Intellectual Property Protection

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Brexit update: impact on trademarks and designs

Although some time has passed since the UK's vote to leave the EU, the full implications of Brexit for trademarks and designs remain unclear. Statements made by EU and UK officials have not changed that position, nor did...more

Patents harder to obtain now, attorney say

Back in 1899, Charles H. Duell, thencommissioner of the U.S. patent office, purportedly said “everything that can be invented hhttp://cms.jdsupra.com/docuploader/document/related/58d2c8cd-0e40-4396-bbfc-05ecd6f4c0ad/#as been...more

Supreme Court Decision Alters Patent Defense Landscape

In a highly-anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court held that patent holders can recover damages for infringement even when the patent holders unreasonably delayed filing a lawsuit. In SCA Hygiene Products AB v. First Quality...more

Alert: Supreme Court Creates New Test That Could Grant Broader Copyright Protection to Clothing Designs

On Wednesday March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the decorative elements of a cheerleading uniform – zig-zags, stripes and chevrons – are protected under copyright law. In this 6-2 written...more

Global Dossier Expanded To More Patent Applications Around the World

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced this week that the Global Dossier program has expanded to include access to more patent applications worldwide. The public including applicants, patent holders,...more

Shzoom Requests the Federal Circuit Reissue Trading Technologies as Precedential Opinion

On January 18, 2017 the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Trading Technologies Int’l., Inc. v. CQG, Inc., its first decision finding a user interface to be patent eligible subject matter. The court designated the opinion...more

Texas Court Holds Mere Possession and Opportunity to Use Trade Secrets is Sufficient for Misappropriation

The San Antonio Court of Appeals recently held that an applicant for a temporary injunction in a trade-secret-misappropriation case under the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act is not required to show the defendant is actually...more

Federal Circuit Upholds $455 Million International Arbitration Award, But Finds That Federal Statutory Interest Rate, Rather Than...

The Federal Circuit has upheld a district court’s confirmation of a $455 million award by an international arbitration tribunal, but modified the judgment to clarify that, after the date of the district court’s judgment...more

Intellectual Property Ownership: when you don’t know what you DON’T have (Part I)

In our last communication entitled “Intellectual Property: when you don’t know what you have,” we explored how businesses often fail to recognize valuable IP rights they own, and therefore, fail to appropriately protect those...more

Alert: Trademark Owners Beware: The U.S. Trademark Office Has A New Audit Program

If your company has trademarks that are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), a new audit program can put your registrations at risk if you are not careful....more

Uber’s Section 101 Motion to Dismiss Defeated by “Inventive” Ordered Combination

Order Denying Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, X One, Inc. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., Case No. 16-CV-06050-LHK (Judge Lucy H. Koh) - Uber Technologies, the transportation network giant, recently lost a motion to dismiss a...more

Rules of the (International) Road

Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally, some issues you must consider as you contemplate international...more

DSM Watch: The new copyright directive – What will happen to the liability privilege of platforms?

Since the first proposals for amendments to the European Commission’s draft copyright directive were leaked earlier this month, we have seen quite some discussion on what the Digital Single Market will bring about. The leaked...more

"Swiss" certification mark opposition - Hong Kong court finds actual use likely to confuse

Hogan Lovells represented Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH (“Federation”) in a successful appeal against a decision of the Hong Kong Registrar of Trade Marks in an opposition involving the “Swiss” certification mark....more

Utility and Design Patents - Distinctions with a Difference

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

Step Aside! Trade Secret Preemption of Other Claims

Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion to Dismiss, Henry Schein, Inc. v. Cook, et al., 16-cv-03166-JST (Judge Jon Tigar) - One purpose of the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“CUTSA”) is to preempt and...more

Thinly Pled Allegations of Trade Secret Misappropriation under DTSA Are Vulnerable to Dismissal

A dismissal with prejudice is a plaintiff’s worst fear realized. When it comes to alleging a proper claim for trade secret misappropriation, the Western District of Kentucky recently reminded plaintiffs just how critical it...more

Google Takes the Driver’s Seat in its Suit against Uber

The accidental push of a “send” button has Google zealously fighting to protect its exclusive driverless car technology. On February 23, 2017, Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo LLC (“Waymo”), filed a lawsuit in the...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - February 2017

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for February 2017. Commercial Law...more

Australian and New Zealand Patent Systems among the strongest in the world

A newly developed index rates Australia’s and New Zealand’s patent systems among the strongest in the world. Companies need to be strategic about where to protect their inventions. These decisions are generally based on...more

AliceStorm Update February 2017

As many of my readers noticed, I didn't publish any of my own blogs in January and February. As it turned out, I suffered from a peculiar form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), what I would call SMIAD: Subject Matter...more

Inducement of Patent Infringement by Export – One is Never Enough

In its most recent foray into patents, the Supreme Court continued its recent line of decisions interpreting laws to limit the international reach of U.S. intellectual property protection. The holding can be summarized in...more

Intellectual property rights in a virtual world

This article will explore the key legal issues relating to intellectual property (IP) rights, traditionally only used in the real world, and their role in the virtual or augmented world. The basic legal position on including...more

DSM Watch: Leaked European Parliament comments may modify press rights under Copyright Directive

The European commission published its last draft directive on the modernizing of the European copyright law (COM(2016) 593 final) on 14 September 2016. The draft was part of a larger strategy to bring about a single digital...more

Franchising and virtual reality and augmented reality – what legal issues you need to be considering now

With predictions that Virtual Reality arcades may be a new trend, the time has come for franchisors to seriously consider the impact on franchising of the growth in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Although...more

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