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Design Patents at the PTAB?

by Jones Day on

In the wake of the high-profile dispute in Apple v. Samsung, design patent procurement and enforcement activity has increased significantly. But practitioners may not appreciate that design patent validity can be attacked...more

Cannabis Industry FAQ

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Can marijuana businesses receive federal copyright protection? Yes. The requirements for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office are that the work is original, creative and fixed in some form of expression. These...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

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

Events Calendar

A brief calendar of upcoming events happening at the intersection of consumer products and intellectual property...more

Design Patent PTO Litigation Statistics (through February 1, 2017)

Although post-grant challenges of design patents have consistently made up a small percentage of the total number of patent challenges, these numbers have steadily increased to their highest level in 2017. The statistics...more

Recent Developments In Patent Law May 17, 2017

Update to TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, Case No. 16-341 (May 22, 2017) - In an 8-0 opinion written by Justice Thomas (Justice Gorsuch did not participate), the Supreme Court rules that a defendant...more

Why Design Patents Are Surviving Post-Grant Challenges

As of January 2017, the institution rate for Patent Trial and Appeal Board trials involving design patents was 37 percent. That is significantly lower than every other technology area and makes design patents the only...more

Apple v. Samsung: What Does it Really Mean for Consumer Product Companies?

In 2011, Apple sued Samsung in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.) alleging that several Samsung smartphones infringed utility and design patents owned...more

Reflections on USPTO Design Day 2017: What’s Next?

Each April, the design patent community gathers at the USPTO to discuss design prosecution and protection. This year, on April 25, another sell-out crowd of over 300 people attended the 11th Annual USPTO Design Day, which is...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling on Incontinence Products Spill Over into Fashion?

by Knobbe Martens on

On March 21, 2017 the Supreme Court issued a monumental holding removing the availability of laches as a defense in a claim for damages under patent infringement. The case changes decades of legal precedent, and adopts...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

Design Patent Survives AIA Review

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a rare inter partes review (IPR) decision involving a challenge to a design patent, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final decision finding that the petitioner had not shown that a sole claim of a design...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

PTAB Declines to Institute Post-Grant Review Because “New” Figures in Design Patent Were Sufficiently Supported in Parent...

Under the America Invents Act, post-grant reviews are only available for patents having at least one claim with an effective filing date of March 16, 2013 or later. If this condition is not satisfied, the Patent Trial and...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - March 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s IP litigation team has published its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter covers a wide range of current IP topics: updated predictions on patent policy under the Trump administration; recent happenings...more

Checking In On ITC Pilot Program For Redesigns

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Since February 2015, when the U.S. International Trade Commission announced its pilot program for expedited rulings on whether ITC exclusion and cease-and-desist orders cover redesigns or new products, the commission has...more

Sounds like a design opposition

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

There is no opposition procedure in the Australian design registration system, but the decision published in Alfred Kärcher GmbH v Jinping Zhu [2016] ADO 3 was the culmination of a process that sounded surprisingly like one....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

Remand to District Court to Attempt to Identify “Article of Manufacture” for Design Patent Damages

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the design patent battle between Apple and Samsung on remand from the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to apply the new standard or to order specific...more

2017 Brings Issuance of New Design Patents for the Fashion Industry

by Knobbe Martens on

It is well known among patent attorneys that design patents are an under-utilized form of protection in the fashion and beauty industry... ..Design patents should always be considered for timeless and iconic pieces or...more

The Apple May Not Fall Far from the Fashion Industry

by Knobbe Martens on

In 2011, Apple sued Samsung alleging among other things that various portions of Samsung smartphone products infringed claims of certain design patents owned by Apple (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.). In 2012,...more

Apple v. Samsung: The Parties Weigh in on Next Steps

On Tuesday, December 6, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its first opinion in a design patent case in more than 120 years. In the long-running smartphone saga between Apple and Samsung, the issue before the...more

Design Patents – The Often Forgotten, But Useful Protection for Accessories and a Designer’s Timeless and Staple Pieces

by Knobbe Martens on

What is a design patent? Although trademarks and copyrights most frequently come to mind when considering the types of intellectual property protection available for fashion items, design patents can also offer valuable...more

"2016-17 Supreme Court Update"

In a season of political surprises, the eight-member U.S. Supreme Court has stirred no controversy with its decisions so far this term. The handful of opinions the Court released in the fall were unanimous and, for the most...more

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