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  • 2018 AIPLA Logo AIPLA Submits Amicus Brief to the Precedential Opinion Panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

    January 15, 2019

    AIPLA on December 28, 2018, argued in an amicus brief to the Precedential Opinion Panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that the circumstances in which the Director may grant a motion for self-joinder should be the exception, not the rule.
  • USPTO Crest Thomas Krause Appointed as USPTO Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property

    January 15, 2019

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on January 10, 2019, announced the appointment of Thomas W. Krause as the new Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor of the USPTO.
  • Sign Up for STEPP Agent/Attorney 3-day Course

    January 11, 2019

    January 13, 2019, is the last day to sign up for the USPTO’s STEPP Agent/Attorney 3-Day Course on March 5-7.
  • Tech Shodogg Wins Sublicensing Battle Against FetchIT

    January 10, 2019

    The Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware on January 2, 2019, ruled that FetchIT, a customer management software company, breached its license agreement with Shodogg when it alluded to a sublicense offer in an email to Shodogg’s competitor.
  • US Copyright Office Seal Copyright Office Seeks Website User Feedback

    January 9, 2019

    The Copyright Office on January 7, 2019, issued an alert seeking participants to analyze the user experience on copyright.gov.
  • Bette and Joan Supreme Court Declines to Hear Olivia de Havilland’s Appeal in ‘Feud’ Case

    January 8, 2019

    The Supreme Court on January 7, 2019, refused to hear Olivia de Havilland’s right-of-publicity suit against FX Networks, the creators and producers of the television docudrama miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan.
  • Fuct Brand Founder Erik Brunetti Supreme Court Grants Review to Scandalous Trademarks Case

    January 7, 2019

    The Supreme Court on January 4, 2019, agreed to decide whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is facially invalid under the free speech clause of the First Amendment.
  • USPTO Crest USPTO Announces Revised Guidance on Sections 101 and 112

    January 4, 2019

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 4, 2019, announced newly revised 35 U.S.C. § 101 guidance for use by USPTO personnel in evaluating subject matter eligibility. The USPTO also announced guidance on the application of 35 U.S.C. § 112 to computer-implemented inventions.
  • Tivo TiVo Blocks Tivoli in Trademark Fight

    January 4, 2019

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on December 31, 2018, issued a ruling that prevents light fixture company Tivoli from registering trademarks for its Tivotape and Tivobar electric lighting fixtures.
  • Drug Patents Hatch, Tillis, and Flores Introduce Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act

    January 3, 2019

    Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Representative Bill Flores (R-TX), on Tuesday, December 11 2018, introduced H.R. 7251, the “Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018.”
  • GPS ITC Should Have Considered Reducing $6M Penalty in Patent Fight

    December 12, 2018

    The Federal Circuit on November 27, 2018, ruled that the International Trade Commission wrongly denied DNB Holding LLC’s request to rescind or modify a $6 million penalty in a patent infringement case.
  • Schlafly Beer Saint Louis Brewery Wins Battle Over SCHLAFLY Mark

    December 10, 2018

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 26, 2018, affirmed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision against Phyllis and Bruce Schlafly, thereby allowing the Saint Louis Brewery (SLB) to obtain trademark registration for the word mark “SCHLAFLY”.
  • Strategic Plan USPTO Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

    December 10, 2018

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office published its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.
  • Airplane AirFacts Wins in Trade Secret Case

    December 6, 2018

    The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on November 20, 2018, remanded a breach of contract case brought by software company AirFacts Inc. against one of its former developers the company said misappropriated trade secrets.
  • USPTO Crest 2018 PPAC Annual Report is Available

    December 5, 2018

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s 2018 Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Annual Report is now available online.
  • Virus Finjan Patent Appeal Has Uneven Result

    December 3, 2018

    The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 19, 2018, affirmed-in-part and vacated and remanded-in-part the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decisions in a pair of inter partes reviews.
  • South Korea Change in Retrieval Method for Documents Between USPTO and KIPO

    December 3, 2018

    Effective December 1, 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Digital Access Service (DAS) will manage electronic retrievals of priority documents between the USPTO and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), in accordance with the WIPO DAS agreement established on April 20, 2009.
  • Television CAFC Reverses $4M Award in TV Component Fight

    November 29, 2018

    After affirming a district court judgement against Enplas Display Device Corp., the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 19, 2018, vacated the $4 million patent infringement damages award that Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. had won. Enplas Display Device Corp. v. Seoul Semiconductor Co., Fed. Cir., 2016-2599, 11/19/18.
  • Artificial Intelligence USPTO Hosts Free Artificial Intelligence Program

    November 28, 2018

    The US Patent and Trademark Office will convene an all-day program titled, "Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Policy Considerations,” on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in the Madison auditorium of their Alexandria, Virginia headquarters.
  • Streaming Music Copyright Royalty Board Publish New Music Royalty Rates

    November 27, 2018

    The Copyright Royalty Board on November 26, 2018, published final regulations setting rates and terms for digital music streamers like Spotify, Apple, Google, and Amazon.
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