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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 2 (Spring 2014)

In This Issue: - “Patent Trolls” in the Crosshairs – But How Will Patent Reform Legislation Impact the Rest of Us - USPTO Guidance Takes an Expansive View of Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter - Functional Claim...more

5/20/2014 - Data Protection Non-Practicing Entities Patent Exhaustion Patent Litigation Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Trademarks USPTO

Trademark Functionality and Fashion – Tips for Clients

Trademark protection is very important in the fashion industry. The ability to protect certain logos and design features may determine the success of a fashion designer’s business. Thus, it is crucial to understand how to...more

5/14/2014 - Advertising Fashion Design Fashion Industry Functionality Trade Dress Trademarks

Medtronic CoreValve, LLC v. Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

The Federal Circuit's decision in Medtronic CoreValve, LLC v. Edwards Lifesciences Corp. provides a warning for patent practitioners seeking to claim priority to earlier filed patent applications: failure to specifically...more

1/28/2014 - Medtronics Patents Priority Disputes

Smith & Nephew, Inc. v. Rea (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Last week, in Smith & Newphew, Inc. v. Rea, the Federal Circuit reversed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, finding U.S. Patent No. 7,128,744 (the '744 patent), which is owned by Synthes, to be obvious. ...more

7/16/2013 - Medical Devices Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Prior Art USPTO

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