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Patent Strategies for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are rapidly emerging as disruptive technologies. As has happened with many new technologies, particularly disruptive ones, a patent arms race is occurring. The number of patents...more

Lessons in Trademarking Trade Dress: Apple vs. Samsung

by Revision Legal on

The long-running legal battle between Samsung and Apple over the shape of their respective smart phones provides some interesting lessons regarding trade dress law and how common law trade dress rights work...more

All That Glitters is Not One to Mold

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

To me, one of the most exciting aspects of intellectual property law is when patent law and trademark law intersect in product or packaging design. Last week, I had the honor of speaking to a graduate product design class at...more

Addressing intellectual property requires careful estate planning

Intellectual property (IP), such as copyrights and patents, can hold enormous value. Whether IP rights are a significant source of wealth or only a small fraction of an estate, it’s critical that it be properly addressed in...more

Updated USPTO Patent Fee Schedule Includes Significant Increases and Additions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week established an updated patent fee schedule, effective January 16, 2018. The updated schedule provides for a modest increase for most fees—but also more significant...more

Three Reasons to File a Design Patent with your Utility Patent

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When filing a utility patent that includes design elements, the patentee is often faced with the question “should I also file a design patent?” The patentee may answer with “there is no need to file the design patent since...more

USPTO Announces Fee Increases Effective January 16, 2018

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

United States Patent and Trademark Office has published final rules increasing certain fees relating to patent examination and post grant proceedings (Please click here to see the USPTO’s table showing the fee changes...more

"Retro" Designs: Using Your Utility Portfolio to Expand Design Protection

From gadgets to apparel, retro is all the rage these days. What does this mean for your consumer product patent portfolio? The obvious strategy is to consistently file design applications covering your product releases,...more

The Goods on IP - October 2017

The October 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's The Goods on IP® discusses using your utility patent portfolio to expand design protection, tips for aligning your consumer product European patent portfolio with U.S. best...more

Recap on Design Patent Drawings

This post is a follow-up to our prior post To Seek Design Protection or Not, That is the Question! where we discuss situations where it is worth considering seeking a design patent. Here we highlight takeaways from a USPTO...more

Building a Health App? Part 2: Protecting Your Intellectual Property

This post is the second in a series of weekly blog posts covering legal issues for consideration during the early stages of development of a health app and providing best practices to help guide you through a successful...more

Utility Patents in Fashion Design? Nike & Huzu Innovate The Way

by Knobbe Martens on

Edited by Catherine Holland   What is a Utility Patent? Utility patents cover a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter.  Design patents are much more common in the fashion industry since design...more

Patent Myths Corrected – Part One

by Weintraub Tobin on

Patent law is a complicated area of law governed by a confusing set of statutes and regulations that are interpreted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the federal courts. Patents themselves are...more

Five Fun (!) Facts About US Design Patent Examination That You Probably Didn’t Know

Design patent examination has been subject to many recent changes at the USPTO, including changes in the application backlog and foreign filing.  While design patents made up just under 8.0% of the patents issued in 2015, the...more

Give a Man Cupcake Sushi, and He’ll Have Dessert for a Day; Teach a Man to Make Cupcake Sushi, and He’ll Rip You Off

Lori Shubert and her company, Cupcake Sushi, LLC, filed an interesting lawsuit against Santiago and his associates, doing business as Sushi Sweets, for patent infringement, trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade...more

Protecting Intellectual Property Rights

by Downey Brand LLP on

Upon hearing the term intellectual property rights, the first image that most people conjure are the tens or hundreds of patents that cover the various features of a smartphone – from the display, to the software, to the...more

Patents 101: The Different Types of Patents

by Revision Legal on

Any business entity or inventor that is considering securing patent rights for a novel and non-obvious invention needs to know a little bit about the different types of patents that are available from the United States Patent...more

The Goods on IP - April 2017

Intellectual property plays an important role in maintaining a competitive edge in rapidly evolving consumer product and consumer packaged goods markets. Consumers expect ongoing product improvements, and savvy companies...more

To Seek Design Protection or Not, That is the Question!

While design patents are gaining wider attention—thanks in part to the highly-publicized litigation involving Samsung and Apple—they still remain an underutilized form of intellectual property (IP) protection.  This blog...more

Utility and Design Patents - Distinctions with a Difference

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Patent protection provides inventors with exclusive rights to their inventions for a period of time, if they disclose their invention to the public with sufficient detail, and if the invention is new and not obvious. The two...more

Understanding the similarities and differences between priority claims in Canada and the U.S.

by Smart & Biggar on

A valid priority claim can allow a patent application to benefit from the filing date of an earlier patent application so as to exclude certain prior art from consideration. The recent decision of the U.S. Federal Circuit in...more

Before You Unveil That New Product at the Big Trade Show

The biggest trade show of the year is just around the corner, and you can hardly wait to unveil your company's newest, most exciting, most innovative product yet. Your engineers and designers have worked all year to perfect...more

Can Skechers Get a Second Bite at the IPR Apple?

by Knobbe Martens on

On January 5, 2017, Skechers U.S.A., Inc. filed a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to institute an Inter Partes Review (IPR2017-00607) (“current IPR petition”) of two design patents owned by Nike, Inc.:...more

Design Patents – The Forgotten Protection

The use of design patents to protect a new product is frequently overlooked. The public only becomes aware of design patents whenever the rare blockbuster jury verdict arises such as Apple’s verdict over Samsung over iPhone...more

Design Patents and Copyrights for Designs on Useful Articles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Two recent cases illustrate the potential benefits of protecting intellectual property rights with both design patents and copyrights, particularly for an article that has both utility and a design, including because a design...more

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