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No Marijuana in Margaritaville: TTAB Rejects Proposed “Marijuanaville” Mark

A recent decision in an opposition proceeding before the TTAB demonstrates that the leisure industry is sometimes anything but laid back. Rights holders who may be wasting away in paradise can be roused to action when their...more

Ninth Circuit Finds “Gem-Shaped” USB Flash Drive Potentially Protectable Under the Copyright Act

The Sims is a popular series of video games in which players create virtual people called “Sims,” design these virtual peoples’ homes and neighborhoods, and help them navigate their in-game relationships, careers, and social...more

No Room at the USPTO: TTAB Rejects Booking.com Trademarks As Generic

Many online businesses prefer to use domain names that communicate as clearly and concisely as possible the types of goods and services offered on their websites. That may be good marketing strategy. But as a recent decision...more

Federal Circuit Confirms The Use Of Broadest Reasonable Interpretation In Inter Partes Review

Since going into effect on September 16, 2012, inter partes review (IPR) has become a widely-used mechanism for challenging the validity of patents. One reason for the popularity of IPR could be that the U.S. Patent and...more

Post Limelight v. Akamai, Are Multi-actor Method Patent Claims D.O.A.?

The Supreme Court’s decision in Limelight v. Akamai yesterday requires a single actor, direct infringer to exist as a prerequisite to any finding of direct or indirect infringement. This decision, in view of the Federal...more

“Natural” Clones Are Ineligible for Patent Protection

Last week, in In re Roslin Institute (Edinburgh), the Federal Circuit affirmed the rejection by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of product claims covering cloned mammals. This case relates to Dolly,...more

White House Announces Executive Actions Designed to Combat Patent Trolls

Last week, the White House announced new executive actions characterized as initiatives “to combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation.” This marks a continuation of the White House’s...more

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