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The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 06

In this issue: - “Google It”: The Search Engine’s Trademark May Be a Verb, But It’s Not Generic - You Say “Tom‘ah’to,” I Say “Tom‘ay’to”: Determining the Correct Pronunciation of Uniquely Coined Trademarks -...more

Let There Be Discounts! Copyrights Cannot Be Used To Control Importation Or Impair Competition

Who does not like a good discount? Well, manufacturers, like Omega, for one. Fortunately for consumers, in Omega S.A. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., (January 20, 2015, 11-57137) ___ F.3d ___, the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a...more

Newsletter: January 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..EC Competition Law: Latest Developments Provide Ever Greater Opportunities for Private Enforcement - Noted With Interest: ..The Strategy of Lone Pine Orders: Timing...more

Protecting Polka Dots and Zebra Stripes Through Copyright: Eleventh Circuit Affirms Ruling that Boot Designs are Infringed (But...

A relatively common problem affecting the fashion industry is claims of copyright infringement over designs that appear on clothing and other merchandise. In particular, retailers create product overseas, unaware that a...more

Article: January 2015 ITC Litigation Update

The ITC as a Favorable Venue in Light of Increasing IPR Petitions and District Courts Propensities to Stay Pending IPR. Since its inception in September 2012, inter parties review (“IPR”) has become a powerful tool for...more

Ninth Circuit (Mostly) Skirts the Issue of Copyright Misuse in Most Recent Omega v. Costco Decision

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, as the saying goes. However, things are not always as they appear, and sometimes events unfold in ways you would not anticipate. Such is the case with the Ninth Circuit decision in the...more

UK: Copyright – Copyright Tribunal’s functions to be transferred to Scottish Tribunal

On 22nd the Government published the Command Paper “Scotland in the UK”,  implementing the Smith Commission’s recommendation (subject to consultation) that the Copyright Tribunal’s functions should be transferred to a...more

International Trade Commission Clarifies the Requirements for Standing in a Patent Infringement Investigation at the ITC

The International Trade Commission (ITC) recently issued an opinion clarifying the requirements for standing in patent infringement suits at the ITC. On January 7, 2015, the Commission issued the public version of its opinion...more

ITC Section 337 Update – January 2015

Amicus Curiae United States Moves To Present Oral Argument In Suprema – On January 15, 2015, the United States filed an unopposed motion for leave to participate in oral argument before the en banc Federal Circuit in Suprema...more

An American Attorney in Canada (Part 3: Letters of Request in Patent Litigation)

A recent Ontario court decision (Arctic Cat Inc. et al. v. Peter Watson, 2014 ONSC 6874 (CanLII)) dealt with a foreign letter of request, or “letter rogatory” in a cross-border patent infringement case involving the invention...more

Patenting Your Basement Fusion Reactor: Utility Requirements Under U.S. Patent Law

Multiple projects are currently underway to demonstrate feasibility of fusion energy. The goal of the ITER multinational project in southern France (of which the United States is a participant) is to deliver ten times the...more

Preparing for the Roll Out of the European Patent Reforms

In this lw.com interview, Latham & Watkins counsels Charles Courtenay and Christian Engelhardt and associate Donald McCombie discuss the impact of the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) on existing European Patents and outline...more

Staging a Multi-front Patent War

Although the United States may still occupy a leading position when companies are deciding where to enforce their patent rights worldwide, patentees who hold patent rights in multiple countries have started opening up...more

The Uncomfortable Intersection between the Practice of Medicine and Reality

The disconnect between patents and medicine (and more particularly, between physicians who prescribe patented drugs and the pharmaceutical companies who produce them) was illustrated nicely in a recent dustup between doctors...more

Some Human Embryonic Stem Cells Are Once Again Patent-eligible in Europe

Last Thursday, the European Court of Justice rendered a decision in International Stem Cell (ISCO) Corporation v. Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (UK) that significantly modified the landscape for human...more

Secrets in the Spotlight

Companies May Get a New Weapon in the Fight Against Economic Espionage - Efforts to protect property from global threats gained momentum in Washington this summer with the introduction of a pair of bills that would...more

ITC Section 337 Update – December 2014

GAO Issues Report Evaluating Customs’ Exclusion Order Enforcement Processes – On November, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a Report entitled Intellectual Property: U.S. Customs And Border...more

Patentability of isolated nucleic acid: US vs. Australia

Patents directed to genetic material have been t­­­­he subject of significant public discourse and legal challenge worldwide, leading to a divergence of governing law between jurisdictions and heightened industry uncertainty...more

The view from the UK and France of the fundamental reform in European patent law

The introduction of a unitary patent and a unified patent court system is viewed as a very exciting prospect. Somewhat paradoxically, however, the introduction of the UP will mean that three types of patents will become...more

European patent law: fundamental reform ahead

The European Union member states are preparing to introduce a new European Patent with Unitary Effect and a single Unified Patent Court with divisions located throughout Europe. With this package of broad patent reforms, the...more

The German perspective on the fundamental reforms in European patent law

Arguably, Germany is the jurisdiction which has the most to lose with the introduction of the UPC. The German patent infringement courts have built a reputation of offering an attractive combination of quality, speed and a...more

The view from the US of the fundamental reform in European patent law

While a radical departure from prior practice in the EU, the concept of a European Patent with Unitary Effect will be familiar to US practitioners. That is because the Unitary Patent (UP) System is an “all eggs in one basket”...more

The Italian position on the fundamental reform in European patent law

From a foreign perspective, it is not easy to understand the difference between UP and UPC. If you are Italian, the distinction is extremely clear, as Italy joined the newly established unified patent court system (the UPC)...more

A New Domain Name Dispute Alternative: The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS)

The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) was created as part of ICANN’s new gTLD program. A gTLD (generic top-level domain) is the “suffix” at the end of a domain name, most commonly .com, .org, .info, .biz and .us. Prior to...more

The New Private Copying Exception: The UK Music Industry Wants to be Paid for It

Three UK music industry organisations, the Musician’s Union, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and UK Music, have recently launched a legal action seeking leave to apply for judicial review of the...more

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