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Posts Tagged ‘patents’

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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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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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Brulotte

June 22nd, 2015

Today, in a 6-3 opinion in Kimble et al v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the rule against post-expiration patent royalties. Justice Kagan wrote the majority opinion. Justices Alito and Thomas, joined by Chief Justice Roberts, dissented. As we predicted, the Court was not persuaded by the complex economic arguments advanced by…

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Year in Review: Top IP Issues of 2014

December 22nd, 2014

In a decade that has seen major developments in intellectual property rights and IP law, 2014 was still a significant year. Tech giants such as Google, Samsung and Apple grabbed headlines in their battles over infringement claims, patent reform measures were debated, then scrapped, and a landmark case changed the game for software patents. Here…

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