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Federal Circuit Says Commission Must Toe the Line in Invisalign ITC Case

In Align Technology, Inc. v. International Trade Commission, the Federal Circuit held that ITC action that violated ITC’s own regulations warranted vacatur under the Administrative Procedures Act. While the case addresses...more

Federal Circuit Makes ITC Comply With Its Own Rules

In an opinion dated July 18, 2014, in Align Technology, Inc. v. International Trade Commission (Fed. Cir. July 18, 2014, No. 2013-1240, -1363) 2014 U.S. App. Lexis 13717, the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a decision of...more

Supreme Court's Indefiniteness Ruling Has Immediate Impact at ITC

After a hearing in an Investigation occurred between February 24 and March 7, 2014 and with the parties having submitted their opening post-hearing briefs on March 21, 2014 and their reply post-hearing briefs on March 28,...more

Guest Post: The U.S. Government Continues to Have "Serious Concerns" with Canada's Heightened Patent Utility Requirements

While the United States and Canada share a border, common values and a strong commitment to international trade and security issues, many are surprised to learn that protection of intellectual property (IP) is a source of...more

Patent Grace Periods In South East Asia

As South East Asia becomes an increasingly popular patent filing destination, we explore the region’s grace period provisions and their limitations....more

The Global Patent Prosecution Highway – Global Protection on a Budget

Patent prosecution can be a slow and expensive process. A business or an applicant may wish to accelerate the process of procuring a patent for a number of reasons including, engaging in enforcement activity and reducing...more

ITC Affirms Trade Secret Violation Against Chinese Company For Stealing U.S. Rubber Resin Trade Secrets, Imposes 10-Year Import...

The U.S. International Trade Commission has upheld an Administrative Law Judge’s determination that a Chinese company misappropriated its U.S. competitor’s rubber resin trade secrets, and has banned it from importing its...more

USPTO Issues Final Rule to Implement Patent Law Treaty -- Changes Take Effect December 18

On October 21, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a final rule (78 Fed. Reg. 62368) revising the rules of practice pursuant to title II of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA), which amends U.S....more

October 2013: International Trade Commission Update - ITC Unveils New Pilot Program Aimed at Early Resolution of 337...

The United States International Trade Commission recently unveiled a new pilot program aimed at faster, less expensive resolution of 337 investigations. As part of the pilot program, the Commission “will identify, at...more

ITC Section 337 Update - April 15, 2013

Commission Notice In 874 Investigation Directing Early Determination Whether NPE Complainant Satisfied Domestic Industry Requirement – On March 22, 2013, the Commission issued a Notice instituting Certain Products...more

Obama Administration Reports on Efforts to Prevent Trade Secret Misappropriation

The Obama Administration issued a Report earlier this month, entitled "Administration Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets," that sets forth its efforts to prevent trade secret misappropriation. The Report...more

Member States Sign Agreement to Establish Unified Patent Court

On Tuesday, the Council of the European Union announced that twenty-four member states had signed the international agreement that would establish a Unified Patent Court (UPC), a specialized court having exclusive...more

IP 101 – 10 Things You Should Know About Patents to Protect Your Business

1. What is a patent? A patent is a right granted to inventors by the government to exclude others from making, selling, offering for sale, using, or importing an invention. The U.S. Government has issued over eight...more

The Patent Prosecution Highway Pothole for Pharmaceutical Patents

The USPTO promotes the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) as a way to “fast-track” a U.S. patent application when a corresponding foreign application has been allowed, or when a corresponding PCT application has received a...more

Consider Filing U.S. Patent Applications Before March 16

MARCH 16, 2013 is the effective date for major changes made to the U.S. Patent Act by the America Invents Act (“AIA”). These changes should motivate inventors to consider filing their patent applications before the changes...more

Chinese Government Decision May Help Brands Protect Themselves

Anyone trying to stop Chinese counterfeiters learns almost immediately that most of the information that would ordinarily identify China-based owners of a URL or website is false. That makes it costly or impossible to...more

Justice Department and Patent Office Issue “Policy Statement” Regarding Remedies for Standards-Essential Patents

In a statement likely to be influential with courts, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on January 9 issued a joint Policy Statement urging limitations on remedies for infringement...more

USPTO News Briefs - January 08, 2013

USPTO and EPO Announce Formal Launch of Cooperative Patent Classification System - On January 2, both the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent...more

IP 101 – 10 Things to Know About Trademarks

1. What is a trademark? A trademark is a brand name for a product. It can be a word, phrase, logo, design, or virtually anything that is used to identify the source of the product and distinguish it from competitors’...more

News from Abroad: Availability of Documents at the EPO -- EPO Board of Appeal Decision T1839/11

Originally published in Forresters on January 6, 2012. Background: The patent - NovozymesFollowing grant of a patent to Novozymes in November 2009, the patent was asserted in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands...more

A New Design Patent International Filing Treaty

A new system for international design patent registration will greatly benefit design innovators through cost and timing efficiencies. In December 2012, President Obama signed into law the Patent Law Treaties Implementation...more

President Obama Signs into Law the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act

On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act. The Act amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) and expands the jurisdiction of federal courts over cases concerning...more

"Recent Amendment to the Economic Espionage Act Extends Protection Against Misappropriation"

On December 28, 2012, President Obama enacted the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012. The Act clarifies the scope of Section 1832 of the Economic Espionage Act and attempts to reverse the Second Circuit’s recent...more

Supporting Claim Amendments Around The World – Seriously

This post takes us down a road we don’t frequently travel here at the IP Stone. So, to those who don’t consider themselves patent geeks (excluding closet patent geeks who refuse to acknowledge their true nature), my...more

Upcoming Patent Law Changes Will Put Pressure on Patents

Originally published in Pharmaceutical Outsourcing’s website on December 2012. Patent law is changing rapidly. The changes are putting even greater pressure on patents as a tool for protecting a pharmaceutical or...more

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