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February 2018
Global Intellectual Property (IP) Transactions and Litigation
Intellectual Property Intelligence
Howard HeadDo You Have European Patents? Get Ready for the UPC
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. It is time to begin thinking about how the Unitary Patent will affect your IP portfolio strategy.
Howard Head2017 Supreme Court and Federal Circuit IP Year in Review
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.
The SlantsA Successful Association of Legal Administrators Regional Conference
Krista Hart, Human Resources Manager, 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 she attended seminars that focused on leadership, communication and innovative thinking for administrators in the legal profession.
UPC Update3 Key Takeaways from the ALA Intellectual Property Conference
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 on top of our game.

Highlights from Panitch Schwarze
Panitch Schwarze Moves to New Office in Philadelphia
The firm is pleased to announce that the Philadelphia office moved on Jan. 29, 2018. The new office is located at: Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, Suite 2800, Philadelphia, PA 19103 -7044. The phone and fax numbers remain the same for the office.
PTAB Rules in Favor of Hamamatsu Corporation Over Harvard Patent
Panitch Schwarze is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has ruled in favor of its client, Hamamatsu Corporation. The decision found that many of the claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,884,446 (Patent ‘446) were unpatentable. John D. Simmons, Stephen E. Murray, and Keith A. Jones, were involved in the proceeding before the PTAB.
IP Attorney John D. Simmons Assumes Presidency of PIPLA
The firm is proud to announce that John D. Simmons will lead the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA) for the 2017 – 2018 program year, while attorney Keith A. Jones will continue to serve on the organization’s board.
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel Welcomes Patent Practice Coordinator
Clare F. Tokarski has joined the firm to serve as its patent practice coordinator. With more than 15 years of experience in the field of intellectual property prosecution, she helps to oversee the operations of the firm’s vibrant and continually growing patent practice.

Featured Practice Area – Trade Secrets
Trade secret protection can serve as a valuable way to protect certain intellectual property rights. Trade secret protection can last indefinitely, and thus, trade secrets can offer an advantage over patent protection, which only lasts for a specifically limited period of time.
Read more about our Trade Secrets practice…

Featured Industry – Energy
The firm serves the energy industry, helping businesses safeguard and enforce their intellectual property. We take the time to get to know our clients and their businesses, to determine what needs to be trademarked, if there is anything that needs to be patented, and if there are any trade secrets to protect.
Read more about our experience in the Energy industry…
Did You Know?

For the first time, China has become one of the top 5 U.S. patent recipients. According to the IFI Claims Patent Services, Chinese inventors received 11,240 U.S. patents in 2017. Panitch Schwarze has contributed to this growth, representing several Chinese companies and research institutes successfully patenting inventions to new chemical entities, pharmaceutical compositions, methods of treatment, biotechnology advancements and industrial machines/equipment.

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Frequently Asked Questions About IP

Q: What are the benefits of U.S. trademark registration?

A: U.S. trademark rights originate when a mark is used in commerce in association with specific goods and/or services. When considering adoption and use of a particular mark, a company should consider pursuing a federal registration for the mark to more fully protect and promote that brand name. Learn more about the benefits…

Q: How long does it take to get a patent?

A: The average prosecution of a patent application from filing to allowance or abandonment is on the order of 2-3 years. Learn more about patents…
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