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Waiting to Enforce your Trademark Rights

November 20th, 2018

Owning a trademark brings certain benefits and obligations. If you are the first entity in a particular geographic area to use a distinctive word (or phrase, logo, color, etc.) to sell a product or to provide a service, then you may claim exclusive rights in that area for that trademark on those products or services. Your trademark rights allow you to preclude subsequent entities in the same area from using the same, or confusingly similar, trademark on related products or services.

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Understanding the Use of Decision Trees in Mediation

November 8th, 2018

A useful tool in preparing for mediation or in a mediation itself is a decision tree. Decision trees, also known as flow charts, help attorneys to make decisions early in the mediation process and plan for potential outcomes.

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Revised PTAB Operating Procedures Will Mean Transparency and Reliability for Patent Owners

October 4th, 2018

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), created in 2012 as part of the America Invents Act, a branch of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that hears appeals to adverse examiner decisions and conducts trials, including inter partes reviews and post-grant challenges. Ideally, the PTAB is meant to ensure the predictable, uniform, and unbiased application of USPTO policy to patent applications.

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Do You Have European Patents? Get Ready for the UPC

January 30th, 2018

In the nearly five years since 25 European Union states signed an intergovernmental agreement to create a Unified Patent Court (UPC), a number of political obstacles have arisen to delay its enactment. Those obstacles are beginning to resolve, however, and it is time to begin thinking about how the Unitary Patent will affect your IP portfolio strategy.

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2017 Supreme Court and Federal Circuit IP Year in Review

December 27th, 2017

Throughout 2017, Panitch Schwarze has carefully watched key intellectual property disputes at the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). The following 2017 cases will impact the protection of intellectual property in the United States.

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A Successful Association of Legal Administrators Regional Conference

December 5th, 2017

I recently attended the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Regional Conference in Nashville, TN on a scholarship from the First State Chapter of ALA. At the conference I attended seminars that focused on leadership, communication and innovative thinking for administrators in the legal profession.

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3 Key Takeaways from the ALA Intellectual Property Conference

November 2nd, 2017

Intellectual property law changes at an ever-quickening rate, which is one reason Panitch Schwarze takes continuing education seriously. With practice areas across the IP legal spectrum and global services spanning 28 countries, we need to be more than efficient. We need to be on top of our game.

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Don’t Fall For It! Trademark Scams and Misleading Notices

August 25th, 2017

Once you submit your application to register a trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the application becomes part of a public record. That means your name and contact information can be accessed by anyone searching the records of the USPTO.

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Recognizing Inventor Howard Head

July 7th, 2017

Try as he might, tall and lanky Howard Head never could claim to be truly proficient at the sports he loved. But he could say that he changed them forever. As he explained it when I first met him, he was a frustrated weekend athlete, and he thought that his frustration was linked to the equipment available.

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SCOTUS Rules Trademark Disparagement Clause Unconstitutional

June 22nd, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the U.S. Trademark Office’s refusal to register “The Slants” as a trademark for an Oregon-based rock band was unconstitutional. This is a case the trademark attorneys at Panitch Schwarze have been watching closely, as this landmark decision could reshape U.S. trademark law significantly.

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