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  • Dr. Mohan Dewan Headshot square Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust V Hoffman La Roche: A Case Revisited

    Written by Dr. Mohaan R. Dewan on March 15, 2021

    Section 8 of the Indian Patents Act mandates applicant(s) filing an application for a patent in India to furnish information pertaining to patent applications filed in ‘any country outside India’ for ‘the same or substantially the same invention’ filed in India.
  • Randi Karpinia headshot square Intellectual Property Rights of Artificial Intelligence Inventors

    Written by Randi L. Karpinia, esq. on November 20, 2020

    On April 27, 2020 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published a decision declining to extend patent inventorship to an Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) named DABUS. The decision found that the application did not name an “inventor.”
  • Dr. Mohan Dewan Headshot square With Great Popularity, Comes Great Responsibility

    Written by Dr. Mohan Dewan on November 20, 2020

    Endorsement, in a matter of speaking, is a strategic method of influencing the minds of consumers. A brand owner typically approaches an influential figure to act as a brand ambassador, generally an exclusive brand ambassador for a limited period of time in exchange for a fee. The brand owner then publicizes videos, images and statements of the celebrity/public figure, to promote the brand owner’s products/services. The endorsement gives an impression that the celebrity is certifying (endorsing) the claims made by the brand owner in respect of the products/services. There is an implied connection, that the celebrity, has himself/herself used the product or has availed of the services and approves of or is satisfied with them. This is the subliminal message conveyed by the endorsement.
  • Lee Dustin Headshot 100.100 Are there Multiple Experimental Use Standards?

    Written by Dustin Lee on November 20, 2020

    Researchers and physicians are often the greatest sources of both excitement and pain for in-house patent counsel—they zealously create inventions that save lives and improve quality of living; inventions that inspire admiration. But those same researchers and physicians can inadvertently destroy patentability through uncoordinated testing.
  • Dr. Rajeshkumar Acharya headshot square The Global Significance of India’s Pharmaceutical Patent Laws

    Written by Dr. Rajeshkumar Acharya on November 20, 2020

    Patents are one of the major forms of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) used in the pharmaceutical industry. Significant changes to India’s patent system occurred after India signed the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement in 1995.
  • diversity 100x100 (1) Inclusion Matters, Now More Than Ever: Practical Suggestions for Making a Difference

    Written by Elaine Herrmann Blais, Carrie Gilman, Justine A. Gozzi, Dara M. Kendall, Daphne Lainson, Sheila Martinez-Lemke, Jeremy McKown, and Jason Murata on July 10, 2020

    You know that feeling when you finally finish a task … then circumstances change … and you realize the job is not done? That is what happened in preparing this article. In the midst of workplace changes due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we prepared a summary of some good practices for maintaining and making further progress in promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) even in the toughest times, and useful tips for fostering inclusive work environments in a virtual setting.
  • Kudoyar Olga Headshot square 100x100 Ukraine: Changes Concerning Customs Enforcement of IP Rights

    Written by Olga Kudoyar on July 10, 2020

    The amendments to Ukraine’s Customs Code related to customs enforcement of intellectual property rights entered into force on November 14, 2019.
  • H Lutz - Headshot square100x100 Federal Circuit Holds that Multiple Colors on Product Packaging Can Be a Trademark without Evidence of Acquired Distinctiveness

    Written by Hannah Lutz on July 10, 2020

    Setting up a possible showdown at the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled on a matter of first impression: whether a mark on product packaging consisting of multiple colors unbound by any peripheral shape can be considered inherently distinctive and therefore registered without evidence that it has acquired distinctiveness (i.e., secondary meaning as an indicator of the source of the product).
  • Huang George  headshot Patent Eligibility of AI Technology Inventions in Taiwan and Analysis of Filing Strategies

    Written by George J. H. Huang on July 10, 2020

    With the continuous development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the number of AI-related invention patent applications is increasing rapidly. However, given that AI-related technology is easily to be deemed as an “abstract idea” and lack of technical character, how to write patent eligible AI-related patent applications has become an important issue.
  • Pak Mayya Headshot square 100x100 Eurasian Patent Organization to Introduce Eurasian Design Patents

