United States Patent and Trademark Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves a fundamental role in the U.S. intellectual property system by issuing patents and registering trademarks.... more +
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Reading The Cuozzo Tea Leaves: Best Practices Pending The Supreme Court's Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument today on claim construction in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings and the reviewability of institution decisions. On the claim construction issue, the Justices...more

Broadest Reasonable Interpretation and Claim Amendments in Post-Grant Patent Challenges

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has used a “broadest reasonable interpretation” (BRI) standard for claim interpretation when examining pending patent applications. Under the BRI standard, a claim term is...more

Will The Celsis Appeal Put An End To 101 Rejections Of Laboratory Method Claims?

On April 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in Rapid Litigation Mgmt. Ltd. v. CellzDirect Inc., where the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held invalid claims directed to a “method of...more

The Fantastical World of Justice Stephen Breyer

In a recent book entitled Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, author Adam Cohen examines the case of Buck v. Bell, where Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that "[t]hree...more

If You Amend Claims In A Post Grant Proceeding, Don’t Forget To Supplement Infringement Contentions In Parallel Litigation

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Target Training International v. Extended Disc North America tells the cautionary tale of what can happen to a plaintiff who successfully navigates a post grant challenge by amending...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In First Appeal From AIA Post-Grant Proceeding: Justices Focus on Practical Consequences of...

On April 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in its first appeal from a decision by the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”) in an inter partes review proceeding (“IPR”) under the...more

New Analyses of AIA Trial Data by Technology

The United States Patent & Trademark Office published new analyses along with its most recent update of AIA Trial Statistics. The update includes data through end of March 2016 and shows “Percent of Petitions Instituted by...more

Washington Redskins’ Hail Mary Pass: Petition SCOTUS to Sack USPTO

INITIAL CALL ON THE FIELD - In June 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) stripped the Washington Redskins (Washington) of their federal trademarks, finding the term “Redskins” was disparaging under Section...more

Washington Football Franchise Calls an Audible, Tries to Score at the Supreme Court

Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) in Lee v. Simon Shiao Tam, asked the United States Supreme Court to reverse the decision of the United States Federal Circuit, which held that trademark law’s...more

Panera and Great Harvest Argue over Tagline

Panera Bread and the Great Harvest Bread Co. will not be breaking bread together anytime soon. To the contrary, Great Harvest recently filed a trademark lawsuit against Panera over Panera’s “food as it should be” campaign,...more

The Slants and the Future of Disparaging Trademarks

Trademark and copyright law are in a constant struggle with the right of free expression guaranteed under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. This is unavoidable. Copyright laws were enacted to protect authors of...more

Pro Football Calls SCOTUS Audible

As we noted here last week, the Director of the USPTO filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that it review the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision, In re Tam. That decision held Section...more

Failure to Update Infringement Contentions with New Reexamination Claims Fatal for Patentee

On April 22, 2016, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, consisting of Judges Prost, Dyk and O’Malley, affirmed a district court’s decision to dismiss as moot a patent case...more

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Cuozzo Case

We should soon find out whether the Federal Circuit will again face reversal at the hands of the Supreme Court in a patent case. On April 25, 2016, the Court heard oral arguments in the case of In re Cuozzo, the first IPR...more

ELLE Fails to Un-ring Bell, DJ Action Sticks

Question for the day, how common is the given name Elle? I’m really not sure, I don’t believe I’ve ever personally known anyone with that name, and Mongabay doesn’t even include Elle in its listing of girl’s first names, but...more

Patent Office Issues Final Rule Amending the Rules of Practice for Trials at the PTAB

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Office) has issued a final rule that addresses aspects of trial practice for America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), takes effect May...more

In re Tam Redux: The PTO seeks Certiorari

On April 20, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Federal Circuit seeking Supreme Court review of that Court’s decision in In re Tam, 117 USPQ2d 1001...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - April 2016

The 2015 Changes to the Federal Rules Matter for Your Patent Case and Tech Business: Getting in the Courthouse Door Just Got Tougher - It used to be that a complaint for patent infringement would survive a motion to...more

"After Period of High Invalidation Rates, New US Patent Challenge Procedures May Slow Down to Moderate Pace"

When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) began hearing post-issuance patent challenge proceedings under the America Invents Act in September 2012, the PTAB became one of the...more

Can the USPTO Still Reject “Disparaging” Trademarks? Stay Tuned

Nobody knows, and that’s why the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just filed a petition asking Supreme Court to settle its turf battle with the Federal Circuit Court....more

USPTO to SCOTUS: SOS on the Lanham Act ASAP

On April 20, 2016, the USPTO made it official: It formally requested the U.S. Supreme Court to review the en banc Federal Circuit decision that held Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act violated the First Amendment. At issue...more

Blog: Who Owns What: Patent Assignment and Ownership

A patent is a government-granted property right that can be used to exclude others from making, using or selling an invention for a specified time (how long depends on the type of patent). Patents can provide important...more

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. v. Smartflash LLC (PTAB 2016)

PTAB Not Bound by Prior District Court Ruling on § 101 - On March 30, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a Final Written Decision in a case captioned Samsung...more

What’s That Sound? It Might Just Be a Trademark.

Trademarks are not only words or logos, but can come in many other forms, including sounds. In the words of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in the case In re Gen. Electric Broad. Co., 199 USPQ 560, 563 (TTAB 1978),...more

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