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February 2021
Global Intellectual Property (IP) Transactions and Litigation
Intellectual Property Intelligence
2021 IP Trends: Global Patent Officials Must Decide Whether AI Can Be an Inventor for Purposes of Patent Protection
Artificial intelligence is being used more and more to develop new inventions without human aid. But as AI capabilities increase at a rapid pace, patent offices around the world face a crucial question: can AI be an inventor for purposes of patent protection?
The Pandemic’s Likely Permanent Impact on Depositions
Our firm improved our operating efficiency by eliminating commute times when, in March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, we bought laptops for our administrative staff, and within a week, our entire firm was working 100 percent remotely.
Trademark Fee Increases
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) will be enacting several trademark fee adjustments, effective January 2, 2021. We will see significant increases in application filing fees, maintenance and renewal fees, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) fees.
Don’t Forget About Design Patents
Say you have a great new invention. What is one major thing you need to do before releasing it to the world and making your millions? Get a patent! Don’t stop there, though. In many cases, it makes sense to get a design patent in addition to a standard utility patent.
Federal Circuit Clarifies Hatch-Waxman Venue
So you want to bring your Hatch-Waxman suit and find a, perhaps, more favorable jurisdiction – like your own? On November 5, the Federal Circuit undercut that possibility for many actions brought against ANDA filers.

Highlights from Panitch Schwarze
Bijal Shah-Creamer headshot Bijal Shah-Creamer Named Partner at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel

Bijal Shah-Creamer has been named a partner of Panitch Schwarze. An intellectual property attorney, Shah-Creamer focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, opinion work on patent validity and infringement, due diligence, and patentability analyses, mainly in the chemical arts. Her practice also includes IP litigation including patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets, computer fraud and abuse, and licensing/contract disputes.
Jeffrey W. Gluck, Ph.D. headshot Panitch Schwarze Partner to Co-Chair New AIPLA Sub-Committee

Jeffrey W. Gluck, Ph.D. has been asked to co-chair a new sub-committee for AIPLA on emerging technologies policy. This AIPLA sub-committee will monitor and discuss updates in the law regarding developing technologies. It also will draft legislation, regulations or decisional law when needed.
Dennis J. Butler headshot Panitch Schwarze Attorney Dennis J. Butler Featured in Irish Legal 100 2020

Dennis J. Butler was selected for inclusion in the Irish Legal 100. Founded in 2008 by the Irish Voice newspaper in New York, the Irish Legal 100 is an annual list of the most distinguished U.S. legal professionals who share an Irish background.
Philip L. Hirschhorn headshot Panitch Schwarze Partner Philip Hirschhorn Discusses Moving to a New Firm During a Global Pandemic

Philip L. Hirschhorn recently spoke with Managing IP, a leading source of news and insight into global intellectual property trends and topics, about making a lateral move during the ongoing pandemic of novel coronavirus. Hirschhorn is quoted in Rani Mehta’s article, “How five IP lawyers adapted to new jobs during COVID.”
Best Lawyers® for 2021 logo U.S. News – Best Lawyers Again Names Panitch Schwarze Among ‘Best Law Firms’ for 2021

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that it has been named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for 2021, again achieving national rankings in the practice areas of intellectual property litigation, trademark law, patent litigation, and patent law.
Martin G. Belisario headshot Panitch Schwarze Partner Featured on The Law Entrepreneur Podcast

Martin G. Belisario was featured on The Law Entrepreneur podcast. The episode “Growing From Small- to Mid-Sized Firm – with Martin Belisario” provides insight into Belisario’s firsthand experience with and approach to, remote work, staffing, marketing and more.
Philadelphia Business Journal logo The Philadelphia Business Journal Ranks Panitch Schwarze Among Largest Intellectual Law Firm Practices in Philadelphia

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is proud to announce that the firm has been recognized in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s largest intellectual property law firms in greater Philadelphia list.
Tamr logo Panitch Schwarze Client Tamr Thanks Partners in Company IP Update

Panitch Schwarze client Tamr recognized the firm, and specifically, partners John D. Simmons and Clark A. Jablon for their work to help the company grow their patent and trademark portfolio.

Featured Practice Area – Post Grant Proceedings
Litigation serves as an important legal tool and at Panitch Schwarze, we focus specifically on intellectual property litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Our attorneys are widely respected for their legal skills, technical expertise and trial capabilities. Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is ranked by The Best Lawyers in America® as a Tier 1 Patent Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation law firm in Philadelphia and nationally ranked law firm in the same categories. Relying on their professional experiences, our attorneys have successfully litigated all manners of intellectual property cases before administrative agencies, state courts, and federal courts, including litigation involving patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, trade dress cases, computer fraud and abuse, cybersquatting and licensing/contract disputes.

Featured Industry – Pharmaceuticals / Biotechnology / Chemicals

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP serves the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries, helping companies/clients safeguard and enforce their intellectual property, while avoiding infringement of valid intellectual property rights of others. We take the time to get to know our clients and their businesses to determine what needs to be protected by patents, trademarks and trade secrets. We conduct freedom to operate and due diligence analyses to assist our clients in making decisions on mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, and research and development on new products.

Did you Know?

Panitch Schwarze partner Dr. Travis W. Bliss will be speaking at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) 2021 Spring Meeting in May. Stay tuned for more updates from us on what to expect from Travis at the conference.

Frequently Asked Questions About IP

What’s the difference between a patent and a trademark?

A. A patent protects new and nonobvious inventions whereas trademarks protect branding associated with goods or services. Read more…

Q: What is the proper use of TM, SM, and ®?

A: : The initials TM are a recognized abbreviation for trademark. The ™ symbol, which is usually … Read more…

Q. Do patent owners have to do anything to maintain patent protection?

A: There are two important components of maintaining patent protection. The first is routine; U.S. patent holders … Read more…

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