The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank (Docket No. 13-1211), pertaining to the doctrine of trademark tacking. Tacking allows a company to create a revised,...more
The PTAB weighed in on whether a copyright notice can be sufficient to demonstrate the priority date of a printed publication in FLIR Systems, Inc. v. Leak Surveys, Inc., IPR2014-00411, -434, -608, and -609. In Flir,...more
Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code provides creditors with an administrative expense priority claim for value of goods that were received by the debtor in the ordinary course within the 20 days prior to the bankruptcy...more
In a decision instituting inter partes review, the PTAB rejected a patent owner’s argument that the priority date of the patent is not reviewable in an IPR because it’s an issue under 35 U.S.C. § 112. ...more
The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority date cut-offs that regulate when an individual can begin the final phase of the lawful permanent residence (“green card”) process, either...more
Bulletin shows significant retrogression in the EB-3 category for applicants chargeable to China, Mexico, and the Rest of the World as well as significant retrogression in the F2A category for applicants chargeable to all...more
The Department of State has released its May 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals are...more
In Munchkin, Inc. and Toys “R” US, Inc. v. Luv N’ Care, Ltd., IPR 2013-00072, Paper 28 (April 28, 2014), the Board invalidated U.S. Patent No. D617,465. The Petition argued that the patent was not entitled to its priority...more
Bulletin shows minor forward movement in the EB-2 China category and the EB-3 India category, with no movement in the EB-2 India category or the EB-3 China category.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its...more
Succeeding on a lone ground of unpatentability, Hewlett-Packard was able to get all 4 challenged claims of an MCM patent into a trial for inter partes review in a case styled as Hewlett-Packard Co. v. MCM Portfolio, LLC...more
Recent changes to Australian patent law provide that the due date for filing a Budapest Treaty deposit is on or before the date of filing of a priority application....more
EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with minor forward movement in the EB-3 category.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2013 Visa Bulletin. The Visa...more
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