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Washington Redskins’ Us Trademark Registrations Reinstated By The Fourth Circuit

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On January 18, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reinstated the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations originally cancelled by the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board (“TTAB”) in 2014 in...more

Abbvie Inc. v. Medimmune Limited

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Prost, Dyk and Chen. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Summary: A party may not seek a declaratory judgment to obtain piecemeal...more

Federal Circuit Bleeps Lanham Act Ban on Immoral or Scandalous Marks

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Following the Supreme Court of the United States’ 2017 decision in Matal v. Tam (i.e., the Slants case) finding the proscription on the registration of disparaging trademarks under § 2(a) of the Lanham Act to be an...more

State Waived Sovereign Immunity by Asserting Challenged Patents in District Court

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a rare order by an expanded panel that included the chief, deputy chief and vice chief judges, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied the patent owner’s motions to dismiss based on sovereign immunity under the...more

After the Supreme Court Touchdown, Washington Redskins Are Finally Winning at the Fourth Circuit and the PTO

Two incredible things happened in 1992 for the NFL football team Washington Redskins. It won the Super Bowl and applied to register a trademark Washington Redskins. It has not been so lucky ever since. It has not won another...more

At The Bench: Patent Law 2017 Takeaways

Viability of Diagnostic Method Claims - Problem: It has become increasingly difficult to fend off validity challenges when asserting diagnostic method claims. Claims directed to methods of determining risk or disease...more

Federal Judge Refuses To Close Courtroom During Trade Secret Trial Between Silicon Valley Titans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a closely watched trial in which Waymo LLC—a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet—has sued Uber for theft of trade secrets, a California federal judge has denied Waymo's motion to close the courtroom to the...more

Notice - It's What's Required

The U.S. Constitution guarantees due process before a person can be deprived of life, liberty, or property. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) enforces the due process protection in the USPTO and Board proceedings. Under...more

PTAB Strategies and Insights - January 2018

The PTAB Strategies and Insights Newsletter is designed to be a valuable resource for all stakeholders in the global patent arena throughout the patent life cycle. To that end, articles will provide perspectives from both...more

PTAB Finds that Suing in Federal Court Waives Sovereign Immunity

by Knobbe Martens on

On December 19, 2017, a seven-judge expanded PTAB panel ruled that the University of Minnesota (UM) waived its Eleventh Amendment immunity defense when it filed a patent infringement action in federal district court. ...more

Advanced Video Technologies LLC v. HTC Corporation Et Al.

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Newman, O’Malley, and Reyna. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Summary: A co-inventor did not transfer ownership interests in a...more

PTAB Deals A Crippling Blow To Sovereign Immunity

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge David Ruschke recently dealt sovereign immunity a crippling blow. Although Judge Ruschke confirmed that Eleventh Amendment immunity does apply to sovereign actors, he held that when a...more

The Board Says that IPRs are Adjudicatory Proceedings — What will the Supreme Court Say?

In Ericsson Inc. v. Regents of the University of Minnesota, [IPR2017-01186, IPR2017-01197, IPR2017-01200, IPR2017-01213, IPR2017-01214, IPR2017-01219] (December 19, 2017), Chief Administrative Patent Judge Ruschke, writing...more

Presumption in Favor of Unmasking Copyright Infringers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recognized “a presumption in favor of unmasking anonymous defendants when judgment has been entered for a plaintiff.” Signature Management Team v. Doe, Case No. 16-2188 (6th Cir.,...more

Empire Strikes Back: First Amendment Protects TV Series Title

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of trademark infringement specific to the title of an expressive work, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s conclusion that Twentieth Century Fox’s use of the name...more

Tam Extended: Prohibition of “Immoral and Scandalous” Trademarks Unconstitutional

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently extended First Amendment protections for trademark applications in In re Brunetti, No. 15-1109 (Fed. Cir. December 15, 2017), ruling that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s...more

Expanded PTAB Panel Finds Sovereign Immunity Waived By Patent Enforcement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a case of first impression, an expanded PTAB panel (including Chief APJ Ruschke) found that a parallel enforcement action by a patent owner waives its sovereign immunity defense against under the 11th Amendment an AIA...more

Supreme Court Corner Q4 2017

by DLA Piper on

OIL STATES ENERGY SERVICES, LLC V. GREENE'S ENERGY GROUP, LLC PATENT – Argument: November 27, 2017 Issue: Whether inter partes review before the PTAB violates the Constitution by extinguishing private property rights...more

PTAB Finds Sovereign Immunity in IPR Waived by Filing Infringement Action in Federal Court

by Goodwin on

Yesterday, in Ericsson Inc. v. Regents of the University of Minnesota, an expanded 7-judge PTAB panel ruled that a patent owner waives a claim to sovereign immunity in an IPR “by filing an action in federal court alleging...more

Immoral and Scandalous Matter are as Registrable as Disparaging Matter; The Principal Register is FUCT

In In re Brunetti, [2015-1109] (December 15, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which affirmed the examining attorney’s refusal to register the mark FUCT because it comprises immoral or...more

In Re: Erik Brunetti

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Dyk, Moore, and Stoll. Appeal from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: The bar in § 2(a) of the Lanham Act against registering immoral or scandalous trademarks is an...more

Supreme Court Considers Constitutional Challenge to Inter Partes Review

by Morgan Lewis on

The Court recently heard arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC on whether inter partes review—an adversarial process used by the US Patent and Trademark Office to determine the...more

Federal Circuit Makes Way For FUCT, Striking Down The Statutory Bar On Immoral Or Scandalous Trademark Registrations As...

On December 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit struck down the Lanham Act's ban on registering immoral or scandalous trademarks as unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds in In re Brunetti, --- F.3d...more

Suppes v. Katti (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Earlier this fall, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Western District of Missouri dismissing a complaint filed by Galen J. Suppes for lack of jurisdiction. In dismissing Mr. Suppes'...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Oil States Regarding Constitutional Challenge to Inter Partes Review

We first covered the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC, 137 S. Ct. 2239 (2017), a case with the potential to substantially alter the patent litigation landscape,...more

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