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Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: 21st Century Cures Legislation Passes House in Bipartisan Vote... CMS Releases Proposed CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Pay Rule... CMS Releases Final CY 2016 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)...more

Two Generics Can Make a Mark - Princeton Vanguard, LLC v. Frito-Lay North America, Inc.

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded for further proceedings the decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB or Board) cancelling the registration of the mark PRETZEL CRISPS,...more

Summary of Recent Precedential Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions

In the past two months, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has issued three opinions citable as Board precedent. The following is a brief summary of each opinion and its precedential impact....more

Trademark Review | May 2015

Attorneys’ Fees Might be More Readily Granted in Trademark Cases - Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court relaxed the standard for awarding attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party in patent infringement cases. Octane...more

Pretzel Logic: Federal Circuit holds that TTAB Failed to Consider Mark as a Whole

An application to register PRETZEL CRISPS as a mark will live another day, thanks to a Federal Circuit opinion reversing a TTAB decision that had canceled the mark on grounds of genericness....more

Descriptive or Suggestive Marks: An Issue for "Experts"?

On February 28, 2015, the Southern District of New York denied a motion to exclude the testimony and survey of an expert witness regarding whether a trademark was descriptive or suggestive. In Rise-N-Shine, LLC v. Robin...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 06

In this issue: - “Google It”: The Search Engine’s Trademark May Be a Verb, But It’s Not Generic - You Say “Tom‘ah’to,” I Say “Tom‘ay’to”: Determining the Correct Pronunciation of Uniquely Coined...more

FTC v. Cephalon, Inc.

Nature of the Case and Issue(s) Presented: The issue in this case is not whether the validity of the ’516 patent should be litigated in the antitrust trial, but rather, how the court’s previous finding of invalidity and...more

That Yo-Yo is actually a Yo-Yo™ — Generic Trademarks

There is a recent magazine ad by Xerox Corporation showing consumer goods by picture only, and the products were instantly identifiable by their popular names: a thermos, an escalator, a trampoline, and a yo-yo. Xerox...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Abstract Idea Implemented on Generic Computer is Not Patent Eligible

Patent claims that merely require generic computer implementation do not transform a patent-ineligible abstract idea into a patent-eligible invention, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Alice Corp v. CLS Bank, decided on...more

Braintree Laboratories, Inc. v. Novel Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014) - Whither the Meaning of "a" as a Claim Term

Every once in a while a Federal Circuit panel construes a common claim term contrary to how it has been construed in prior precedent, usually based on the particular situation or circumstance the Court is addressing and...more

Jumping Into The Actavis Briar Patch — Insight Into How Courts May Structure Reverse Payment Antitrust Proceedings And The...

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION - WHAT ARE REVERSE PAYMENT SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS? ..The Basic Framework of Hatch-Waxman Litigation ..The Federal Trade Commission’s View of Reverse Payment Settlements and Its...more

A Combination of References Need Only Provide a “Reasonable Expectation of Success”

Hoffmann La-Roche Inc. v. Apotex Inc. - Addressing the validity of a dosing regimen patent in Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower...more

Court Report - May 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. et al. 1:14-cv-03306; filed May 23, 2014 in the District Court of New...more

Skee The People: Bar games, brewskies, and trademark disputes

In addition of course to good beer and good friends, a good bar for me is defined by a good game: photo hunt (the NSFW version) and foosball at Murphy’s, bar olympics at Steny’s (where I dominated at the tricycle races),...more

Trademark Review - The Miners, Boi Na Braza and Pretzel Crisps (April 2014)

Battle of the Miners - The University of Texas at El Paso (“UTEP”) has used the nickname MINERS since at least 1914. UTEP, through its governing board, owns several registrations for the mark MINERS and a logo for...more

Pretzel Crisps Genericness Decision Appealed

A couple of months ago you will recall that the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) held ”Pretzel Crisps” generic for pretzel crackers... ...It appears the TTAB’s decision will not be the final word on the...more

Ola Crapola!

Crapola sounds like something worth saying on the way to Chicago, after discovering the size of your PowerPoint file is too large to get through the recipient’s firewall, and then realizing the USB flash drive containing your...more

AstraZeneca AB v. Hanmi USA, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

A classic example of product "evergreening" is how AstraZeneca used its experience with its omeprazole franchise (sold for over a decade as Prilosec®) to promote an alternative form of the drug, Nexium® (particularly, the...more

Give It Back! Disgorgement – Another FTC Arrow against Reverse-Payment Settlements that Delay Generic Entry

If the uncertainty that the Supreme Court’s Actavis decision injected into the world of reverse-payment settlement litigation wasn’t enough to get your attention, then the FTC’s recent effort to obtain disgorgement from...more

Goodbye to Generic Preemption? FDA Publishes Proposed Rule

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a long-awaited proposed rule in the Federal Register in an effort to “create parity” between brand-name and generic manufacturers for their labeling obligations. 78...more

Trademark Review - Stacked Wine, SUPERJAWS and Subway (October 2013)

The Downfall of a “Stacked” Wine - Stacked Wines, LLC makes individually-packaged glasses of wine that vertically stack to form one full bottle of wine. Stacked Wines sought to register the mark STACKED in the...more

Not All Trademarks Are Created Equal

When it comes time to choose a name for the new product or service you are launching, it is important to know that not all trademarks are created equal. In addition to the marketing considerations of choosing a brand name,...more

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

We continue to anxiously await the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision in Frito-Lay North America, Inc. v. Princeton Vanguard, LLC, especially given the Board’s recent genericness ruling in Sheetz of Delaware, Inc. v....more

Millions of False TM Notices to Remove?

A hot dog is a type of sandwich, and “footlong” denotes a type, category, or class of sandwiches (those measuring about a foot in length), making ”footlong” a generic term and part of the public domain – incapable of serving...more

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