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7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom
For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for [...]
Non-Limiting Preamble Costs Cochlear at CAFC
Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB (“Cochlear”) owns U.S. Patent No. 7,043,040 (“the ‘040 patent”), directed to a hearing aid for use in those with unilateral [...]
Fed. Circ. Rules Thryv Bars Interested Party Appeals At PTAB
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that blocks appeals of decisions saying an inter partes review petition has been timely filed also bars those with [...]
Fed. Circ. Nixes Arthrex Do-Over Attempt, Siding With USPTO
A Federal Circuit panel Tuesday tossed United Fire Protection Corp.'s appeal of an institution decision based on the Arthrex ruling, agreeing with the U.S. Patent [...]
Broad, UC Each Tell PTAB It Invented CRISPR First
A Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel has given few hints about which way it is leaning in a hotly contested fight over whether the [...]
US Rebukes Patent, Abortion Language In WHO Resolution
The U.S. on Tuesday joined a World Health Organization resolution calling for an investigation into the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but disassociated itself [...]
Apple Nears Win In Suit Over ‘Red Squiggly’ Line Patent
A California federal judge on Tuesday appeared open to tossing a lawsuit alleging Apple's use of a "red squiggly" line spell-check feature in its products [...]
Illinois Firm, Attys Want Out Of Business Row Malpractice Suit
Chicago law firm Strauss & Malk LLP and two attorneys argued Tuesday that they should be granted summary judgment over malpractice accusations that they mishandled [...]
Spotify Calls Exec Behind Music Rights Group A ‘Fraudster’
A 21-year-old behind a music rights organization suing all the major players in music streaming and broadcasting for allegedly boycotting his organization is really just [...]
Nike Denied Full Win In Kawhi Leonard Logo IP Fight
An Oregon federal judge on Monday refused to grant Nike a quick win on claims that Kawhi Leonard infringed the sports shoe and apparel giant's [...]
Patent Rights and Wrongs in the COVID-19 Pandemic: EU and U.S. Approaches to Compulsory Licensing
As governments around the globe fight the COVID-19 outbreak, pharmaceutical companies race to develop a vaccine and potentially secure a patent for it. To speed [...]
Apple, Cisco Get $4.2M In Fees After Rebuke For ‘G-R-E-E-D’
Apple and Cisco will be walking away from a patent dispute with less than half the attorney fees they originally requested, after U.S. District Judge [...]
PTAB Mostly Hands Win To Cisco Over Cybersecurity Patent
Cisco scored a partial win in its patent battle with Centripetal Networks when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board struck down a large portion of [...]
L’Oreal Says Patent Atty Lied In Wrongful Termination Case
Cosmetics brand L'Oreal USA Inc. has moved to throw out a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by one of its former patent attorneys, saying depositions showed [...]
Gov’t Amicus Efforts Show Antitrust Policy Via Advocacy
Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has filed an increasing number of amicus briefs in an effort to influence antitrust [...]
Gov’t, Amazon Programs Offer IP Protection During Pandemic
In light of an increase in counterfeit goods exacerbated by the pandemic, retailers should consider Amazon programs and a government registry to safeguard their trademarks [...]
CIT Clears Wirtgen Imports Over CBP’s Patent Objections
U.S. Customs and Border Protection can't bar Wirtgen from bringing in road-milling machines that were redesigned to avoid an infringement-based import ban, the U.S. Court [...]
Connected Products, Disappearing Features
Reports that Tesla remotely disabled advanced software features within one of its Model S vehicles after it was resold reflect the fact that copyright-protected software [...]
Federal Circuit Finds District Court Correctly Applied Ordinary Observer Test
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of [...]
5 Tips For Emergency Relief Petitions During COVID-19
Business disputes are not a priority for courts right now, so companies looking to protect their trade secrets or rights to contractual performance must tailor [...]
Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms
There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law [...]
3 Approaches To IP Valuation For Pandemic Recovery
Determining an intellectual property asset's value in light of the pandemic using a market, income or cost approach can help companies faced with a restructuring, [...]
IBM, Samsung Again Top Annual Patent Gains List
IBM Corp. received nearly 9,500 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2019, more than any other company for yet another year, according [...]
Dueling Bike Chain IP Rulings Won’t Make Fed. Circ. Ax Patent
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board rightly upheld the validity of a patent covering an unexpectedly successful SRAM LLC bicycle chainring, even though a related [...]

The Difference Between a Warranty and Indemnity

Warranties and indemnities are both forms of contractual protection that minimize a buyer’s exposure to risks of loss or damage. They are a means of allocating risk between vendors and buyers. In a sale and purchase transaction, the buyer may seek protection through warranties and indemnities while the vendor may try to protect its position […]


5 Intellectual Property Assets You Should Protect

Trade Marks “A product can be quickly outdated, but a successful brand is timeless.” – Stephen King Your brand name is one of the first and also one of the most important decisions you will make when you start your business. The choice of name is very important as is owning the rights in it. […]


WIPO – The Division and Merger of International Registrations

Starting 1 February 2019, the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol relating to the division and merger of international registrations have been amended. Under the new rules, a holder of trade mark registration may now request for a division or even a merger of their international registrations. Division Division happens when an Office […]


What you need to know about Consignment

Ever heard of the stores Blue Spinach? Poshmark? The RealReal? These stores may be located in different parts of the world, but they have one thing in common. That is, they are all consignment stores that specialise in selling pre-owned items ranging from clothes and handbags to luxury items. What is Consignment? Consignment is a […]


How to Register a Trade Mark in the Philippines

Trade mark registration in the Philippines is administered by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). On 23 November 2013, IPOPHL launched a search engine for trade marks known as the Philippines Trademarks Database (PTD) which can be located here. As at the date of writing, the PTD records that 156, 621 trade marks […]


Intellectual Property in Websites and Copyright Issues

Your website represents your business on the Internet and it is through your online presence that you deal with the public and generate intellectual property output. It is a valuable asset of your business, represents your brand online and should be protected like any of your other assets. Here are some ways to protect the […]


CCPA: How to comply with the New California Consumer Privacy Act

The New California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 has been on a roll out since 1 January 2020 with only a few months left to comply until the State of California starts enforcement action on 1 July 2020. 1. Ascertain whether your business is covered by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): The CCPA applies […]


Vodka Wars: KWM, SPI Group Wins Long-Running Stolichnaya Trade Mark Case

King & Wood Mallesons, in a 15-year trade mark case, has successfully defended its client, SPI Group (‘SPI’) in relation to ownership of the Stolichnaya brand name in Australia. The proceedings concerned the ownership of trade marks of the well-known brands of the Russian vodka including the famous Stolichnaya trade mark. The proceedings commenced in […]


Is “Innocent” Copyright Infringement a Defence to Copyright Infringement?

Copyright is a form of legal protection automatically provided to the authors or creators of original works. Copyright protection is a very inclusive IP right in intangible property and protects the expression of creative matter. It applies to works that are literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic, photographic, architectural and artistic. Copyright protection only applies to tangible […]


Intellectual Property in the Workplace: to whom does it belong?

In the Information Age, intellectual property is a very valuable asset of your business. Most successful businesses, large and small, are built on intangible assets or IP. Intellectual property can be in the form of a copyright, for example, a short story or a drawing, a patent for an invention, or a trademark for a […]