Our daily update covering current events.


  • Samsung and Apple Smartphones Samsung, Apple Win Attack on Tethering Patent

    October 11, 2018

    On September 10, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to invalidate IXI IP LLC’s patent related to sharing an internet connection over Bluetooth because it’s obvious in light of prior inventions.
  • Fiberglass No New Trial for Fiberglass Maker in Trade Secrets Case

    October 8, 2018

    Johns Manville Corp.’s bid for a retrial in a trade secrets case against competing Knauf Insulation LLC was denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit because Knauf met the terms of an agreement over how it used the opinion of its counsel.
  • Migration Tool Now Available for EFS-Web and Private PAIR

    October 4, 2018

    The US Patent and Trademark Office announced that a migration tool is now available for existing PKI digital certificate holders (registered practitioners and independent inventors) to link their accounts to their current PKI digital certificates.
  • Detroit Athletic Club Building CAFC Rejects Bid to Register ‘Detroit Athletic Co.’

    October 3, 2018

    The Federal Circuit affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) decision to refuse to register “Detroit Athletic Co.” for sports apparel because the mark would likely cause confusion with a long-standing private social club
  • The Three Flags New NAFTA Includes IP Provision

    October 2, 2018

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced that the United States, Mexico, and Canada reached an agreement to “modernize the 24-year-old NAFTA into a 21st century, high-standard agreement."
  • Judge-Panel-400 PTAB Creates Precedential Opinion Panel (POP)

    September 28, 2018

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has substantially revised its Standard Operating Procedures (“SOPs”) regarding precedential and informative decisions (SOP2).
  • PTAB Issues Revised SOP

    September 25, 2018

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has substantially revised its Standard Operating Procedures (“SOPs”) regarding paneling of matters before the PTAB (SOP1).
  • New Examination Guide on Changes to Procedures for Certain Trademark Documents

    September 21, 2018

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a new examination guide, “Changes to Procedures Regarding Certain Documents.”
  • Sign-Up Closing Soon for USPTO’s Agent/Attorney 3-Day Course

    September 20, 2018

    Sunday, Sept. 23, is the last day to sign up for the Nov. 6-8 STEPP Agent/Attorney 3-Day Course. Open to the public as part of the USPTO’s Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) program, the course will be held at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • 6th Circuit Upholds Festival Trademark

    September 19, 2018

    On August 29, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce’s trademark registration for “Perchville,” the name of a festival held annually in Tawas, Michigan since 1950.
  • IP Address Alone Is Insufficient for Copyright Claim​

    September 18, 2018

    An allegation that a defendant is the registered subscriber of an Internet Protocol (IP) address associated with infringing activity is not enough to state a claim for direct or contributory copyright infringement, the United States Court of Appeals for The Ninth Circuit held August 27, 2018.
  • Empire TV Show Survives Copyright Suit

    September 18, 2018

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that there is no substantial similarity between the Fox network’s hit drama “Empire” and actor and producer Clayton Prince Tanksley’s pilot for “Cream.”
  • Real Estate Pricing System Ineligible for Patent Protection​

    September 18, 2018

    The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a computer system for creating and maintaining a massive database for the value of homes and displaying it on an online map is ineligible for patent protection.