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USPTO to Expand Initiatives for Under-Resourced Inventors and First-Time Filers
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Kathi Vidal penned a blog post today announcing several new programs aimed at expanding the U.S. innovation [...]
BetterHelp Hit With TM Suit Over 'Therapy For Black Girls'
Mental health platform BetterHelp has been slapped with a trademark suit in Georgia federal court for allegedly poaching the phrase "therapy for black girls" from [...]
Barnes & Thornburg Adds IP Pro From Merchant & Gould
Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added a former partner at intellectual property boutique Merchant & Gould PC to its ranks in Atlanta, strengthening its IP [...]
Baker Botts Names New IP Group Co-Chair
Baker Botts LLP has elevated an attorney with nearly two decades of experience to co-chair of the firm's bustling intellectual property practice. [...]
Barton Scoops Up Ex-Hulu Atty For IP Practice
Barton LLP is boosting its presence in Los Angeles and Nashville by hiring a partner who has done time as an in-house lawyer at Hulu [...]
Biophysics IP Counsel Rejoins Buchanan Ingersoll
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has rehired an attorney who earlier spent almost six years with the firm to its intellectual property group, Buchanan Ingersoll [...]
District Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Requested Under Reverse Confusion Theory Following PepsiCo Ruling
In a case that echoes they key issue in a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling for PepsiCo, Inc., U.S. District [...]
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner is Seeking a Patent Attorney
Schwegman is seeking qualified patent attorneys having strong technical skills in computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or advanced degrees in chemistry/biotech. We are particularly [...]
Leahy Spotlights Report On 10-Year Patent Pilot Program
The decadelong patent pilot program that put patent cases before district judges with an interest in intellectual property improved efficiency and experience, but had little impact [...]
As Albright's Patent Reign Ends, Where Will Cases End Up?
New Western District of Texas rules on distributing patent cases mean Judge Alan Albright will soon no longer oversee a large swath of U.S. patent [...]
'Pablo' Faces TM Suit From 'Esco Bar' In Battle Of Vape Cos.
An Illinois company that tells vape pens under the brand name "Pablo Bar" has been hit with a trademark lawsuit from a Texas company that [...]
Del. Jury Finds Kurin Infringed Rival's Blood-Testing Patent
A Delaware federal jury found Tuesday that Kurin Inc.'s blood-testing products infringe Magnolia Medical Technologies Inc.'s blood-testing patent in the first phase of the two-part [...]
Faux Outrage Over Patent Friendly Court Leads to WDTX Order Curbing Albright Caseload
Yesterday, Chief Judge Orlando Garcia of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas issued an order that, in Garcia’s words, will “equitably [...]
The Rise And Fall Of Judge Albright's Patent Court
After nearly four years of U.S. District Judge Alan Albright controversially soliciting masses of patent cases to be filed in his division, the chief judge [...]
TTAB Won't Let Radiology Co. Secure 'Your Body' Podcast TM
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has rejected a radiology firm's request to register the term "Your Body" as a trademark for medical podcasts, unmoved [...]
IPWatchdog’s Second Annual Meeting, LIVE 2022, Is Less Than Two Months Away
IPWatchdog’s Second Annual Meeting, IPWatchdog LIVE 2022 is less than two months away. Originally planned to start on March 16, 2020, we had to cancel [...]
Fed. Circ. Won't Rethink USPTO Cancer Patent App Ruling
The Federal Circuit on Tuesday turned down the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's calls for the court to rehear its revival of a fight with ImmunoGen [...]
Trade Secrets Fight Belongs In Tribal Court, Judge Rules
A federal judge in Alabama declined to hear allegations that a former employee for a tribal-owned defense contractor stole trade secrets and shared them with [...]
Full Fed. Circ. Urged To Reject Hirshfeld's Director Reviews
An engineer and longtime critic of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has weighed in on a Federal Circuit ruling that allowed a former patent [...]
Patent On Keeping Flowers And Produce Fresh Wilts At PTAB
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated two claims in a Lytone Enterprise Inc. patent on a way to maintain the freshness of produce [...]
Second Circuit Says RISE Mark is on Weak End of Suggestive Spectrum, Reversing Preliminary Injunction Against Pepsi
On July 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision in RiseandShine Corp. v. PepsiCo, Inc., authored by Senior Circuit [...]
IP Issues for Retail Businesses Advertising in Augmented Reality
With the advent of augmented reality systems, unique opportunities exist for retail businesses. The ability to provide dynamic and layered advertisements can add a new [...]
Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman is Seeking a Patent Attorney
Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman (HFZ), the patent prosecution and consulting law firm located in downtown Chicago, is looking for patent attorneys to join their team. [...]
Vidal to Consider Revisions to Iancu’s Eligibility Guidance
In a Director’s Forum blog post published earlier today, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Kathi Vidal recounted the Office’s efforts over the [...]

