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This Week in Washington IP: Anticompetitive Acquisitions in Big Data, Copyright Protection in the Digital Age, and Connecting U.S. Innovation with National Security
This week in Washington IP news, various committees at the House of Representatives will meet to discuss the future of NASA’s activities in low-earth orbit, [...]
IPWatchdog LIVE Panelists Weigh-In on Best Practices for a Global Trademark Presence
On the Monday of IPWatchdog LIVE, a panel of trademark experts discussed “International Trademark Rights: Best Practices for a Trademark Global Presence,” moderated by vice [...]
VIASAT is Seeking a Patent Agent for its Office in Carlsbad, CA
We are looking for passionate, innovative professionals to join our team and connect the world to more. You will work in a collaborative and inclusive [...]
A Kinder, Gentler ‘Death Squad’: Ten Years in, Despite Some Reforms, the USPTO is Still Killing U.S. Patents
Now that the 10th anniversary of the America Invents Act (AIA) has passed, we can look back not only at the past decade, but also [...]
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott is Seeking a Patent Agent or Patent Attorney
Eckert Seamans seeks a licensed patent agent or attorney to join their growing intellectual property team. This is a full-time, permanent position in Pittsburgh, PA. [...]
U.S. Embassy Failures, COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, Keep Attorney Working on COVID-19 Technology Out of United States
Surely there can be no greater national interest to the United States than to allow each and every single person working to solve the COVID-19 [...]
Comcast Can't Invalidate NexStep's 'Concierge' Patents
A Delaware judge denied an early win bid Friday to Comcast Cable Communications in its effort to invalidate two customer troubleshooting "concierge" patents just ahead [...]
Rosen Law Firm To Lead Investor Suit Against Botox Rival
The Rosen Law Firm on Friday was appointed class counsel in a shareholder action against medical aesthetics company Evolus Inc. that was filed after the [...]
Arthrex Ruling Applies To Ex Parte Appeals, Fed. Circ. Says
The Federal Circuit has confirmed that the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can review an appeal of a rejected patent application in [...]
Brand Battles: Microsoft Strikes Back At 'Rise of Empires'
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Microsoft is trying to block a Hong Kong rival from getting [...]
Ingevity Vows To Appeal $85M Antitrust Loss To BASF
Ingevity Corp. is planning to challenge the nearly $85 million in damages it was hit with Wednesday, when a Delaware federal jury found that the [...]
Apple Tells Fed. Circ. That Albright Was Wrong To Move Trial
Apple has told the Federal Circuit that U.S. District Judge Alan Albright's "last-minute" decision to move an October patent jury trial over its Apple Wallet [...]
Instagram Beats Photo Embedding Copyright Suit
A California judge nixed a copyright suit from a pair of photographers who claimed that Instagram shouldn't allow websites to easily post embedded photos, ruling [...]
Fed. Circ. Upholds ITC Infringement Finding On Milk Patent
The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld the U.S. International Trade Commission's finding that a pair of bacteria strains used by German-based Jennewein infringed a Glycosyn [...]
3rd Circ. Preview: Antitrust, Defamation Suits Kick Off Fall
The Third Circuit will begin autumn by weighing antitrust matters involving Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.'s bid to arbitrate claims that doctors overpaid for rotavirus [...]
Other Barks & Bites for Friday, September 17: FTC Report Finds Big Tech Acquisitions Underreported, ITC Appoints OUII Investigative Attorney as Judge, and Hughes Dissents from CAFC’s Damages Remand in Omega Patents Case
This week in Other Barks & Bites: IPWatchdog LIVE brought together thought leaders from the IP industry and major keynote speakers, including Judge Albright, Qualcomm’s [...]
AI Inventorship Decision Leaves Open Questions
A Virginia federal court's recent decision in Thaler v. Iancu, finding that artificial intelligence cannot be named as a patent inventor, highlights questions that will [...]
Polish Pharma Co. Gets Arbitration Bid OK'd In IP Fight
A North Carolina judge has signed off on a bid by a Polish pharmaceuticals manufacturer to force arbitration in Switzerland of a dispute over trade [...]
IP Hires: Gunderson Dettmer, Goodwin, Fox Rothschild
Gunderson Dettmer has bolstered its intellectual property practice with the addition of a former Orrick attorney, while Goodwin Procter brought on a former Dechert partner [...]
Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models
Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the [...]
Health Hires: Holland & Knight, Arnall Golden Gregory
Holland & Knight LLP has snapped up an Akerman LLP partner in New York, while Arnall Golden Gregory LLP has built out its D.C. presence [...]
Hyundai Elevates Assistant GC To Chief Legal Officer
Hyundai Motor North America has promoted its assistant general counsel to serve as the automotive company's chief legal officer, the company announced Friday. [...]
3rd Circ. Says TTAB Ruling Doesn't Preclude Later Lawsuit
The Third Circuit on Friday revived a bitter trademark dispute between former musicians from the soul group The Ebonys over the rights to the name, [...]
UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London
This past week in London has seen Malawian farming families file a new claim against U.K. tobacco companies, an Italian region in a new lawsuit over [...]

