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USPTO Closer to Recognizing Patent Agent Privilege?

December 9th, 2016

A key element of our justice system, the attorney-client privilege, was put in place to ensure that every citizen can obtain sound legal advice. Confidences discussed with an attorney in order to obtain legal advice are privileged from discovery in litigation. When it comes to the protection of intellectual property rights, patent attorneys, like all other lawyers, enjoy this privilege with their clients.

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Trademarks Update: Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Disparagement Provision

October 20th, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to answer a question that has plagued federal trademark law for decades: Does the government have the right to refuse to register trademarks which it has deemed “disparaging?” And, given that the First Amendment prohibits our government from restricting speech, does it make sense to have the U.S. Trademark Office approve or deny trademark registrations on grounds that may limit speech?

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What Does the Brexit Vote Mean for IP Protection?

July 7th, 2016

As is well known by now, the citizens of Great Britain have chosen to leave the European Union (EU), a move popularly dubbed the “Brexit.” Despite the economic upheaval and media firestorm surrounding the vote, the realm of intellectual property law is unlikely to see any immediate consequences from the Brexit.

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Understanding the Three Types of U.S. Patents

June 2nd, 2016

Scientists who are focused on their research in a laboratory may not be thinking ahead to the future business applications of their discoveries. But protecting the intellectual property developed in the lab should be a critical consideration for all scientists, whether they are working solo or are part of a large R&D department at a major corporation.

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Saluting ‘The Most Beautiful Woman’ in STEM

January 28th, 2016

Heralded as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” screen legend Hedy Lamarr — who died 16 years ago last week — was much more than a pretty face; she also was a brilliant inventor. One of her inventions, in fact, helped to lay the groundwork for the technology that powers the wireless devices we…

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Top Patent Trends for 2016

January 13th, 2016

The protection of intellectual property rights through the use of patents remains critically important in today’s global economy. Court decisions in 2015 affected important elements of patent law and laid the foundation for continuing evolution of the law in 2016.

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3 Top IP Moments of 2015

January 7th, 2016

It’s that time of year when seemingly every blog and online publication posts year-end “listicles,” and, for better or worse, we are no exception. It’s more difficult for us, though, because as engineers and intellectual property attorneys, we prefer objective analysis. “Biggest,” “best,” and other superlatives are invariably laden with subjective judgment. In a year…

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CAFC: CAFC: Gov’t Can’t Censor ‘Disparaging’ Trademarks

December 29th, 2015

When we discussed the provision of U.S. trademark law that prohibits the use of “disparaging” words in a registered trademark, we noted that “change may be on the horizon.” On Dec. 22, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that at least the prohibition against registration of “disparaging marks” Section 2(a) of…

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Prince vs. the ‘Dancing Baby’: the Evolution of ‘Fair Use’

November 12th, 2015

Your IP attorneys have discovered a video on YouTube of a baby dancing while your – copyrighted – music plays in the background. The legal team quickly dispatches a takedown notice, claiming infringement.

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Trademarks 101: Basic Principles Every Organization Needs To Know

June 11th, 2015

William Shakespeare might have asked “What’s in a name?” but in business, the answer is: quite a lot. With apologies to Shakespeare’s Juliet, your goods and services by any other name may not, in fact, smell as sweet. Your organization’s tradename or brand is a calling card, an advertisement, and, ideally, one way in which…

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