New Amendments to Australia’s IP Laws: Non-Use Applications

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (the Act) is introducing new changes to Australia’s IP regime. This article will consider the changes to the grace period for non-use applications under the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth). What is a non-use application? A non-use application is an […]

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How to Monitor my Trade Mark for Infringement?

A trade mark, sometimes called a ‘brand’ is used to signify that products or services originate from a particular entity or business. Proprietary rights in a trade mark may be obtained either by use (so-called ‘common law’ rights) or by registration (‘statutory rights’). Common law rights arise when a trade mark is used to such […]

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New Amendments to Australia’s IP Laws: Parallel Importation

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (the Act) is introducing new changes to Australia’s IP regime. This article will consider some of the major changes to parallel importations introduced by the Act and how these impact upon the current IP regime. What is parallel importation? Parallel […]

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How to Get an International Trade Mark?

Even if you have registered a trade mark in your home country, this does not guarantee protection when you decide to expand your brand and market your products or services globally. Your trade marks may have protection in the geographical places where they are registered, but if you are trading overseas, you should consider whether […]

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3 Important Trade Mark Considerations

Descriptiveness Though it might be tempting to opt for a descriptive name for your brand to assist consumers with brand recognition, choosing a name that is too descriptive often results in a brand that is not be capable of registration as trade mark. Consider, for example, the brand name ‘Global Exports’ which is in the […]

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Funny Trade Mark Quotes

The Beginning of a Trade Mark If you’ve had any experience with trade marks, then you know it can be an exciting process. A trade mark gives you ownership of the name and the legal right to use that mark exclusively to brand your business and prevent others from doing so. From the time that […]

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The Basics of Copyright Law in Australia

What is copyright? Copyright is a form of intellectual property that protects the creator of an original work (or other subject matter) by granting exclusive rights in that work. These rights allow creators to control how their work is used and provides creators a means to commercialise their works. Who is the owner of copyright? […]

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What Do Trade Mark Attorneys Do?

Registering a trade mark can feel somewhat expensive for an on-a-budget startup! Therefore, hiring a trade mark attorney can seem out of reach when you are paying for all your other “legals”. But self-filing your trade make does not necessarily mean that you will save on money or time. If it is not done right, […]

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ATMOSS – IP Australia – Australian Trade Mark Search

What is the Australian Trade Mark Search? The Australian Trade Mark Search is a directory provided by IP Australia to assist with trade mark searches. The Australian Trade Mark Search is the successor of the former Australian Trade Marks Online Search System (ATMOSS). The Australian Trade Mark Search is an essential tool for performing initial […]

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I Want to Be a YouTuber! What IP Legals Should I Know?

The YouTuber The evolution of the video-sharing platform, YouTube, has been an exciting journey to watch. From a place one would share amateur home videos to an advertising channel with a market of millions, it’s incredible to see how people have used YouTube and content creation to create successful careers. When YouTubers such as Timothy […]

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