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Amid Cultural Debate on Political Correctness, Trademarks with Racial Overtones Look Set for Supreme Court

Two cases making their way through the Federal courts may force the Supreme Court to consider the issue of what sorts of trademarks should be considered “disparaging,” …

Polling the Bar: An Unscientific Survey of Our Colleagues on Alice

Earlier this month, attorneys and patent practitioners from all over the nation, and far corners of the globe, descended upon Bethesda, Maryland for the 31st Annual Intellectual …
By Mark Mathison 4 days ago 3

Executable mathematics renders inventions physical! Welcome to the digital age

The use of a mathematical formula in a claim can trigger a 35 USC 101 rejection or invalidation of the patented claim. However, the role of mathematics in physics …
By Peter Lablans 4 days ago 57

Achieving a balanced IP system to ensure content creators can keep creating in the digital age

I think the long-term benefits to authors are greater than the downsides or the risks. But, like any time there's a shakeup of an industry, there are …
By Gene Quinn 5 days ago 3

The First Patent: A Roadmap for a Startup’s Patent Portfolio

The first patent is typically filed prior to entering the market. This prophetic patent might have several different ways a product may be designed and capture a …
By Russ Krajec 5 days ago 2

Are You Maximizing Your Intellectual Property? Generating more value in the innovation era

Today’s pace of innovation and competitive intensity demand greater protection of new ideas and inventions. Yet intellectual property (IP) management is not a high business priority …
By John F. Martin 5 days ago 1

IP litigation report shows downward trends in patent, file sharing copyright and IPR cases

One aspect of the recent Lex Machina report that should jump out to anyone who has closely followed the patent litigation sector over the past few years …
By Steve Brachmann 5 days ago 0

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee

Perhaps the best question of the entire oral argument was asked by Chief Justice Roberts: “So why ­­should we be so wedded to the way they do …
By Gene Quinn 6 days ago 29

Patent Value and Changing Metrics – Time to Believe in Our Product

The reason it matters as to whether we patent folks can speak non-patent speak is that those who make the decisions about patent value, i.e., corporate …
By John White 6 days ago 3

Contract considerations for an international license agreement

As the world continues to grow and international trade on a multi-continent level has become the norm, protecting a company’s name is one of the most …
By Cal Evans 6 days ago 0

Predicting Cuozzo in Advance of SCOTUS Oral Arguments

While I would never go into business handicapping the outcome of SCOTUS deliberations, I do have an opinion about what they should do in this case, at …
By Gene Quinn 7 days ago 4

Cuozzo at the Supreme Court – Determining the Future Value of Inter Partes Reviews at the Patent Office

If the Supreme Court’s recent track record in patent cases is a guide to the potential outcome in this case, it seems quite likely that the …
By Bart Eppenauer 7 days ago 2

Zuckerberg unveils 10-year plan for video, VR and global Internet connectivity at F8 conference

A keynote speech delivered on the first day of F8 by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg along with other company executives laid out a 10 year road map for …
By Steve Brachmann 8 days ago 0

USPTO to Host Patent Quality Community Symposium

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Patent Quality Community Symposium on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at USPTO’s …
By U.S.P.T.O. 8 days ago 0

District court must consider whether functional elements contributed to ornamentation of design

The Court held that the district court must review the design disclosed in the patent as a whole, and consider whether functional elements contributed to the ornamentation …