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USTR: Counterfeit and pirated physical products valued at nearly half a trillion dollars

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, imports of counterfeit and pirated physical products are valued at about half a trillion dollars, or about 2.5 …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 2

Do Recent Decisions Signal a Change in Patent Owner’s Rights to Defend and Amend Claims in Post-Grant Proceedings?

Ever since the introduction of AIA post-grant proceedings, many have questioned whether the procedural deck is stacked against patent owners.  Limits on making claim amendments, having to …
By David Thibodeau
1 month ago 7

Where Does Blockchain Fit in Digital Rights Management?

The lawsuit is the latest example of content creators chasing down a third party that does not directly infringe content but rather facilitates infringement through a combination …

Banner & Witcoff Elects Nine Shareholders

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd., a national intellectual property law firm, announces the election of nine shareholders: Shambhavi Patel, Maurine L. Knutsson, Michael S. Cuviello, Azuka C. Dike, Craig …
By Press Releases
1 month ago 0

Andrei Iancu confirmed by Senate as Director of the USPTO

Andrei Iancu was confirmed by the United States Senate to become Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the United States Patent and …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 29

A Practical Guide to Startup Funding

What if your startup is a university startup based on university developed and patented technology? The goal is not only to create a domestic corporation, but also …
By Irwin Stein & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 5

Patterson Intellectual Property Law, PC Seeks a Mechanical Patent Associate

Patterson Intellectual Property Law, PC is seeking a Mechanical Patent Associate with four to 10 years of legal experience in the mechanical arts. Experience in opinion work, freedom …

Indie Innovators Still Exist, Barely

Maybe I and none of my generation will make it into the USPTO Hall of Fame because none of us will have valid patents, valid inventions. Maybe …
By Tesia Thomas
1 month ago 32

Leason Ellis Announces Addition of Robert M. Isackson

Leason Ellis LLP announced that Robert M. Isackson has joined the firm as a Partner effective February 1, 2018. Rob built his career at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where …
By Press Releases
1 month ago 0

Disclaimer Before Institution of IPR Results In Adverse Judgment And Estoppel

A disclaimer of challenged patent claims before an IPR is instituted may result in a final adverse judgment against the patent owner, triggering estoppel provisions that preclude …

Revised MPEP May Provide New Tools in Alice Rejections

The MPEP requires that “[i]n particular, the initial burden is on the examiner to explain why a claim or claims are ineligible for patenting clearly and …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
1 month ago 7

Patent Cannot Retroactively Be Filed As Divisional Application to Avoid Obviousness-Type Double Patenting

To fall within the safe-harbor protection against obviousness-type double patenting, a patent application must be properly designated as a divisional application before the patent issues. Attempts to …

Conley Rose Promotes Darlene Ghavimi to Principal

Conley Rose, PC announced the promotion of Darlene F. Ghavimi to the position of Principal for 2018.  Ms. Ghavimi primarily represents clients in contentious and complex patent and …
By Press Releases
1 month ago 0

Effective data management and governance for social media and cloud collaboration platforms

While there are a lot of irreplaceable benefits to leveraging social media and cloud collaboration platforms for business, there are also risks that, if not managed properly, …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
1 month ago 1

Federal Circuit Reverses and Remands Board Decision Upholding Patentability

In an appeal from an IPR in which the Board upheld the patentability of several patent claims, the Federal Circuit vacated the decision and remanded to the …