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  • Coronavirus-400x200 Public Notice From CNIPA Regarding Applicants Affected by Coronavirus Outbreak

    February 11, 2020

    On January 28, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued a public notice (#350) providing relief to applicants of Chinese applications/Chinese patents who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Magazine 400x200 ‘Oil Daily’ Publisher Owes More Damages in Copyright Case

    February 10, 2020

    Failure to mitigate is not a complete defense to copyright or DMCA claims for statutory damages, held the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on January 15, 2020.
  • Coffee 400x200 Keurig Adapter Patent Case Correctly Decided, Says Fed. Cir.

    February 6, 2020

    The US District Court for the Western District of Washington properly granted attorneys’ fees based on a finding that the winning party didn’t infringe a Keurig adapter patent, the Federal Circuit held on January 13, 2020.
  • USTPO-1-400x200 Corporate Attorney David Gooder Named New Trademark Commissioner

    February 6, 2020

    The US Patent and Trademark Office on February 5, 2020, announced that US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has appointed David Gooder to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks.
  • Elizabeth Tassi - Woman to Watch 400x200 Elizabeth Tassi is a Woman to Watch!

    February 5, 2020

    The Women in IP Committee of the AIPLA is pleased to announce Elizabeth Tassi as a Woman to Watch!
  • TV Guide 400x200 Comcast Prevails in TV Guide Patent Challenge

    February 5, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 13, 2020, upheld Comcast Corp.‘s successful challenge to a patent covering an interactive television guide, finding it invalid based on prior art.
  • WiiMote_with_MotionPlus-400 Nintendo Knocks Out $10 Million ‘Wiimote’ Patent Verdict on Appeal

    February 3, 2020

    The US District Court for the Northern District of Texas on January 17, 2020, invalidated iLife Technologies Inc.'s $10.1 million patent infringement verdict against Nintendo of America over the latter's Wii and Wii U motion control wands known as "Wiimotes". iLife Techs. Inc. v. Nintendo of Am. Inc., N.D. Tex., No. 3:13-cv-04987, 1/17/20.
  • Dashboard-v2 Carmakers Trounce CD-Copying Copyright Case

    January 31, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on January 28, 2020, held that the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, which was enacted to curb digital audiotape copying, did not apply to music copied by an automobile dashboard device that copies CDs to a vehicle’s hard drive.
  • USPTO Crest USPTO and Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Launch New Worksharing Agreement

    January 30, 2020

    The US Patent and Trademark Office and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) agreed to launch a new worksharing arrangement that will accelerate the process of obtaining a patent in Mexico for businesses and individuals already in possession of a corresponding US patent.
  • PPAC-400x200 USPTO Welcomes Sterne Kessler and Facebook to PPAC

    January 28, 2020

    The US Patent and Trademark Office welcomes two new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC): Jeremiah Chan and Tracy-Gene Durkin. Mr. Chan is the Associate General Counsel and Director, Head of Patents at Facebook. Ms. Durkin is the practice leader of the Mechanical & Design Practice Group at the law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
  • Genentech-400x200 Genentech Patent Invalidated Over Prior Art

    January 27, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 10, 2020, affirmed the invalidation of Genentech’s patent directed to methods of purifying antibodies, finding that the process of chilling a composition to below room temperature could be found both obvious and anticipated by a process that purified that composition at room temperature.
  • Learning-400 Apply by January 26 for USPTO Examination of Ranges Course

    January 24, 2020

    The US Patent and Trademark Office will brief users on recent examination practice and procedure guidance related to examination of ranges during its Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course Examination of Ranges on February 11, 12, or 13.
  • Nidec-400 Nidec Zooms Over Patent Infringement Claims in Fed. Cir.

    January 23, 2020

    The Federal Circuit on January 10, 2020, held that patent infringement claims against Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec Corp. were barred by a covenant not to sue, and found that the covenant was not superseded by a later agreement involving the same patent.
  • Podcasting-400x200 CBS Captures Win in Podcasting Patent Infringement Squabble

    January 22, 2020

    CBS Corp. won’t have to pay a $1.3 million infringement award because a podcasting patent was invalidated by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Federal Circuit said on January 10, 2020.
  • Sedative-400x200 Hospira Loses Appeal of Sedative Patent Invalidity Decision

    January 20, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 9, 2020, affirmed the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’s ruling which held that a claim of Hospira’s Precedex Premix sedative was invalid for obviousness.
  • USPTO USPTO Toolkit Now Available for Those New to PTAB Proceedings

    January 17, 2020

    The US Patent and Trademark Office on January 15, 2020, released a “New to PTAB” toolkit now available on the PTAB webpage of the USPTO website.
  • Europe-400x200 EU Report Highlights States of IP Protection in ‘Third Countries’

    January 16, 2020

    “A low level of protection for trade secrets and IP theft in a number of countries, notably in China and India” have caused “irreparable harm to European businesses” said the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, in its “Report on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries” released on January 8, 2020.
  • Booking-400x200 AIPLA Argues That A Generic Term Combined With a gTLD Can Create a Protectable Trademark

    January 15, 2020

    The addition of a generic top-level domain (gTLD) to an otherwise generic term can, under certain circumstances, create a protectable trademark, the American Intellectual Property Law Association said in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court on January 13, 2020.
  • hospital-400 Fifth Circuit Nixes Statutory Damages Award in Hospital Form Copyright Clash

    January 14, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on January 9, 2020, held that statutory damage awards are not available when a defendant infringes in one way before the copyright was registered and another way after registration.
  • Drug-400 Amgen Wins in Kidney Drug Infringement Appeal

    January 10, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 7, 2020, vacated and remanded a lower court ruling which held that Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, an integrated specialty pharmaceutical company, didn’t infringe Amgen Inc.’s patent for the kidney disease drug Sensipar.
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