Intellectual Property Law Knowledge Center

Urgent IP Notice: U.K. Filing Deadline for BREXIT Cloned EUTMs and IRs is September 30, 2021

June 22nd, 2021

At the end of 2020, because of Brexit, the United Kingdom formally separated from the European Union trademark system. This separation affected European Union Trademark registrations (EUTMs) that existed at that time, as well as existing International Registrations (IRs) extended to the European Union.  It also affected pending EUTM applications and IR extensions of protection to the EU.

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Oracle v. Google: The Never-Ending Case Finally Ends

June 7th, 2021

An intellectual property dispute between Oracle and Google that began over a decade ago, has finally reached its conclusion, in a Supreme Court decision rendered on April 5, 2021.

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Brazilian Supreme Court Decides All Patents Receive Patent Term of 20 Years

May 26th, 2021

Recent decisions by the Brazilian Supreme Court removed the option of patent term extension and retroactively changed the patent term on previously granted pharmaceutical and medical device patents.

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Key Aspects of Non-Disclosure Agreements Usage and Potential Pitfalls

May 19th, 2021

Non-disclosure agreements, commonly known as NDAs, are a ubiquitous type of contract in many industries. NDAs can be useful in all sorts of situations, such as when companies look to work together on joint projects, when a party seeks investors, when an employee needs to use confidential information on the job, when a customer shares private data, or when parties agree to a legal settlement.

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The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs

April 22nd, 2021

The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial designs is an effective vehicle for centralized acquisition of design patents in multiple jurisdictions and subsequent maintenance thereof.

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Denying IPR Based on Third Party Litigation Not a Due Process Violation

March 16th, 2021

A decision from the Federal Circuit published March 12, 2021 upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) order denying institution of an inter partes review (IPR) because a district court case not involving the petitioner was imminently headed to trial.

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USPTO Offers Additional Relief to Plant Patent Applicants Due to Pandemic

February 4th, 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused significant changes to the manner in which businesses must operate, including patent offices around the world and the businesses and law firms that file patent applications.

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Plant IP 101: Understand the various options so you can provide basic advice to clients in this complex area of IP law

February 3rd, 2021

There are a number of different types of protection that can be used to protect a novel plant cultivar – Plant Patents, USDA Plant Variety Protection (PVP), Utility Patents directed toward a particular variety, foreign Plant Breeder Rights (PBR), Trademarks, etc.

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2021 IP Trends: Global Patent Officials Must Decide Whether AI Can Be an Inventor for Purposes of Patent Protection

December 22nd, 2020

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?

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As Cannabis Industry Moves Toward Full Legalization, IP Protection Becomes a Crucial Business Strategy

December 9th, 2020

Cannabis legalization in one form or another was on the ballot in five states – Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota – and passed in all of them.

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