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  • Telephone web Fed. Cir. Affirms Twilio’s Loss on Telephony Patents

    June 16, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on June 10, 2020, held that Twilio Inc. can’t revive parts of its telephony patents that were canceled by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • franck-v-sVOF3ONKvfU-unsplash web USPTO Announces Relief to Restore Priority or Benefit Rights for Patent Applicants

    June 15, 2020

    Pursuant to Subsection 12004(a) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and 37 C.F.R. § 1.183, and in response to the requests from stakeholders, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the time period for petitioning for certain rights of priority or benefit in a patent application and waiving the associated petition fee.
  • USPTO Crest PTAB Designates One Decision as Precedential and Three Decisions as Informative

    June 12, 2020

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board designated a decision as precedential and three as informative.
  • Disk Drive web 5th Cir. Affirms $439 Million Win for HP

    June 11, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 5, 2020, affirmed a lower court ruling which held that Quanta Storage Inc., a Taiwanese disk drive maker, must turn over to HP Inc. all of the cash, factories and patents necessary to satisfy a $439 million antitrust judgment from 2019.
  • paul-fiedler-q1QPK60bv1g-unsplash web AIG Evades Trademark Claims From Missouri Insurance Agency

    June 10, 2020

    The US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on June 4, 2020, held that A.I.G. Agency Inc.’s trademark claims against AIG, the multinational finance and insurance company, were time-barred because it knew of AIG’s use of the mark decades before suing.
  • thisisengineering-raeng-mF6gB6hV5OU-unsplash web Novo Nordisk Can’t Enforce Noncompete Against Briefly Laid Off Employee

    June 9, 2020

    The First Circuit affirmed a district court judgment that prevented pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk Inc. from enforcing a confidentiality and noncompete agreement that it had entered into with a worker who was briefly laid off and rehired before leaving the company for BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • China web USPTO Webinar on Top Trademark and Copyright Cases in China

    June 8, 2020

    Register to attend the latest in a series of USPTO webinars focused on intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in China.
  • andrew-robinson-LAtkN1U2v_Q-unsplash web A Letter to Our AIPLA Community

    June 5, 2020

    The continued inequitable treatment of African-Americans and other communities of color is intolerable. We must reflect on how our actions demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion through discussion, education, and implementation. And we must all find ways to come together, and no longer be torn apart.
  • mitchell-luo-ZGi2-wTpKzM-unsplash web USPTO Launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center

    June 5, 2020

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on June 3, 2020, launched the COVID-19 Response Resource Center to provide stakeholders and other interested parties with improved access to USPTO initiatives, programs, and other helpful intellectual property (IP)-related information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • jonathan-borba-v_2FRXEba94-unsplash web Fed. Cir. Upholds Mixed Ruling on Boston Scientific Spinal Device

    June 4, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on May 29, 2020, refused to alter a mixed ruling on the validity of Boston Scientific’s spinal stimulation patent.
  • edward-howell-55bQ7g3ZlQU-unsplash web Ninth Circuit Affirms Jim Beam’s Pucker Vodka Trademark Win

    June 3, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on May 17, 2020, affirmed Jim Beam Brand Co’s (Jim Beam) win against a company that accused it of infringing trademarks because the marks in question were dissimilar and customer confusion wasn’t likely.
  • Hacker web Compulife Software Gets Second Chance in Competitor Hacking Case

    June 1, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on May 20, 2020, vacated and remanded a Florida court ruling that found that a group of website operators who hacked into a competitor’s server and database didn’t infringe its source code copyright or misappropriate its proprietary information.
  • Deadline web USPTO Grants Further Relief for Some Patent Fees and Deadlines

    May 29, 2020

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on May 27, 2020, further extended the time to file certain patent-related documents and to pay certain required fees under its temporary authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
  • chuttersnap-2cG2-NJ3c4o-unsplash web USPTO Proposes Rule Changing AIA Trial Rules on Institution and Responsive Briefing

    May 28, 2020

    The proposed rule provides that if the Board institutes inter partes review, post-grant review, or transitional program for covered business method patents proceedings, trial will proceed on all challenged claims and on all grounds of unpatentability.
  • Lawn web Man Secures Win in ‘Lawn Managers’ Trademark Case Against Ex-Wife

    May 27, 2020

    The Eight Circuit on May 20, 2020, awarded a victory in a trademark infringement case to the owner of a Missouri lawn care company against his ex-wife’s lawn care company because her company continued using his mark after their post-divorce licensing agreement expired.
  • ricardo-gomez-angel-52NJbPMuGuU-unsplash web Copyright Office Calls for Changes to Section 512 Safe Harbor System

    May 26, 2020

    The US Copyright Office on May 21, 2020, announced that it completed its public study to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the safe harbor provisions contained in section 512 of title 17, United States Code.
  • kelly-sikkema-YK0HPwWDJ1I-unsplash web 3rd Cir. Finds Programmer Abandoned Marketing Software Rights

    May 21, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on May 18, 2020, held that computer programmer Peter Brownstein does not own a copyright stake in an updated ethnicity prediction program because he had relinquished his rights to the program.
  • k8-7iLmkodYBQQ-unsplash web USPTO Releases Additional Information on the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

    May 20, 2020

    On May 8, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, permitting COVID-19-related applications filed by small and micro entities to be put on a fast track for patent examination.
  • Taxes web ‘Engineered Tax Services’ Trademark Revived by 11th Cir.

    May 19, 2020

    The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on May 14, 2020, reversed and remanded a lower court decision to invalidate Engineered Tax Services Inc.’s (ETS) trademark covering its name, finding that the phrase “Engineered Tax Services” may be distinctive enough to function as a valid trademark.
  • Chalk web Fed. Cir. Affirms Toys “R” Us, Dollar General, Chalk Toy Design Win

    May 18, 2020

    The Federal Circuit on May 14, 2020, affirmed a lower court win for Toys “R” Us Inc. and Dollar General Corp. in a design patent, copyright, and trade dress infringement suit over a toy chalk holder designed to look like a pencil.
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