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U.S. International Trade Commission Persists with Remedy for PTAB-Invalidated Patent

The U.S. International Trade Commission has declined to rescind remedial orders blocking importation of products found to infringe two patents that were recently found invalid by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S....more

EU Trademark Reforms: further changes applying from 1 October 2017

by DLA Piper on

EU trademark law is currently undergoing the biggest reform in its history. 1 October 2017 marks another important milestone in the implementation of the EU Trademark Reform Package as a further set of very important...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - August 2017

Worldwide Patent Term Extension Provisions - Mechanisms to recover patent term lost during regulatory approval are available in many countries throughout the world. The August 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler’s Global Patent...more

Catching Counterfeits: Customs Recordation and IP Enforcement

by Knobbe Martens on

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), the primary federal agency responsible for securing America’s borders, is also charged with the protection of intellectual property rights and guarding against the infringement of...more

Green Tech IP after Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The Paris Climate Agreement sets forth goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases with the magnitude and timeline for such reduction being self-imposed by each signatory country.1 The withdrawal of the United States from the...more

AT&T's GO PHONE Trademark Registration Saved by Roaming Services Offered in Canada

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A recent decision involving an AT&T trademark demonstrates how the global reach of technology businesses can sometimes result in a blurring of markets and make documentation of trademark use in Canada difficult to retrieve...more

An Unmapped Spanish Golden Mile: The “Indication Of Geographical Origin” Trademark Prohibition

Spain is famous for wines bathed in the sun. There are various splendid Spanish wine regions: Rioja, Valencia, Penedès, Priorat, Rueda — all of which would, by the way, make fantastic places to go during your holidays if you...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #2

Chicago SSB Tax May Cause State to Lose Federal Funding, USDA Warns - According to a warning letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax that took effect in the Chicago...more

Three Urgent Questions to Ask When Trade Secrets Migrate Across Borders

by Kobre & Kim on

Today’s employees can quickly become tomorrow’s trade rivals. Seamless information-sharing among an increasingly global workforce is great — until key knowledge lands in competitors’ hands. It may be tempting for teams and...more

A New Proposal by Two European Parliament Committees Reveals a Broadening Divide Amongst Stakeholders on How Best to Shape...

by Reed Smith on

An amendment to the proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (the ‘Proposal’) creating a fair remuneration for authors and performers administered by Collective Management Organisations (‘CMOs’)...more

Thailand Has Joined The Madrid Protocol, Effective November 7, 2017

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On August 7, 2017, Thailand acceded to the Madrid Protocol. The change will take effect on November 7, 2017, allowing...more

News from Abroad -- Briefing on Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal Products

What are SPCs? A Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) is an intellectual property right available for active ingredients of human and veterinary medicinal products requiring marketing authorisation. Originally...more

Trademark Fair Use: A Subjective Call No Matter What Side of the Pond

There are occasions where displaying another company’s trademark is desirable. Whether that type of trademark use is lawful generally is a subjective, fact-specific determination under both United States and European Union...more

Where in the World …

For most U.S. patent practitioners, deciding where to file a first patent application used to be simple: if the invention was made in the U.S., applications could not be filed outside the U.S. without a foreign filing...more

Don’t Get Berned – An Important Limitation on Enforcement of Foreign Copyrights Under U.S. Law

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Since March 1, 1989, the United States has been a member of an international copyright treaty named the Berne Convention (formally called the “International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works”). This...more

The Dance of the Cyclones

by Zelle LLP on

On August 7, 2017, powerful Typhoon Noru made landfall in Japan, lashing the island nation with heavy rainfall and maximum sustained winds near 75 mph. While the dangers associated with Noru ought not to be underestimated,...more

Managing an International Trademark Portfolio

by Revision Legal on

Because trademark protection is territorial in nature, managing an international trademark portfolio is complex. Your company may have one trademark or hundreds, in either  case you need experienced and skilled trademark...more

News from Abroad -- EPO Applies Doctrine of Plausibility to Small Molecule Pharmaceuticals

In Decision T 488/16, the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (BoA) have revoked EP 1 169 038, which protected the blockbuster protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) inhibitor dasatinib (Sprycel®). The only request on file...more

Brexit - Legal Implications

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In our latest memorandum, we have briefly outlined some of the main legal implications of Brexit according to different models, including the EEA model. In light of recent comments made by Theresa May, it is unlikely that...more

The Evolution Of Counterfeiting And Five Essential Steps For Fighting Back

by Roetzel & Andress on

Gone are the days where counterfeiters remained in dark alleyways, opening their jackets to reveal fake Rolex watches. Counterfeiters now run sophisticated enterprises around the globe through e-commerce websites such as...more

CJEU Finds Lack of Clarity in Deluxe Ruling

by Locke Lord LLP on

In EUIPO v Deluxe Laboratories (Case C-437/15 P), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) allowed an appeal against a General Court decision in which the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) was held to have...more

Summer's Here, Don't Get Burned!

In May of 2014, this newsletter discussed the prevalence of trademark and domain name scams, and offered tips on how to avoid being duped by fake service offerings (see "Scammers Still Be Scamming" here). Unfortunately,...more

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

Advertising Law - August 2017

U.K. to Ban Gender Stereotypes in Ads - Gender stereotypes in advertising will be banned as a result of new guidelines that will be promulgated by the main advertising regulators in the United Kingdom and go into effect in...more

If You Need a Second Bite at the IPR Apple, Take It Quickly

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a decision denying a second petition for inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) elucidated the factors weighing against granting the petitioner’s request. The decision underscores the PTAB’s...more

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