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Federal Circuit Invalidates Synopsys’ Chip Design Patents as Unpatentable Abstract Ideas

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Synopsys, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corp., Case No. 2015-1599 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 17, 2016), upholding the lower court’s grant of summary judgment of invalidity under § 101, may provide...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Design Patent Post-Grant: Is Anticipation Easier to Prove Than Obviousness? There’s much to anticipate from this article sharing some novel thoughts on...more

Design Patent Post-Grant: Is Anticipation Easier to Prove Than Obviousness?

Since the advent of AIA post grant practice four years ago, only 26 inter partes review petitions have been filed for design patents.1 The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued 23 institution decisions, instituted 10 of those...more

The New Supreme Court Term: Cases for the Automotive Industry to Watch

A new Supreme Court term is once again underway. This one looks to be unique in that it is likely to be an eight-Justice bench into 2017—with Republican leaders standing firm on their refusal to go forward with confirming any...more

Australian designs law - where is reform headed?

It was back in 2012 that Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was first tasked with conducting the Review of the Designs System. In 2013 ACIP published an issues paper and in 2014 an options paper....more

Applying Copyright Law to Useful Articles

United States copyright law protects original, creative expression fixed in a tangible medium, such as sculptures, paintings, and musical recordings. But, subject to limited exceptions, copyright protection often does not...more

No Time to Relax for Inflatable Lounger Companies

With their newly issued design patent in hand, Fatboy the Original B.V. and Fatboy USA have quickly acted to defend their place on the sand. ...more

Design Patents and Copyrights for Designs on Useful Articles

Two recent cases illustrate the potential benefits of protecting intellectual property rights with both design patents and copyrights, particularly for an article that has both utility and a design, including because a design...more

Introduction to IP: Some Basics of Patents, Trademarks, & Trade Secrets

What is “Intellectual Property” (IP)? •Exclusive Rights to Certain Intellectual Products (Ideas) –Necessary due to the “non-rivalrous” nature of ideas: •“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction...more

Lights Out for Invalidity and Unenforceability Counterclaims After PTAB Invalidates Design Patent

Flipping the switch on the last remaining claims in the case, a Massachusetts Court recently dismissed as moot two defendants’ counterclaims for declaratory judgment of invalidity and unenforceability following a PTAB...more

The Design Patent Case of the Century

On October 11, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Apple v. Samsung, the first case before the court in more than 125 years involving a claim for design patent infringement...more

Mark It to MarketTM - July 2016

The July 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's Mark It to MarketTM newsletter discusses an upcoming SCOTUS design patent case, In One Nation Enterprises and stylization of a descriptive term, and currently open gTLD Sunrise...more

The Effect of The Brexit (UK Departure from EU) on IP Rights

In a June 23, 2016 referendum, the combined electorates of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar voted in favor of the United Kingdom, and consequently Gibraltar, leaving the European Union (EU). According to Article 50 of...more

Five IP Lessons for Small to Medium–sized Businesses

Intellectual property plays an increasingly significant role in the successful management of American and international businesses alike.  I’ve set out below a few of the most important questions that you as a small to...more

If The UK Votes To Brexit (Depart From The EU), How Will Your IP Rights Be Affected?

On June 23, 2016 the United Kingdom (UK) and Gibraltar will vote in a referendum to remain in or leave the European Union (EU). If the UK votes to leave, according to Article 50 of the European Union Treaty, the...more

Protecting the Next Big App

Due to our ever-increasing dependence on mobile devices, we use mobile apps daily, whether to try and defeat Candy Crush® or to quickly order a pizza. Indeed, many of you may be reading this article via mobile app....more

Design Patents and Trade Dress

I often get asked by clients to discuss the differences between design patents and trade dress. Both are intellectual property protections that protect similar aspects of a product—the appearance and aesthetic features. Last...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2016

Supreme Court to Weigh In on Damages for Design Patent Infringement - Recent decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding damages available in design patent cases highlight the court’s...more

IP Infringement Claim Against Canadian Company Stays in U.S.

Where should a lawsuit be heard? Canada? The US? In other posts we discuss the idea of a “choice of law” and “forum selection” clauses in contracts. In those cases, the parties agree to a particular forum in...more

Reflecting on Design Patents

Often the appearance of an article is attributable to the nature of the surface as much as its shape. Reflective surfaces are often depicted in design patent drawings as parallel lines...more

Using Design Patents to Claim Functional Elements???

A recent opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Sport Dimension, Inc. v. The Coleman Co., No. 2015-1553, 7 (Fed. Cir. 2016), held that design patents can provide protection for ornamental...more

What Happens in the U.S. Stays in the U.S.: IP Dispute Against Canadian Company Will Not be Moved to Canadian Forum

Although motions to dismiss or transfer a case based on a forum non conveniens theory typically focus on the relative merits of two U.S. jurisdictions, this theory may also be applied when a party claims that a case brought...more

Federal Circuit Reverses Claim Construction of Design Patent That Ignored Functional Elements

Applicants for design patents should consider claiming functional aspects of their designs in addition to the purely ornamental elements as part of their claiming strategy to achieve the broadest protection for their designs....more

An Illuminating Discussion About Design Patents

Design patents protect the aesthetic appearance of a product or portion of the product. The aesthetic appearance is affected by a number of things, including whether the product is illuminated. However, how does one capture...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - April 2016

Mankes v. Vivid Seats Ltd. (No. 2015-1909, 4/22/16) (Taranto, Schall, Chen) - Taranto, J. Vacating judgment on the pleadings dismissing cases for inadequately pleading divided infringement and remanding for...more

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