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CAFC Finds Software Patent Eligible Under 35 U.S.C. §101

The Federal Circuit in Enfish LLC v. Microsoft reverses the California District Court decision that several patents related to a “self-referential” database were invalid as ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §101. Overview -…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 - Client Advisory

This week, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law. Widely described as the most significant expansion of federal intellectual property law in years, the DTSA creates a new federal cause of…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

USPTO Issues Subject Matter Eligibility Update

On May 5, 2016, the USPTO published a Memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps titled “Formulating a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection and Evaluating the Applicant’s Response to a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection.” The…more
| Civil Procedure, Health, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please see our…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

CD to LD to DVD -- How to Keep Up with your IDs

When deciding how to describe goods and services in a trademark application, applicants often err on one side of two extremes: 1. they either describe their goods/services very specifically, which may help circumvent…more
| Intellectual Property

MarkIt to MarketTM - April 2016

The April 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses (1) the evolving nature of the USPTO's U.S. Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and how to use this document to craft better…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods..…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Use It or Lose It: IKEA's Trademark Battle in Indonesia

When IKEA opened its first store in Indonesia in late 2014, it wasn't the only IKEA in town. Indonesian furniture company PT Ratania Khatulistiwa registered its IKEA mark (presumably an acronym for Intan Khatulistiwa Esa Abadi)…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

What You Need to Know About Changes to the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice

On March 29, 2016, the Federal Circuit announced significant amendments to the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice. The revised rules will apply to all appeals docketed on or after April 1, 2016. This alert provides a general…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

MarkIt to MarketTM - March 2016

The March issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses use requirements of which trademark owners should be aware before undertaking a foreign filing program, and currently open gTLD sunrise…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us or…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Reddit Community to Fine Brothers: REACT Registration Not so Fine

Benny and Rafi Fine, also known as the Fine Brothers, are well-known YouTube® content producers – they publish videos that show groups of people watching and reacting to things. Some recent examples include Elders React to the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Zombie Trademarks - When is a "Dead" Mark Really Alive, and Able to Bite?

Earlier this month, Macy's won a ruling against a company that revives out-of-use, but well-known brands. Strategic Marks LLC is in the business of reviving abandoned brands, sometimes referred to as "zombie" brands, using them…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

MarkIt to MarketTM - February 2016

The February issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses the trademark implications of so-called "zombie" brands, examines Reddit reactions to the Fine Brothers' attempts to register and monetize the mark…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us or…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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