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  • Netfilx Netflix Escapes ‘Narcos’ Copyright Suit

    November 21, 2019

    The US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on November 8, 2019, held that Netflix Inc.'s hit show “Narcos” did not copy protectable portions of a Colombian journalist’s memoirs about her affair with Pablo Escobar.
  • Data Fed. Cir. Restores Data Transmission Patent

    November 19, 2019

    The Federal Circuit on November 15, 2019, ruled that a district court erred when it found KPN N.V.'s data transmission systems patent unpatentable as an abstract idea.
  • USPTO USPTO Installs Security Enhancements to Private PAIR

    November 18, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office has installed security enhancements to Private PAIR.
  • Pipes-400 Fed. Cir. Vacates and Remands Piping Trademark Dispute

    November 18, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 13, 2019, reversed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision that dismissed Texas-based Galperti Inc.’s attempt to cancel Italy-based Galperti Srl’s mark.
  • Winter-Gear Fed. Cir. Reverses Columbia Sportswear Design Patent Infringement Win

    November 15, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 13, 2019, reversed Columbia Sportswear’s win in a patent infringement case regarding its design patent for a waved-pattern design used in cold-weather products like gloves and coats.
  • Popcorn Mrs. Fields Defeats Preliminary Injunction in Popcorn Trademark License Dispute

    November 13, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on November 7, 2019, reversed a preliminary injunction requiring Mrs. Fields Franchising LLC to continue a trademark licensing agreement allowing MFGPC the exclusive use of the “Mrs. Fields” trademark on popcorn products.
  • Dish-Network-400 Dish Network Gets Win Against Scam Callers’ Payment Processor

    November 12, 2019

    The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 6, 2019, held Imtiyaz Siddiqi, a man doing business as Global Telecommunications and Global Communications, liable for contributory and vicarious trademark infringement for his part in a scheme which defrauded hundreds of DISH Network subscribers.
  • travel-trailer Fed. Cir. Says PTAB Erred in Rejecting ‘Travel Trailer’ Patent

    November 7, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 4, 2019, found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) erred when it concluded that a “travel trailer” was unpatentable because it was anticipated by two cargo truck trailer patents.
  • Thank You to the Thousands of 2019 AIPLA Annual Meeting Attendees

    November 6, 2019

    Thank you so much to all attendees of the 2019 AIPLA ANNUAL MEETING! Missed the meeting? Download the AIPLA Daily Report, available through our partnership with Managing IP Magazine.
  • Federal-Circuit Filer Guidance Concerning 2019 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure

    November 6, 2019

    On December 2, 2019, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will issue an updated version of the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice incorporating any adopted amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
  • Arthrex-400x200 PTAB's Administrative Patent Judges Unconstitutionally Appointed, Says Fed. Cir.

    November 4, 2019

    Federal Circuit holds that APJs exercise the type of authority that renders them principal officers of the United States who must be appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate.
  • Fed. Cir. Says Evidence of Copying is Relevant to Obviousness Fed. Cir. Says Evidence of Copying is Relevant to Obviousness

    November 1, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on October 30, 2019, vacated and remanded a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision which found Liqwd Inc.’s keratin treatment patent invalid for obviousness, because evidence that L’Oreal USA, Inc., used Liqwd’s confidential information and copied Liqwd’s patented method should have been considered in determining whether the patent was valid.
  • Foley Hoag Partner Barbara Fiacco Named President of AIPLA Foley Hoag Partner Barbara Fiacco Named President of AIPLA

    October 31, 2019

    Foley Hoag LLP Partner Barbara Fiacco has been named President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).
  • Donald-Dunner-400x200 Donald Dunner Passes Away at 88

    October 18, 2019

    Donald R. Dunner, the renowned patent attorney and name partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, passed away on October 16, 2019, at the age of 88.
  • Learning-400x200 Learn How Examiners Approach Unity of Invention

    October 17, 2019

    The US Patent & Trademark Office will host a Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course titled “Unity of Invention” on December 10, 11, and 12, 2019.
  • PTAB PTAB Designates Two Decisions as Informative

    October 16, 2019

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board designated two decisions regarding design choice as informative.
  • Energy-Drinks-400x200 Fed. Cir. Invalidates FUSION Energy Drink Trademark

    October 14, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on October 10, 2019, upheld a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) ruling which canceled Brazilian beverage company Cervejaria Petropolis SA’s FUSION trademark at the request of Ambev SA.
  • USPTO-Charts-400 Patent Office Lowers First Action, Total Pendency

    October 11, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office on October 9, 2019, announced that it achieved its patent examination pendency goals of reducing first office action times to under 15 months, and reducing total pendency times to under 24 months.
  • Facebook-400 Facebook Awarded Costs After Winning Patent Case Dismissal

    October 10, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on October 9, 2019, held that Facebook Inc. was properly awarded $4,424.00 in costs after it “rebuffed” a patent infringement case by convincing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to invalidate patent claims relating to advertising software.
  • Fridge PTAB Wrongly Blocked Bid to Correct Patent

    October 3, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on October 1, 2019, held that the US Patent and Trademark Office abused its discretion when it rejected Honeywell International Inc.'s request to correct a mistake in its refrigeration system patent.
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