Ladas & Parry LLP

United States

Contact: Matthew Asbell

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Patent-Eligible Subject Matter in the United States

The United States Patent statute provides that utility patents may be granted for the invention of any new and useful process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter or any new useful improvement thereof…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Patents are of National Origin

Patents are Obtained Country by Country - All intellectual property professionals are aware that patents are issued, as a general rule, country by country. However, some inventors are under the misimpression that once…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

EU Unitary Patent and Patent Court

The original proposals in the 1970's for the European Patent Convention (EPC) were intended to proceed in parallel with those for a Community Patent Convention. In the end, these were never implemented as a result of…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Patent Perspectives

A patent is a legal right to keep others from making, using or selling an invention. A patent does not of itself give the owner the right to use the patented invention. For example it is quite possible for someone to patent an…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Abstract idea not converted to patentable invention by performance on a computer; Must be applied in an inventive manner

In a unanimous decision on June 19, 2014 authored by Justice Thomas, the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Intl. held that an abstract idea did not become patent-eligible simply by performing that idea on a computer. In…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Reversion to Prior Practice on Filing Divisional Applications in the European Patent Office

In April 2010, the rules for filing divisional applications in the European Patent Office (EPO) were amended to require that in general any divisional application had to be filed within 24 months of the first official action on…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Protecting Inventions Internationally – PCT Example

The United Kingdom, Japan and Norway, are all members of both the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the Paris Convention. The British Patent Office acts as the Receiving Office for the United Kingdom, the Japanese Patent Office acts…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

TTAB upholds mere descriptiveness refusal to register Swatch’s TOURBILLON mark

In In re The Swatch Group Management Services AG (Serial No 85485359, April 18 2014), in a precedential opinion, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has affirmed, on the ground of mere descriptiveness, a refusal to…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit Regarding the Standard for Inducement of Infringement

In its decision of June 2, 2014, in Limelight Networks Inc. v. Akamai Technologies Inc., the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed an en banc decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which had held…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Controlling Patenting Costs

Now more than ever one needs to ensure value for money in creating and maintaining a patent portfolio. Not only are budgets decreasing or stagnant, but the number of countries that need to be considered is increasing. …more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

An Overview of the BlackBerry v. Typo Products Case

Many consumers today, plagued by embarrassing typographical errors when using their touch-screen smartphones, own a second smartphone with a keyboard, such as a BlackBerry phone, for their professional correspondence. To remedy…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

United States Trade Secrets Law

The America Invents Act (AIA) changes the traditional calculus in determining whether to seek patenting an invention or to maintain it as a trade secret. This shift in intellectual property protection is the result of two major…more
| Civil Remedies, Business Torts, Intellectual Property

The European Design Regime

1. Introduction - In 1993, the Commission of the European Union issued proposals for a directive for harmonization of design laws within the member countries of the EU and for the creation of an EU-wide design regime that…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

A Primer on the European Community Trademark

Trademarks used to be protected in Europe, for the most part, by registering them before the trademark office of each nation of interest. However, trademark registrations obtained under the national laws have sometimes been used…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

A Brief History of the Patent Law of the United States

Public perception of the patent system has swung widely over the years from highs, such as those in the late nineteenth century when Mark Twain could write “a country without a patent office and good patent laws was just a crab…more
| Intellectual Property
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Areas of Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Illinois
  • New York
Other Countries
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys

25-50 Attorneys

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