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Sports Bras and Tires - What Do They Have In Common?

Sports bras and tires don’t seem to have much in common, but both embody visual designs fashioned to appeal to consumers and both have a particular form of intellectual property— design patents—tailored to protect their...more

Addressing the Question of How to Determine an Infringer’s “Article of Manufacture” under 35 U.S.C. § 289

Just when it seemed that we might have finally reached the end of the epic battle between Apple and Samsung in what was once called the “patent trial of the century,” the District Court for the Northern District of California...more

The Goods on IP - July 2017

The July 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's The Goods on IP discusses thinking like an Examiner to move prosecution forward, the wide variety of consumer product companies using design patents to protect their valuable product...more

Why Design Patents Are Surviving Post-Grant Challenges

As of January 2017, the institution rate for Patent Trial and Appeal Board trials involving design patents was 37 percent. That is significantly lower than every other technology area and makes design patents the only...more

Apple v. Samsung: What Does it Really Mean for Consumer Product Companies?

In 2011, Apple sued Samsung in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.) alleging that several Samsung smartphones infringed utility and design patents owned...more

The Goods on IP - April 2017

Intellectual property plays an important role in maintaining a competitive edge in rapidly evolving consumer product and consumer packaged goods markets. Consumers expect ongoing product improvements, and savvy companies...more

The Design Patent Case of the Century

On October 11, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Apple v. Samsung, the first case before the court in more than 125 years involving a claim for design patent infringement...more

Mark It to MarketTM - July 2016

The July 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's Mark It to MarketTM newsletter discusses an upcoming SCOTUS design patent case, In One Nation Enterprises and stylization of a descriptive term, and currently open gTLD Sunrise...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - June 2016

The June 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses the rise in additional specimen requests from the USPTO, examines the TTAB's decision in In re Florists' Transworld Delivery, Inc., and notes...more

MarkIt to MarketTM -- Special Brexit Edition

Brexit - What You Need to Know Today - 1. No immediate change: The UK's vote last week to leave the EU after 43 years marks the beginning of a legal procedure whereby the UK may start the formal process of withdrawing...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - May 2016

The May 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses the April 2016 revisions to the USPTO's Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure ("TMEP") and notes currently open gTLD Sunrise...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - April 2016

The April 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses (1) the evolving nature of the USPTO's U.S. Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and how to use this document to craft better...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - March 2016

The March issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses use requirements of which trademark owners should be aware before undertaking a foreign filing program, and currently open gTLD sunrise...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - February 2016

The February issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses the trademark implications of so-called "zombie" brands, examines Reddit reactions to the Fine Brothers' attempts to register and monetize the...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - January 2016

The January issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses best practices for companies seeking to refresh or rebrand in 2016, outlines the top three considerations for companies conducting a...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien, Inc.

Decision Date: August 7, 2015 - Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - Patent: D661,801; D661,802; D661,803; D661,804 - Holding: Summary judgment of invalidity REVERSED; claim construction...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - December 2015

The December issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market TM newsletter discusses key takeaways as a result of a recent TTAB case in which a trademark was found to be laudatory, sends seasons greetings from the firm, and...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - November 2015

The November issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses how authors can better protect titles of creative works in the U.S., outlines seven best practices for social media marketers seeking to quickly...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - October 2015

The October issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses use in commerce as applied to mobile applications and services, outlines best practices for ensuring your business owns artwork and textual works...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - September 2015

The September issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market™ newsletter discusses considerations when filing a petition under the USPTO pilot program, outlines what you should know when protecting a trademark for wearable...more

MarkIt to Market - August 2015

The August issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses consent agreements and how to avoid naked consent, suggests 5 steps for protecting shrinking trademarks, and provides an updated list of the Sunrise...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

Why it Pays to Make Nice with Marketing

You may have read here before about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) increased focus on removing "deadwood" – registrations that remain in force, but cover marks that are not actually in use for all of the...more

Two Prong Protection is the Best Approach for Product Configuration

It has long been possible to use both trade dress and design patent rights to protect three-dimensional designs that function as trademarks. One strategy has been to rely on design patent protection while a three-dimensional...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - July 2015

The July issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter explains why two pronged protection is the best approach for product configuration, discusses the importance of coordination between legal and marketing...more

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