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U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Issues Final Rules For Contested Patent Cases
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published the final rules for handling contested patent cases, including post-grant review of patents based on prior art.
United States
12 Sep 2012
Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Musicians And Advertisers At Odds Over Use Of Sound-Alikes In Advertising
An increasingly important source of revenue for songwriters and performing artists has been licensing their compositions or sound recordings for use by commercial advertisers.
United States
20 Aug 2012
Staking Claims In The Expanding Internet: New Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)
Until recently, the primary concern for many companies seeking to protect and promote their brand online was to reserve the .com domains corresponding to their key brands, and then perhaps other domains (e.g. .net, .org, .info, .biz, etc.), sometimes for no other reason than to prevent others from using them.
United States
21 Jun 2012
Common Scams Trademark Owners Should Be on the Lookout For
In a busy office, an official-looking piece of mail arrives from an entity with an official-sounding name, and an address in Washington, D.C. It states that in order for the company’s trademark to be published in a "register of trademarks," the attached invoice must be attended to immediately…
United States
20 Dec 2010
Trademark Owners Oppose Reinterpretation of the Functionality Doctrine in Rosetta Stone v. Google
Many trademark owners believe that a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia may open the door for accused infringers to avoid liability if they can prove that they are using another’s trademark in a "functional" way.
United States
20 Dec 2010
The Importance Of Proper Employee Assignment Of Inventions Agreements
On September 30, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided in "Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.", 583 F.3d 832 (Fed. Cir. 2009), that the plaintiff ("Stanford") lacked standing to assert an infringement cause of action against the defendant ("Roche") as Stanford did not possess the necessary interest in the patents-in-suit.
United States
24 Mar 2010
In re Bose Corp: Revisiting Fraud At The USPTO
Following the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision in "Medinol Ltd. v Neuro Vasx Inc.", 67 USPQ2d 1205 (TTAB 2003), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") had embarked on a forceful path to encourage candor in the prosecution and enforcement of trademarks in the United States.
United States
24 Mar 2010
The Problem Of Grey Market Goods: Practical Suggestions For Protecting Your Brand
Many trademark owners increasingly find themselves faced with the unenviable position of needing to take action against their own marks, and specifically trying to defeat the sale of grey market goods.
United States
11 Feb 2010
Proposed Introductions On New Generic Top Level Domains Could Significantly Affect Trademark Owners
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) has announced plans to create an indefinite number of new generic top-level domains (“gTLDs”) and will accept the first applications for such new gTLDs as early as the first quarter of 2010.
United States
30 Sep 2009
Buyer Beware: Second Circuit’s Decision Shifts The Landscape For Search Engine Advertising Practices
On April 3, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision that has the legal and business communities abuzz.
United States
1 Jun 2009
Finding The “Anonymous Dogs” On The Internet: Court-Authorized Investigations Of Anonymous Illegal Conduct
As the cartoon says, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” The apparent anonymity of Internet users can be a source of significant frustration to businesses that are exposed to a wide variety of anonymous or disguised threats or actions.
United States
12 Feb 2009
Top 10 International Trade Commission Developments For 2008
Offering speedy trials before IP-savvy judges and the powerful remedy of an exclusion order to stop infringing goods at the border, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has become an increasingly popular forum for enforcing IP rights.
United States
9 Oct 2008
How To Eliminate The Backlog At The Patent Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) claims it is awash in applications awaiting examination due to an increasing wave of continuation application filings, and that this backlog is impeding its ability to provide quality examination.
United States
9 Oct 2008
UK Trademark Rule Changes To Affect EU Trademark Owners
The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office ("UK IPO") has recently announced changes to its trademark examination procedures that will affect those having registered trademark rights not only at the national level in the United Kingdom but also under the EU-wide Community Trade Mark ("CTM") system.
24 Oct 2007
Recently Issued Financial Services Industry Patent Raises Concerns
In recent years there have been an increasing number of patents directed towards the financial services community. Continuing this trend, on August 8, 2006, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") issued U.S. Patent No. 7,089,503 ("the ’503 patent"), entitled "Mortgage Loan Customization System and Process" to Fannie Mae.
United States
30 Nov 2006
Protecting Your Intellectual Property Against Infringement on the Internet
Since just about everything is on the Internet today, it is no surprise that trademark and copyright infringement often happen there as well. What follows is a brief summary of the basic trademark and copyright problems that may arise on the Internet, as well as some practical tips for dealing with them when they occur.
United States
12 May 2006
Top 10 Things to Know About IP Portfolios
When framing the Constitution, America’s founding fathers recognized the significance and value of intellectual property and included its protection as a fundamental tenet of the nation’s legal system.
United States
2 Nov 2005
Top 10 Things to Know Before You Launch A Comparative Advertising Campaign (IP Advisory)
Comparative advertising is an effective way to inform consumers about your product and how it compares to your competition. Competitors, however, are quick to respond to comparative advertising — no one wants the consuming public to think their brand is inferior. Comparative advertising is entirely legal in the United States, but, as with any advertising, it cannot be false.
United States
10 Mar 2005
Top Ten Things to Do About Your Competitors’ Intellectual Property
Monitoring competitors’ intellectual property not only informs you of what protection your competition is getting but also provides insights into the competition’s technology and marketing focuses. If you are nimble enough, this knowledge can provide a significant business advantage. Here are some of the things you can learn about your competitors’ IP and how that information can be used to your advantage.
United States
22 Nov 2004
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