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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

No Jurisdiction in Aviation Dispute Based on Online Manuals and Services Program

by Lane Powell PC on

In the modern economy, courts must grapple increasingly with questions about whether an out-of-state company’s online presence and programs subject it to potential jurisdiction in states throughout the country. This risk is...more

D.C. Circuit Finds Dissemination, but Not Mere Existence, of Inaccurate Information in Government Database Satisfies Article III...

by Reed Smith on

“[I]f inaccurate information falls into a government database, does it make a sound?” Partly affirming summary judgment for the defendant in Owner-Operator Indep. Drivers Ass’n, v. DOT, No. 16-5355 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 12, 2018),...more

The Supreme Court - January 16, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear arguments in twelve cases: Animal Science Products v. Hebei Welcome, No. 16-1220: Whether a court may exercise independent review of an appearing...more

The Data Breach Legal Limbo On Consumers’ Ability To Sue Hacked Companies

by Ifrah PLLC on

The first of the year is a good time to makes assessments, resolutions and predictions. We have some recommendations for companies that store and process consumer data: It is a good time to assess the strength of your data...more

Social Links: Facebook ups its facial recognition game; retracing Twitter’s 2017 missteps; YouTube stars’ fan bases reach their...

In order to comply with a new German law requiring social media sites to take down hate speech, Twitter and Facebook removed anti-Islamic social media posts authored by a German far-right political party....more

Standing to Sue under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act after Spokeo

by K&L Gates LLP on

After paying for groceries with a credit card or debit card, the clerk hands the receipt to the customer. In addition to the last four digits of the card number, it contains the first digit. Or perhaps it contains the first...more

Actual Injury Required to Sue Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

In recent years, the use of biometrics in business has been growing. In the employment context, for example, some employers use biometric time clocks, which allow employees to “clock in” with a fingerprint or iris scan....more

State Of Louisiana, As Absent Class Member, Escapes CAFA Settlement Trap

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Pennsylvania district court decision holding the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution prevented a private party from enjoining the state of Louisiana from bringing...more

Trademark Law Update: Federal Circuit Strikes Down Lanham Act’s Ban on “Immoral” or “Scandalous” Marks

by K&L Gates LLP on

In June 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in Matal v. Tam struck down as unconstitutional a provision of section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which had permitted the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to refuse to register...more

Federal Circuit Finds Lanham Act Clause Banning Immoral and Scandalous Trademarks Unconstitutional

by BakerHostetler on

On December 15, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit struck down as unconstitutional the clause within 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a) (“Section 2(a)”) banning registration of a trademark that “[c]onsists of or comprises...more

First Amendment 2 – Lanham Act 0: Federal Circuit Holds Lanham Act Prohibition on Immoral and Scandalous Marks Is Unconstitutional...

by Fish & Richardson on

In the wake of the In re Tam decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, on December 15, 2017, the Federal Circuit held that the Lanham Act Section 2(a) prohibition on the registration of immoral and scandalous marks is a...more

December 2017: Energy Litigation Update

Recent Federal Decisions on the Constitutionality of State Power-Plant Subsidies. Given an absence of a federal scheme to subsidize power plants that may provide certain benefits (like low carbon emissions) that are not fully...more

The Federal Circuit Strikes Ban on Registering “Immoral” or “Scandalous” Trademarks

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) has struck down the Lanham Act’s ban on the registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks as an unconstitutional restriction of free speech under...more

MarkIt to Market® - December 2017

The December 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses how ultra violet is the new black, a trademark practice update, and lists the new gTLD Sunrise periods. Please see full Newsletter below for more...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

Inauspicious Debut for Depakote Plaintiffs’ First Amendment Argument

by Reed Smith on

We’ve been aware of the other side attempting to construct a First Amendment counter-argument to our preemption defense for some time. It first cropped up in a 2015 360 article by a P-side thought leader (no, not necessarily...more

Issue Ten: PTAB Trial Tracker

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Board Curtails Use of Sovereign Immunity Defense to Avoid IPR - In Ericsson, Inc. v. Regents of the University of Minnesota, an expanded panel denied Patent Owner Regents of the University of Minnesota’s motions to dismiss...more

A Handy Guide to Oil States, the Case that Has Captivated the Patent Community

What is at issue in Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC? The constitutionality of inter partes review proceedings. Originally published in Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property Magazine on November...more

Federal Circuit Decision Leaves Lanham Act’s Provision Barring Registration Of Immoral And Scandalous Marks “FUCT”

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

It is not often that a court of law can issue a landmark opinion laden with profanity and sexual innuendos. But last Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit seized the opportunity in a colorful...more

Social Links: Twitter’s tougher anti-hate-speech policy; tech-industry-friendlier version of bill to narrow the §230 safe harbor;...

In an effort to deter hate groups from tweeting sanitized versions of their messages, Twitter has began considering account holders’ off platform behavior when the platform evaluates whether potentially harmful tweets should...more

Opening Trademarks to New Possibilities -- Federal Circuit Affords Immoral or Scandalous Trademarks First Amendment Protection

by Locke Lord LLP on

After the Trademark Office refusing registration for immoral or scandalous marks over the past 100 years, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently held that the provision of Section 2(a) of the U.S....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

Federal Circuit Rules That Scandalous And Immoral Trademarks May Be Registered

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the registration of disparaging trademarks was unconstitutional. Matal v. Tam, 137 S.Ct. 1744 (2017). The Court in Tam ruled that trademarks...more

Stay Up to Date on the Supreme Court’s Oil States and SAS Institute Cases

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

The Supreme Court’s upcoming decisions in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC (No. 16-712) and SAS Institute Inc. v. Matal (No. 16-969) have the potential to dramatically change Patent Trial and...more

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