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  • Dog Invalidity Finding Affirmed for Dog Gene Patent

    August 16, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on August 9, 2019, held that the University of Bern, a Swiss university, could not claim sovereign immunity to stop a challenge to its patent related to the detection of a mutation in dog DNA.
  • Lawnmower Lawnmower Steering Patent Invalidation Reversed by Federal Circuit

    August 15, 2019

    The Federal Circuit on August 12, 2019, reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) invalidation of patent claims covering a lawnmower steering mechanism, holding that the Board’s decision was “predicated on its incorrect claim construction” of the term “mechanical control assembly.”
  • Networking Federal Circuit Rules for AT&T in Networking Patent Dispute

    August 13, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on August 12, 2019, affirmed a lower court’s ruling that AT&T Mobility LLC and Ericsson Inc. didn’t infringe Iridescent Networks Inc.’s networking patent.
  • Hylete Thumbnail Hylete Bid to Register ‘H’ Trademark for Athletic Apparel Fails

    August 7, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on August 1, 2019, held that Hylete, an athletic performance apparel company, could not undo the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to reject its trademark application.
  • PTAB Precedential Decision PTAB Designates Two Decisions as Precedential

    August 6, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office on August 2, 2019, designated two Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions as precedential and another as informative.
  • Electronic Trademark Applications New USPTO Rule Requires E-Filing for Trademark Submissions

    August 5, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office will require electronic filing for all trademark applications beginning October 5, 2019, according to a USPTO Mandate Electronic Filing for TMs published July 31, 2019. 84 Fed. Reg. 37081-37099. This new rule will apply to all users conducting business with the USPTO regarding a trademark matter.
  • Horizon-Comics-v-Marvel-Entertainment Marvel Gets ‘Iron Man 3’ Poster Copyright Claims Dismissed

    August 2, 2019

    The SDNY on July 15, 2019, granted Marvel’s motion for summary judgment in a copyright infringement suit regarding an “Iron Man 3” movie poster.
  • Finance-USPTO USPTO Proposes Patent Fees Adjustments

    August 1, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office on July 31, 2019, issued a federal register notice where it proposes to adjust patent fees; specifically, making several targeted fee adjustments in addition to an approximately five percent across the board increase to the fees.
  • Webinar USPTO Webinar on Recent Updates to PTAB AIA Trial Practice Guide

    July 31, 2019

    The US Patent & Trademark Office is hosting a “Boardside Chat” webinar on Thursday, August 8, 2019, from noon to 1 p.m. ET about recent updates made to the AIA Trial Practice Guide.
  • Video Data Samsung Gets New Review of Video Data Coding Patent

    July 30, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 12, 2019, canceled a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision upholding Infobridge Pte. Ltd.'s video coding patent (Patent No. 8,917,772) and sent it back to the board for review.
  • Ford F-150 Ford Design Patent for Hood of F-150 Is Valid

    July 29, 2019

    The Federal Circuit held that Ford Motor Company’s design patents for hood and head lamp designs on its F-150 trucks are valid because they aren’t functional, but ornamental.
  • Redbox Disney Beats Back Claims in DVD Copyright Dispute

    July 26, 2019

    The US District Court for the Central District of California on July 18, 2019, held that that Disney’s agreement with distributors to forbid downstream sales to Redbox does not violate copyright law.
  • Fed. Cir. Allows Sales of Generic Opioid Addiction Treatment Fed. Cir. Allows Sales of Generic Opioid Addiction Treatment

    July 23, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 12, 2019, ruled that Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. does not have to halt sales of its generic version of the opioid addiction treatment Suboxone Film. Indivior Inc. v. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, S.A., Fed. Cir., 17-2587, 7/12/19.
  • USPTO Crest Joint Letter Sent to Secretaries of State and Commerce Regarding USPTO IP Attachés

    July 22, 2019

    On July 17, 2019, a joint letter from AIPLA and other stakeholders was sent to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross supporting an appropriate elevation in rank for qualified USPTO Intellectual Property attachés.
  • Space USPTO to Host Apollo 50 Event

    July 19, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office will host its “Apollo 50: The role of intellectual property in space commerce” event on July 23, 2-4:30 pm EST at its headquarters in Alexandria, VA.
  • PTAB Publishes Update PTAB Publishes Update to AIA Trial Practice Guide

    July 18, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on July 15, 2019, published a second update to the AIA Trial Practice Guide (TPG) containing additional guidance about trial practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
  • Guide New Examination Guide on Specimen Examination

    July 16, 2019

    The United States Patent & Trademark Office published a new examination guide titled, "Examination of Specimens for Use in Commerce: Digitally Created or Altered and Mockup Specimens."
  • Turbine Engine Federal Circuit Says No Standing for GE Without Specific Injury

    July 15, 2019

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 10, 2019, held that General Electric Co.‘s position as a patent owner’s competitor was insufficient to establish standing to appeal a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision.
  • USPTO Issues Final Rule on Claim Construction Standard PTAB Designates Decision as Precedential

    July 12, 2019

    The US Patent and Trademark Office on July 10, 2019, designated as precedential Focal Therapeutics, Inc. v. SenoRx, Inc., Case IPR2014-00116 (PTAB July 21, 2014) (Paper 19).
  • 20190620_120639411_iOS-400x200 IP Practice in China 2019 Trip

    July 11, 2019

    The IP Practice in China Committee delegation kicked of this year's trip with a dinner with Dennis Duncan, the USPTO IP Attache based in Beijing, who provided a briefing of current developments in China.
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