    Written by Mayya Pak on July 10, 2020

    On September 9, 2019, the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO) member states adopted the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention, introducing the Eurasian system of protection for industrial design patents, along with the already existing regional protection for inventions.
  • Kudoyar Olga Headshot square 100x100 Ukraine Amends GI Law

    Written by Olga Kudoyar on July 10, 2020

    Amendments to the Ukrainian Law on Geographical Indications were adopted on September 20, 2019 and entered into force on January 1, 2020. The changes brought the Ukrainian law in line with Regulation (EU) No. 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs.
  • Bowen Heather Headshot 100.140 Trademark Due Diligence In M&A Transactions

    Written by Heather Bowen on April 20, 2020

    Trademarks have particularly high intrinsic and extrinsic values to entities. Because of that, attorneys must be vigilant in their due diligence review of trademark portfolios when clients enter into a merger with or acquisition of another entity.
  • COURAGE Noel headshot 100.143 Risk of Electronic Device Search For Patent Attorneys and Inventors Crossing the US-Canada Border with Confidential Information

    Written by Noel Courage on April 20, 2020

    This article will discuss the broad powers of search of electronic devices held by US and Canadian border officials.
  • Sengupta S Headshot 100.150 Corporate Marketing Department, Narrow Product Claim and Fox Factory, Inc. v. SRAM, LLC

    Written by Shubhrangshu Sengupta on April 20, 2020

    A recent precedential Federal Circuit decision in In re FOX Factory Inc. v. SRAM LLC, Fed. Cir., No. 18-2024 (Dec. 18, 2019), In re Fox has some takeaways for corporate marketing teams, and serves as a reminder to patent practitioners on the value of including at least one narrow patent claim in your patent application almost exactly covering a product that is, or is likely to be, commercially successful.
  • Trivedi Jatin  Headshot 100.126 Dawn of Blockchain Technology in the Indian Patent Regime

    Written by Jatin Trivedi on April 20, 2020

    Digital technologies are doing for the information revolution what the steam engine and related technologies did for the Industrial Revolution. Digital technologies are opening up new information frontiers with unprecedented speed.
  • Oswald Lynda Headshot The 50th Anniversary of E.I. DuPont deNemours &Co. v. Christopher

    Written by Lynda J. Oswald on April 20, 2020

    July 20, 2020 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of E.I. DuPont deNemours & Co. v. Christopher, the famed industrial espionage case
  • Leitao Barbara Headshot 100.150 My Experience as an Intern at the AIPLA

    Written by Barbara Angela Leitao on April 20, 2020

    As an international LL.M. student in Washington, DC, any experience can be really challenging.
  • Robert Stoll Can We Get An Administration Standard On Tech Standards?

    Written by Robert Stoll on December 12, 2019

    Standard Development Organizations facilitate the development of complex technology standards that, in turn, promote interoperability, efficiency and innovation for consumer products. 5G, a well-known telecommunication standard, will change the world by stimulating diverse innovations and new consumer products that rely on cutting-edge technology contributed to this open standard.
  • Thomas Young and Dominic Keating USPTO’s IP Attaché Program

    Written by Thomas Young and Dominic Keating on December 12, 2019

    The USPTO’s IP Attaché Program can be a valuable resource for U.S. businesses and legal practitioners who are experiencing problems with protecting their IP rights abroad or who are considering entering a foreign market.
  • Heather Bowen Incorporating Intellectual Property Rights In SaaS Agreements

    Written by Heather Bowen on December 12, 2019

    Businesses need a number of different commercial contracts to operate effectively. Savvy business leaders often seek to move forward and drive success by using information technology software provided under Software as a Service (SaaS) agreements. SaaS software is licensed by providers to customers on a subscription basis. SaaS providers maintain and host the software themselves (or through a third party vendor) and grant the customer access to the software via the internet.



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