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A Slanted View of Scandalous and Disparaging Trademarks

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument in Lee v. Tam for January 18... The genesis of the case is a Portland, Oregon all-Asian-American band called The Slants, …
By Esther Sirotnik
4 days ago 0

Amgen v. Regeneron: Will the permanent injunction against Regeneron’s new PCSK9-inhibitor hold up on appeal?

On January 5, 2017, the District of Delaware issued its long-awaited decision in the patent dispute pending between Amgen and Regeneron wherein the Court granted Amgen’s request for …
By Zachary Silbersher
4 days ago 0

Lex Machina litigation report shows 22% drop in patent infringement suits for 2016

For the year patent infringement cases dropped by 22 percent from the previous year, from 5,823 cases in 2015 down to 4,520 cases in 2016. 2016 actually saw the lowest number of patent …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 0

Staying Ahead of Privacy and Security Risks in the Internet of Things

In creating a privacy and security plan, IOT companies should be mindful of regulatory enforcement for failure to fully comply with their own advertised practices. For example, …
By Taylor Ey
5 days ago 3

Sony files patent infringement suit against Fujifilm in S.D. Fla. over magnetic tape media

On December 15th, Japanese electronics conglomerate Sony Corp. filed a patent infringement lawsuit in U.S. district court against Japanese photography and imaging company Fujifilm. At the …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 1

Estate of Marilyn Monroe sues intimate apparel company for trademark infringement

On August 8, 2016, plaintiff became aware of defendant’s unauthorized use of the Marilyn Monroe marks and likeness and sent a cease and desist letter. Defendant continued with …
By Gene Quinn & Matt Scyoc
5 days ago 0

Thomas Anderton Joins Squire Patton Boggs in San Francisco

Thomas Anderton has joined the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice at Squire Patton Boggs as of counsel in San Francisco. Mr. Anderton has extensive life sciences experience, with …
By Press Releases
5 days ago 0

The Equitable Defense of Laches: SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products

The equitable defense of laches has been a useful tool for defendants in intellectual property litigation for over a hundred years, but a recent case in the …
By Tamany Bentz & Taylor Sachs
6 days ago 0

Changed Standard for Design Patent Damages Means More Design Patents Necessary

For patent holders in design patent infringement cases, having multiple component design patents for any given product will help maximize the potential damage award. A multiple design …
By Matt Scyoc & Gene Quinn
6 days ago 0

Federal Circuit Upholds Sanctions and Attorney’s Fees for Vexatious Litigation and Frivolous Appeal

The Court upheld the district court’s award of attorneys’ fees and costs, finding ample support in the record for Walker’s vexatious conduct, and no legitimate …

At CES 2017, Alexa reigns supreme over the growing consumer market for AI tech

There can be little doubt that the current conversation surrounding voice assistant technology begins and ends with Alexa, the personal assistant technology developed by Amazon.com. This …
By Steve Brachmann
7 days ago 0

Best of CES 2017 includes parental control software, gaming mice and ceiling tiles for wireless charging

One product in each category receives a Best of Innovation award as the most innovative product in its category. Today, we’ll take a stroll through some …
By Steve Brachmann
7 days ago 1

Understanding the Geographic Scope of a Trademark Injunction: Guthrie v. Context Media

Trademark injunctions must take into account both online promotion and future expansion plans. A narrowly-tailored geographically limited injunction can be particularly damaging to growing businesses if the …
By Matt Scyoc
7 days ago 1

Who will President Trump Nominate as the next Director of the Patent and Trademark Office?

Among the names under consideration is Randall Rader, the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals. But according to patent expert and noted commentator …
By Gene Quinn
8 days ago 17

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB Decision on Obviousness, Judge Newman Dissents

The Court’s opinion stresses that in an obviousness analysis, it should consider “whether the improvement is more than the predictable use of prior art elements according …