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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

Administrative Proceedings in Peril? Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Lucia v. SEC

• On January 12, 2018, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lucia v. SEC, to resolve a circuit split over whether the SEC’s administrative law judges serve in violation of the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. •...more

Supreme Court to Review SEC ALJs

by Burr & Forman on

On January 12, the US Supreme Court agreed to review the constitutionality of the SEC’s administrative law judges. On November 29, 2017, the SEC did an abrupt about-face, telling the Court it now regards its ALJs as...more

Supreme Court to Decide Who Can Appoint ALJs

The Supreme Court of the United States, on Friday, January 12, 2018, agreed to decide whether the former practice of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of having its chief judge appoint administrative law judges...more

The Supreme Court Agrees To Review Appointment Requirements For SEC's In-House Judges

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, agreeing to resolve a circuit split regarding the appointment process for Securities and Exchange...more

Portland's Fossil Fuel Terminal Ban Upheld by Court of Appeals

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On January 4, 2018, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued its decision[1] in the case brought by Petitioners Columbia Riverkeeper, Portland Audubon Society, and Center for Sustainable Economy, among others, to attempt to uphold...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

PTAB Recognizes Limits to Eleventh Amendment Sovereign Immunity

by Jones Day on

In a pair of near identical decisions issued on December 19, 2017, an expanded PTAB panel found that the Regents of the University of Minnesota had waived its defense of sovereign immunity by filing actions against the...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

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

Scandalous and Immoral Trademarks Awarded First Amendment Protection

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 15, the Federal Circuit held that the prohibition on the registration of scandalous and immoral trademarks is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment. In re Brunetti, No. 2015-1109, 2017 WL...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

Assertion of Patents Results in Loss of Sovereign Immunity for Public Universities

On December 19, 2017, an expanded panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled that the state of Minnesota waived its Eleventh Amendment immunity to challenges to patent validity by inter partes review (IPR) by...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

PTAB offers clarification on inter partes review and sovereign immunity

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The topic of sovereign immunity has been raised a number of times in recent months in inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings. In these proceedings, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) has addressed whether state...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

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

Hogan Lovells: ITC Section 337 Quarterly Highlights

by Hogan Lovells on

Will the 100 Day single issue program live up to its promise? When the ITC first ordered a Judge to take evidence on a single issue to determine if the issue was case dispositive, the year was 2013. After the order, the...more

Refusal To Register Scandalous And Immoral Trademarks Ruled As Unconsitutional By Federal Circuit

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in In re Tam that a refusal to register disparaging trademarks is an unconstitutional violation of freedom of speech reported on June 19, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...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

Oral Arguments Summary: Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC

by Fish & Richardson on

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on November 27, 2017, in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, where the petitioner challenged the constitutionality of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings....more

DOJ sides with Lucia against the SEC in dispute over whether ALJs are inferior officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Supreme Court is considering a cert petition requesting that it hear the Lucia case, which we have blogged about extensively due to its potential impact on the outcome of the PHH case. Significantly, the DOJ recently...more

In Reversal, SEC Agrees That Its Administrative Law Judges Are Inferior Officers That Require Commission Appointment, But Still...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Solicitor General submitted a brief to the United States Supreme Court in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, urging the Court to grant certiorari and resolve a circuit...more

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