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Patent Myths Corrected – Part One

by Weintraub Tobin on

Patent law is a complicated area of law governed by a confusing set of statutes and regulations that are interpreted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the federal courts. Patents themselves are...more

Five Fun (!) Facts About US Design Patent Examination That You Probably Didn’t Know

Design patent examination has been subject to many recent changes at the USPTO, including changes in the application backlog and foreign filing.  While design patents made up just under 8.0% of the patents issued in 2015, the...more

Give a Man Cupcake Sushi, and He’ll Have Dessert for a Day; Teach a Man to Make Cupcake Sushi, and He’ll Rip You Off

Lori Shubert and her company, Cupcake Sushi, LLC, filed an interesting lawsuit against Santiago and his associates, doing business as Sushi Sweets, for patent infringement, trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade...more

Protecting Intellectual Property Rights

by Downey Brand LLP on

Upon hearing the term intellectual property rights, the first image that most people conjure are the tens or hundreds of patents that cover the various features of a smartphone – from the display, to the software, to the...more

Patents 101: The Different Types of Patents

by Revision Legal on

Any business entity or inventor that is considering securing patent rights for a novel and non-obvious invention needs to know a little bit about the different types of patents that are available from the United States Patent...more

The Goods on IP - April 2017

Intellectual property plays an important role in maintaining a competitive edge in rapidly evolving consumer product and consumer packaged goods markets. Consumers expect ongoing product improvements, and savvy companies...more

To Seek Design Protection or Not, That is the Question!

While design patents are gaining wider attention—thanks in part to the highly-publicized litigation involving Samsung and Apple—they still remain an underutilized form of intellectual property (IP) protection.  This blog...more

Utility and Design Patents - Distinctions with a Difference

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Patent protection provides inventors with exclusive rights to their inventions for a period of time, if they disclose their invention to the public with sufficient detail, and if the invention is new and not obvious. The two...more

Understanding the similarities and differences between priority claims in Canada and the U.S.

by Smart & Biggar on

A valid priority claim can allow a patent application to benefit from the filing date of an earlier patent application so as to exclude certain prior art from consideration. The recent decision of the U.S. Federal Circuit in...more

Before You Unveil That New Product at the Big Trade Show

The biggest trade show of the year is just around the corner, and you can hardly wait to unveil your company's newest, most exciting, most innovative product yet. Your engineers and designers have worked all year to perfect...more

Can Skechers Get a Second Bite at the IPR Apple?

by Knobbe Martens on

On January 5, 2017, Skechers U.S.A., Inc. filed a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to institute an Inter Partes Review (IPR2017-00607) (“current IPR petition”) of two design patents owned by Nike, Inc.:...more

Design Patents – The Forgotten Protection

The use of design patents to protect a new product is frequently overlooked. The public only becomes aware of design patents whenever the rare blockbuster jury verdict arises such as Apple’s verdict over Samsung over iPhone...more

Design Patents and Copyrights for Designs on Useful Articles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Knobbe Martens on

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

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

Protecting the Next Big App

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

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

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2016

by Fenwick & West LLP on

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

Using Design Patents to Claim Functional Elements???

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

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

by Morgan Lewis on

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

Functional Features in Design Patents

by Winstead PC on

The treatment of functional features in design patents was discussed in the recent Federal Circuit case for Sport Dimension, Inc. v. The Coleman Company, Inc., Case No. 15-1553 (Fed. Cir. 2016). The Court rejected the...more

The History, Purpose and Benefits of Patents

by Snell & Wilmer on

Britain has the longest known continuous patent system. British patents can be traced to the 15th Century, when the British Crown began granting exclusive rights, called “Letters Patent,” to certain manufacturers and traders....more

The Smart Phone Patent Saga Continues - Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al.

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a case involving suits, countersuits and multiple appeals by the two giants of the mobile phone space, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a jury’s finding of infringement, voiding the accompanying...more

The Value of Integrated IP Protections and Enforcement Strategies to Stem the Importation of Counterfeit Goods: Part 2 of 2

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Part 1 of this blog discussed the advantages of a proactive and integrated IP protection strategy. Here, in Part 2, we address the benefits and weaknesses of the various IP protections and provide one example of a cohesive...more

Know your patent documents

Most are familiar with a U.S. utility patent, have a seven digit number followed by a “B”...more

The “Smart Phone” Wars – Episode VII: Will the Force of the Supreme Court Awaken?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Design patents protect the ornamental features of utilitarian objects, that is, the uniqueness of aesthetic features, form, or configuration of products. Design patents can be a significant weapon in the intellectual...more

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