News &
Events

IP NEWS

Industry Risk and Investment Drives Academic Tech Transfer
AUTM, which represents the academic technology management profession, just released the results of the survey of its members for 2021. Once again, the results are [...]
Michael Best is Seeking an IP Associate or Agent
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is seeking a Junior to Midlevel Associate or Patent Agent to join the Life Sciences subgroup of the Intellectual Property [...]
PTAB Changes Its Mind About Wireless Patent Challenge
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has concluded it made the wrong call when deciding whether proceedings from a vehicular technology conference qualify as a [...]
Atari, Brandy Melville Ask 9th Circ. To Nix Redbubble IP Wins
Atari and fashion retailer Brandy Melville urged a Ninth Circuit panel to reverse unfavorable trial court rulings in separate cases accusing print-on-demand marketplace Redbubble of [...]
5 Things To Know About The SEC's Covington Breach Probe
Covington & Burling LLP's refusal to hand over to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a list of 298 clients affected by a 2020 cyberattack [...]
Federal Circuit Says Texas Court Erred in Finding Viscometer Patent Claim Indefinite
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) today ruled in a precedential decision that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District [...]
4th Circ. Told Ruling In NBA Star's Ex-Agent Suit Was A Miss
The former marketing agent for NBA player Zion Williamson told the Fourth Circuit that a lower court erred when it classified the young star as [...]
Hair Trimmer Company Nabs $66M IP Jury Verdict
A California federal jury has awarded $66 million in damages to retailer Talavera Hair Products after finding a rival infringed patents and copyrights over split-end trimming [...]
Patent Eligibility and the Life Sciences Industry – The Impact of Law on Innovation in the Industry
One of the panels at last year’s IPWatchdog’s Life Sciences MastersTM Series addressed the thorny problem of patent eligibility.  I moderated the panel, titled Patent [...]
PTAB Won't Ax Touchscreen Tech IP In Google Fight
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board found that Google had not proven that any of the claims of a Neonode Smartphone LLC touchscreen technology patent [...]
Chancery Won't Nix Suit Over China-Tied Firm's IP Bullying
A bid for dismissal of a Delaware Chancery Court suit accusing a China-affiliated firm of bullying a California-based aircraft company's board into overseas tech transfers [...]
Fed. Circ. Judge 'Baffled' By Columbia Sportswear's IP Appeal
A Federal Circuit panel on Thursday was short on kind words for an appeal from Columbia Sportswear Co. over a jury verdict rejecting the brand's [...]
No Redo For RJ Reynolds After $95M Vape Patent Verdict
R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. on Thursday lost a bid for a new trial in a vape patent case that sacked it a $95 million judgment, despite [...]
Amazon Says Warehouse Tech Doesn't Infringe AR Patents
Amazon hit back at an augmented reality company that has accused the e-commerce giant of stealing its technology to use in warehouse robotics, asserting in [...]
Dissolution Co. Says Look-Alike Website Rips Off Its TM
The owner of a business that helps users dissolve legal entities, such as limited liability companies and nonprofits, has launched a trademark lawsuit in Texas [...]
Fed. Circ. Stuck On How To Appeal PTAB Policy In Fintiv Case
A Federal Circuit panel on Thursday seemed wary that Apple, Cisco and other large companies used a roundabout way to challenge the U.S. Patent and [...]
Ohio Dance Co. Sues Ex-Franchisee Over 'Fred Astaire' Name
A Warren, Ohio, dance instructor violated his contract with "Fred Astaire" branded dance studio franchises and slandered his former business associates in a public, Russian-language [...]
Fed. Circ. Affirms Axed Uniloc IP In Google Challenge
The Federal Circuit has backed a 2021 Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that found three claims in a network connections patent owned by patent [...]
More Info Needed To Tell Which Law Applies To DeLorean Suit
A Texas federal judge said Thursday that two car companies need to conduct more discovery before he can decide whether a trade secret dispute involving [...]
Jury Rejects Adidas TM Infringement Claims Against Clothier
A Manhattan federal jury cleared clothier Thom Browne of liability Thursday in a trademark infringement case brought by sportswear giant Adidas over striped athletic gear [...]
Mortgage Co. Says Ex-Workers Took Trade Secrets To Rival
A mortgage lending company is accusing four of its former employees of breaching their employment agreements by attempting to recruit the firm's current employees and [...]
3rd Circ. Presses US On Mylan's $50M Tax Bill
A Third Circuit panel questioned the government's position that generic-drug maker Mylan owes $50 million in taxes, asking during oral arguments Thursday why the IRS had suddenly [...]
Ind. Panel Overturns Models' Bid To Arbitrate Coverage Fight
Models who settled with Indiana strip club owners over advertising injury claims cannot battle with Indiana Casualty Co. in arbitration to recoup the total settlement [...]
Testing The Doctrine of Equivalents' Chemical Patent Context
Loeb & Loeb attorneys apply the doctrine of patent equivalents in the little-used context of chemical compounds' patent and claim elements, providing practical tips and [...]

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 […]

Read more...

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 […]

Read more...

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? […]

Read more...

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, […]

Read more...

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 […]

Read more...

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 […]

Read more...

Drone Regulations in Australia

Drone Regulations in Australia  The primary body that regulates drone use is the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (‘CASA’), which is primarily focused on the safety aspect of flying drones, or ‘unmanned aircraft’, in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace. The principle regulation that covers drone usage is the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Cth), and in […]

Read more...

6 Important Steps in Trade Marking a Brand Name

It is essential for every business to trade mark their brand name because a mark represents your product or service and distinguishes it from other products and services in the market. Registering your trade mark grants you the right to use an identifying sign exclusively, and a registered trade mark also comes along with legal […]

Read more...

Mars Touchdown – WISH YOU WERE HERE!

First Mission to Mars in 6 Years It was an exciting morning on 26 November 2018. Just before 7:00am AEDT, NASA’s spacecraft ‘Insight’ barrelled through Mars’ atmosphere at 19,785km per hour and made a successful landing on Mars. Insight sailed 548 million km through deep space, slowed just enough to be able to land by […]

Read more...

How Do I Create a Successful Start Up?

Starting Off Right   Like most processes – beginning a start-up is by no means straightforward. There are many factors that can affect whether or not your start-up may be the next huge thing to conquer the market. Whilst there is no ‘right way’ roadmap of instructions, there are things you can do as a […]

Read more...