlights IP in State of the Union Speech

    February 7, 2019

    President Donald J. Trump on February 5, 2019, highlighted intellectual property during the State of the Union speech to Congress.
  • USPTO USPTO to Accept New Applications for PCT Collaborative Search and Examination Pilot

    February 6, 2019

    Beginning July 1, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will accept new international applications to the IP5 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Collaboration Search and Examination Pilot (CS&E).
  • Booking.com Booking.com is Valid Trademark Says 4th Circuit

    February 5, 2019

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office correctly interpreted the Lanham Act as requiring an award of attorneys' fees, win or lose, to the Office in district court proceedings that review decisions of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held on February 4, 2019.