Utility Patents

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Selling Products Outside the US? If Yes, New Patent Laws are Available to Streamline International Design Protection

In recognition of ever growing cross-border sales, the U.S. recently expanded its design protection laws to make it easier to file a single application in multiple jurisdictions. Read on if you deal with products that could...more

Using Utility Models to Protect your Intellectual Property in Taiwan

A new “green” attitude is pervading Taiwan. Besides ongoing environmental efforts, Taiwan is home to multiple green technology companies. While revenue results for some Taiwanese solar cell manufacturers declined this year,...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Decision Date: May 18, 2015 - Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - Patents: D593,087; D604,305; D618,677 - Holding: Judgment of trade dress dilution REVERSED; judgment of patent validity and...more

Trade Dress Updates: “Beauty” does not cut it

A recent decision of the US Federal Court (see: Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. May 18, 2015) reviewed the jury decision in Apple’s famous infringement lawsuit against Samsung. You may recall that Apple’s 2011...more

File inventor oaths/declarations early in US national stage applications

Since the implementation of the America Invents Act, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has allowed applicants in utility patent applications to postpone the filing of an inventor’s oath or declaration...more

What Are The Basics Of The Patent Process? P.1

In recent posts, we’ve been speaking about intellectual property rights, including trademark disputes. Here, we want to speak briefly about some of the basics of the patent application process and how an attorney can help...more

Apple-Samsung Trade Dress Case Demonstrates Potential Value of Design Patents

A jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages after finding that smartphones sold by Samsung diluted Apple's trade dress and infringed Apple's design and utility patents. After a partial retrial limited to determining...more

Actually Resisting the Temptation to Tout Function and Hopefully Own a Trademark

Continuing our ramp up toward the launch of our Strategies for Owning Your Product Designs webinar next week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Morton-Norwich factors — the common analysis for determining whether a product...more

The case law of the German courts of lower instance for patent law and utility model law since the year 2013

The article is divided into three main parts. The first part (I.) deals with the substantive law, the second part (II.) deals with procedural law and the third part (III.) deals primarily with the question of costs and cost...more

Patenting Your Basement Fusion Reactor: Utility Requirements Under U.S. Patent Law

Multiple projects are currently underway to demonstrate feasibility of fusion energy. The goal of the ITER multinational project in southern France (of which the United States is a participant) is to deliver ten times the...more

Design Patents Update

In This Presentation: - Part I: Design Patent Overview ...Apple v. Samsung ...What is a Design Patent? ...Differences Between Utility and Design Patents ...Ins and Outs of the Specification ...Benefits &...more

Seeds Worth More than Gold

Plant Breeders are Learning the Value of Protecting Their Inventions - Agricultural espionage: it’s not exactly the stuff of John le Carré novels. But recently a Chinese woman was charged in a plot to steal U.S. corn...more

Why is Intellectual Property Important?

In This Presentation: - Intellectual Property (IP): •Refers to a category of exclusive rights created by statute, including: –Copyrights –Trademarks –Trade Secrets –Utility Patents –Design...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Weber-Stephen Products LLC v. Sears Holding Corporation

Decision Date: October 20, 2014 - Court: Northern District of Illinois - Patents: D564,834 and D609,045 - Holding: Defendants’ proposed claim construction is REJECTED - Opinion: Plaintiff...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Medtronic, Inc. v. NuVasive, Inc.

Decision Date: March 21, 2014 - Court: Patent Trial and Appeal Board - Patents: D652,922 - Holding: Petition to Institute Inter Partes Review DENIED - Opinion: Medtronic, Inc. filed a petition...more

Steeda Autosports Seeks to Put the Brakes on Alleged Patent Infringement

Steeda Autosports, Inc. ("Steeda"), a Valdosta, Georgia-based company specializing in the design and manufacture of after-market parts for Ford vehicles, particularly Ford Mustangs, filed suit on August 22, 2014, in the...more

Utility Patent Trends Gleaned from the IPO’s 2014 IP Record

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) recently released its 2014 IP Record, an annual report detailing intellectual property trends in the United States and the top five patent offices from around the world. The...more

Nutritional supplement claims fail to meet utility requirement, according to Judge Engelmayer

U.S. Patent No. 6,645,948 (“Nutritional composition for the treatment of connective tissue”) claims a “nutritional composition for the treatment of connective tissue in mammals comprising: a therapeutically effective amount...more

IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2013 - IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2013

Last month, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) announced the release of its 31st annual list of the top 300 organizations receiving U.S. patents. Patent Docs Readers may recall that the U.S. Patent and...more

Patent Perspectives

A patent is a legal right to keep others from making, using or selling an invention. A patent does not of itself give the owner the right to use the patented invention. For example it is quite possible for someone to patent...more

Trade Dress and the Functionality Doctrine: At the Intersection of Trademark and Patent Law

Earlier this week, the Fourth Circuit reversed the dismissal of a Lanham Act claim for trade dress infringement involving a pixel pattern embossed on an absorbent textile-like product used in medical supplies, hygiene...more

Controlling Patenting Costs

Now more than ever one needs to ensure value for money in creating and maintaining a patent portfolio. Not only are budgets decreasing or stagnant, but the number of countries that need to be considered is increasing. ...more

Guest Post: The U.S. Government Continues to Have "Serious Concerns" with Canada's Heightened Patent Utility Requirements

While the United States and Canada share a border, common values and a strong commitment to international trade and security issues, many are surprised to learn that protection of intellectual property (IP) is a source of...more

Board Invalidates Design Patent

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

The case law of the German Courts of Instance (Instanzgerichte) for patent law and utility patent law since the year 2011

This article was published in a slightly adapted version, tailored to the needs of the German market, in the leading German legal magazine for intellectual property law, GRUR-RR, in October 2013. The report deals with the...more

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