Mintz Levin - Copyright & Trademark Matters

Can an Emoticon be Protected as a Trademark?

Gap Inc. and Diane Von Furstenberg’s company DVF Studio have asked the federal court in the Southern District of New York to rule on whether the heart emoticon <3 can be protected as a trademark. Their declaratory judgment…more

| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

EPO Changes Rules for Filing Divisional Applications

The EPO’s Administrative Council has decided to reverse the changes made in 2010 to the rules for filing divisional applications. These changes introduced a 24-month time limit within which divisional applications had to be…more

| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Software and Business Methods — Patentable Subject-Matter in Europe?

The CLS Bank case (CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd., 2011-1301) decision issued by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit highlighted the difficulty that those working in the field of software patents in the US are…more

| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade,...

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