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Protecting Your Trademark in the United States

Protection Mechanisms in the United States. After selecting your mark, the next step is to decide how to protect it. In the United States, there are three basic types of trademark protection: (1) common-law, (2) state...more

How mediation of patent disputes differs from litigation

Mediation is a well-accepted means of dispute resolution and an alternative to litigation - Patent litigation can be extremely expensive and time consuming. A patent infringement case of even moderate complexity can...more

Proper Trademark Selection to Create a Strong Brand

What a Trademark is and What it Does. A trademark is any word, name, symbol, or device, or combination thereof, used to identify and distinguish the goods (i.e., products) of one supplier from those of others. A...more

Guidelines to Avoid False Advertising

When making an advertisement, what is okay? • Identifying a competitor’s product in the advertisement to make a true comparison • Making a true statement about your product or a competitor’s product that is based on...more

PTAB Decides Inter Partes Review of Patent at Issue in Ariosa v. Sequenom

On September 2nd, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) entered judgment in an inter partes review styled Ariosa Diagnostics v. Isis Innovation Ltd. (IPR 2012-00022). The Board found that Ariosa demonstrated, by a...more

Maintaining Strong Trademark Rights

I. Determining the Strength of Your Mark. The strength, or scope, of a trademark as used in the marketplace is determined by a multi-factored analysis called the likelihood of confusion test, and the scope can differ...more

Court Finds Patent Indefiniteness In Unobtrusive Claims

In Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc., the Federal Circuit applied the test for patent indefiniteness set forth in the recent Supreme Court decision in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, and found that claims reciting an...more

Purple is the New Orange: FDA Releases a Purple Book for Biosimilars

On September 9, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) published the first edition of the Purple Book: Lists of Licensed Biological Products with Reference Product Exclusivity and Biosimilarity or...more

Addressing Section 101 Issues Through Reissue

The contraction of patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 101 that Alice, Mayo, Bilski, and other recent court cases have triggered has placed a cloud of uncertainty over a large number of patents. Fortunately,...more

FDA’s 'Purple Book' for Biologics—Patents Not Included

This past week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the creation of the “Purple Book,” which will list all biological products, including any biosimilar and interchangeable biological products, licensed by the...more

Effect of foreign patent proceedings on U.S. patent litigation

Prosecution and litigation of patents in foreign jurisdictions may have an impact on the enforcement of their corresponding U.S. patent rights - In today’s global marketplace, it is common for patent owners to file for...more

USPTO Extends Deadline for Comments to Help Improve PTAB Proceedings

If you were planning on letting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office know how you feel about the use of the "Broadest Reasonable Interpretation" standard for claim construction during PTAB trials or the near impossibility of...more

Indirect infringement claims by Cuisinart against Mr. Coffee not tossed

Conair Corporation v. Jarden Corporation et al. Case Number: 1:13-cv-06702 - Jarden (maker of “Mr. Coffee” brand expresso [should “expresso” be “espresso” throughout?], cappuccino and latte machines) asked the...more

IP Newsflash - September 2014 #2

Airline Rewards Conversion Method Invalid Under Alice and Bilski - On September 2, 2014, Federal Circuit Judge William Bryson, sitting by designation in the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that two patents on a...more

Python Safety Files Trade Dress and Patent infringement Complaint Against Ty-Flot

On June 18, 2014, Python Safety, Inc. (“Python”), of Woodstock, GA filed a complaint against Ty-Flot, Inc. (“Ty-Flot”), of Manchester, NH, alleging federal trade dress infringement and unfair competition, infringement of US...more

8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment

So, you’re about to raise money for the first time. Good luck! Before you start approaching VC firms for pitch opportunities, though, be aware that investors typically expect a certain amount of organization and structure...more

Stay of Reissue Lifted Up Final Written Decision

In Hewlett-Packard Company v. MCM Portfolio LLC, IPR2013-00217, Paper 32 (September 12, 2014), after the issuance of its Final Written Decision...more

Wikimedia Makes Monkey Out Of Photographer (Or Is It Vice Versa?)

Last month, Wikimedia (the operator of Wikipedia) again refused the request of British photographer David Slater to remove a picture of a monkey from the Wikimedia Commons database of publicly available photographs....more

(Subway) Eat Flesh, An Effective Parody?

This past weekend one of my sons said, “Dad, I have a good blog topic for you.” After he explained, it was clear, yes, son you do! So, he sent me the photo to the left. It is one that he recently snapped at a place that sells...more

Court Report - September 2014 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. et al. 1:14-cv-01156; filed September 10, 2014 in the...more

Fracking Strategies

Advancements in the technology for the development of shale gas resources are expected to open doors to exploitation of shale gas reserves worldwide. In that context, we look at the scope of protection and the issues...more

Judge Griesa finds a patent prosecution bar does not preclude litigation counsel from assisting in an IPR, and would have reached...

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al. Case Number: 1:12-cv-08060 - Patentee Endo asked the court to rule that the protective orders in the patent infringement cases it filed...more

What’s In a Name? The Value of Pharmaceutical & Biologic Branding

September 2014 marks 30 years since the Hatch-Waxman Amendments (Hatch-Waxman) to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) introduced generics as we know them. Hatch- Waxman strove to offer consumers the benefits of “rapid...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #4

..Disappearing ink. Facebook is testing, for a small group of users, a feature that will permit a user to schedule a post for automatic deletion after a specified period of time. It seems that the period can range from an...more

IP|Trend: Inter Partes Review: Is It Still Right For You? [Video]

When we first addressed inter partes review (IPR), it was in its infancy. Now with almost two years under its belt, we’ve learned a lot about how IPR works and how some of the results have played out in practice. Attorneys...more

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