Bvlgari Snake Head Design Enjoys Copyright in China

In April 2021, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court (‘BIPC’) announced its ruling in relation to a China National Intellectual Property Administration’s (‘CNIPA’) decision by deciding in favor of Bvlgari. The matter related to a trade mark application filed by Mr. Liu Rongjun in class 18 that consisted of a “snake head” design that resembled Bvlgari’s […]


Oral Agreements – Can You Enforce These?

In Australia, oral agreements can be enforceable. So, it should be no surprise that business owners can seal agreements with other parties on the basis of a handshake. Come to think of it, we get involved in oral agreements all the time. When we buy goods in the supermarket or when we order food in […]



The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) intends to protect consumers while ensuring fair trading in Australia. It provides consumers with a comprehensive set of guarantees for the goods and services they purchase. Under the ACL, consumers have protection for their purchases and businesses have accountability and responsibility in respect to their supply to consumers. WHAT ARE […]


Amazon Launches IP Accelerator in Canada to Help Small Businesses Secure a Trademark and Protect Their Brands

Amazon has launched an IP Accelerator in Canada to help small and medium-sized businesses secure and protect their trade marks through a network of trusted Canadian intellectual property law firms. IP Accelerator and its brand protection tools are readily available to participating Amazon store businesses. In order to gain access to Amazon’s tools, brands had […]


Copyright Protection of a Logo

A logo trade mark is an artistic work that functions to distinguish the brands of traders in the market. Logos are a visual representation of the brand of a company and can be protected both under trade mark law as denoting the origin of a supply and copyright law as an artistic work. Trade marks […]


AI is Revolutionizing Education

“Our intelligence is what makes us human, and AI is an extension of that quality. ” – Yann LeCun Professor, New York University There is no doubt that AI has made living and working easier. Smart refrigerators now have added artificial capabilities such as AI-equipped cameras to track food inventory and let you know what […]

Australian Intellectual Property Report 2021

Australian Intellectual Property Report 2021

Trade marks A trade mark is a type of intellectual property and consists of a sign that distinguishes the goods and services of one trader from another trader in the marketplace. A registered trade mark gives the owner a 10-year period of protection over the trader’s exclusive rights to use, license and sell the mark. […]

Trade Mark Opposition Process

The Trade Mark Opposition Process

As the owner of a trade mark, you are responsible to defend your trade mark rights. Therefore, you should know about the purpose and process of trade mark opposition proceedings. It is important for you to be familiar with the complexities of trade mark oppositions so that you are properly informed in case someone opposes […]

Smart Contracts W3iplaw

What are Smart Contracts?

Blockchain is a technology that is built on Bitcoin and powers the world’s first decentralized currency. This type of technology is described as immutable, transparent, anonymous and decentralized. It is decentralized through the use of peer-to-peer technology to send payments or data between entities without the involvement of a bank or other financial institution. There […]

Modern Slavery Act 2018

What You Need To Know About the Modern Slavery Act 2018

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the ‘Act’) entered into force on 1 January 2019 and its aim is to combat modern slavery in global supply chains. Modern slavery describes situations of serious exploitation and can include situations of human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage and child labour. It describes situations […]