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Jagla Moderates INTA/OHIM Examiner Training Highlighting Business in Regulated Industries and the Regulatory Impact on Trademarks

A diverse panel of International Trademark Association (INTA) members met with Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) officials, OHIM examiners and representatives from the national offices in Alicante, Spain,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Fifty-eight Problems and Trademarks Are Just One: Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye, Pharrell and Rihanna Sue Fashion Retailer

It’s become a hard-knock life for ElevenParis, a French fashion retailer with stores in the U.S. After selling t-shirts and other merchandise with these not-so-subtle designs..…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Earning Trademarks with Every Coupon? How Johnson & Johnson Secured The Mark: Earning Trust With Every Bottle

A recent ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“the Board”) found a coupon to be an acceptable specimen for the U.S. Trademark Office (“Office”) showing proper trademark use. Johnson & Johnson submitted the coupon to…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Are Transitory Signals Patent-eligible?

Computer software patents have been receiving significant upset overturn in validity since the well-known U.S. Supreme Court decision providing certain exceptions to patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, Alice…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Clean Sweep for F. Hoffmann-La Roche Domains

Healthcare giant, F. Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche) filed for and was awarded the transfer of 74 domain names that had been registered by multiple individuals. Roche had filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Living Next Door to Alice

Those who practice patent law in the computer arts before the USPTO are well aware of dealing with 35 U.S.C. § 101 rejections of claims due to alleged lack of patentable subject matter when claiming so-called “abstract ideas.”…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Concerned (or not) that the same three-judge panel makes the IPR institution decision and conducts the trial? The USPTO wants to hear from you.

On Tuesday, August 25, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened for public comment a proposed pilot program for inter-partes review proceedings (IPRs), one of the patent post-grant review proceedings made…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

The Dot-com Era Is Over, Welcome to .Anything

For both new and existing businesses, new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) offer increased flexibility and opportunities for an expanded online presence. A gTLD is the part of a web address that comes after the “dot” (“.”)…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Do-It-Yourself Trademarks — Part II

In a recent blog post, we talked about how it is possible in the U.S. to file a trademark application on your own, and why it may not be such a good idea. Besides having a working knowledge of classes of goods and services,…more
| Intellectual Property

A Flurry of PTAB Activity

Since the passing of the America Invents Act, a number of already issued patents have come under new scrutiny through various post-grant procedures. One of the more prominent post-grant procedures is the Inter Partes Review…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

IKEA Wins in and Thirty Other Domain Name Challenges

Ikea Systems BV of the Netherlands filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the transfer of multiple domain names registered by Michael Herman, an individual located in North Carolina. These domains…more
| Administrative Law, Business Torts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Should You File Trademark Applications on Your Own?

A recent article published by World Trademark Review talked about the pros and cons of individuals filing their own trademark applications without the benefit of experienced trademark counsel. First and foremost, individuals may…more
| Intellectual Property

The Dire Consequences of Misleading Patent Examiners and the Court During Patent Prosecution and Litigation

As the summer winds down, vacations recede in the rear-view mirrors, and the “school” year begins, two recent cases offer a refresher course in the dire consequences awaiting inventors who misrepresent prior art during patent…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Credibility Challenges Posed by the Eccentric Inventor Witness

Eccentric inventors can be their own worst enemies at depositions and on the witness stand at trial. General Electric Co. v. Wilkins (Fed. Cir., May 8, 2014) is a recent case on point. The General Electric case involved a…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Start-Up Like a Marathoner

It’s a marathon – not a sprint. Entrepreneurs working on starting-up hear this mantra all the time. What does it really mean? The mantra speaks to the strategy most marathoners take on race day: start slow, come up to a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts
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