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Mark My Words! – Heed Patent Marking Requirements

July 29th, 2020

Congratulations! You’ve just been awarded a patent on your invention, which you are now manufacturing or otherwise using. You want to be certain that you will be able to enforce your patent and to collect any damages to which you are entitled, should someone infringe it. Now what?

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Inter Partes Reviews – Patent Owners to Get a Helping Hand?

May 28th, 2020

Proposed rule changes by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) published on May 27, 2020 may finally help improve patent owners’ odds of avoiding inter partes reviews (IPRs). 

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U.S. Trademark Office Makes Process Changes to Combat Bad Faith Filings

May 12th, 2020

The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 has changed the way the United States Patent and Trademark Office operates, but the work of protecting intellectual property continues, albeit in a different manner. So, when a public meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) was held on April 17, 2020, it was held online.

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SCOTUS Ruling Forecloses More Appeal Issues on PTAB Decisions

May 6th, 2020

Patent owners have lost another potential appeal argument relating to Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions after a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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IP Considerations During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 25th, 2020

As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, intellectual property attorneys and their clients face new challenges daily.

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USPTO Implements its Changes to the Trademark Rules of Practice

February 13th, 2020

On February 15, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will implement its new Changes to the Trademark Rules of Practice.

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Are You Offended?: Scandalous and Disparaging Trademarks

January 17th, 2019

Not every name or brand is eligible for federal trademark registration with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). One of the reasons the USPTO might reject an application to register a trademark is because the trademark is considered offensive.

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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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Let’s Face It; Some Patents Are Odd!

August 7th, 2018

By Stephen E. Murray Over ten million patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to date. Here are four of the stranger ones: Patent 7062320 – Device for the treatment of hiccups “A device for the treatment of hiccups, and more specifically, to a method and apparatus for the treatment…

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When Will the Patent Office Issue Patent #20,000,000?

July 9th, 2018

On June 19th, the US Patent Office issued its ten millionth patent, to Raytheon, just over three years after it issued the ninth millionth patent to WiperFill Holdings, LLC. It took 200 years for the total number of U.S. patents to reach 5 million.

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