Rebecca Tapscott

Rebecca Tapscott

Rebecca Tapscott is an intellectual property attorney who has joined IPWatchdog as our Staff Writer. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Central Florida and received her Juris Doctorate in 2002 from the George Mason School of Law in Arlington, VA.

Prior to joining IPWatchdog, Rebecca has worked as a senior associate attorney for the Bilicki Law Firm and Diederiks & Whitelaw, PLC. Her practice has involved intellectual property litigation, the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the chemical, mechanical arts, and electrical arts, strategic alliance and development agreements, and trademark prosecution and opposition matters. In addition, she is admitted to the Virginia State Bar and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.


Posts by Rebecca Tapscott


U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Federal Register Notice Announcing State Sovereign Immunity Study

On June 3, the U.S. Copyright Office published a Federal Register notice regarding a study it is initiating to “evaluate the degree to which copyright owners are …
By Rebecca Tapscott
14 hours ago 1

District Court Finds Palomar’s ‘Pick and Place’ Patent Invalid Under 101

In a follow-up to a decision earlier this month blocking an attempt by Palomar Technologies, Inc. to bar new prior art references based on IPR estoppel, the …
By Rebecca Tapscott
2 days ago 19

PTAB Invalidation of Zaxcom Claims to Emmy-Winning Microphone Tech Heads to CAFC

On May 26, Zaxcom filed an appeal brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) requesting review of the Patent Trial and Appeal …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 days ago 1

Eleventh Circuit Finds ENGINEERED TAX SERVICES Mark Inherently Distinctive

On May 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a decision of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida …
By Rebecca Tapscott
8 days ago 0

Chamberlain Petitions SCOTUS to Review CAFC’s ‘Refusal to Assess Claims as a Whole’ in Garage Door Opener Case

On May 15, the Chamberlain Group Inc. filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the U.S. Court of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
9 days ago 27

CAFC Finds Claim for Delivery Notification System Abstract as Directed to a Longstanding Commercial Practice

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
15 days ago 6

Federal Circuit Finds District Court Correctly Applied Ordinary Observer Test

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
17 days ago 0

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court Finding of Standing Despite Improperly Filed Assignment

On May 13, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) upheld a decision of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota …
By Rebecca Tapscott
22 days ago 0

Court Rejects Rogers Test, Introduces ‘Genuine Artistic Motive’ Test in Stouffer v. National Geographic

On May 8, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado granted National Geographic’s Motion to Dismiss Stouffer’s amended complaint in Stouffer v. National …
By Rebecca Tapscott
23 days ago 1

USPTO COVID-19 Pilot Program Will Benefit Small Companies and Individual Inventors

On May 7, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a Notice in the Federal Register regarding the implementation of a new pilot program for COVID-19 …
By Rebecca Tapscott
25 days ago 1

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB’s Non-Obviousness Ruling in View of Prior Art

On May 5, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial …
By Rebecca Tapscott
30 days ago 1

Booking.com Oral Arguments: Will Justices’ Skepticism of USPTO Arguments Trump Monopoly Concerns?

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al., v. Booking.com B.V., (Case No. 19-46) yesterday, in …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 0

USPTO Shoots Down DABUS’ Bid For Inventorship

Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a decision refusing to vacate a Notice of Missing Parts in U.S. Patent Application No.: 16/524,350 (…
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 49

USTR Special 301 Report and Review of Notorious Markets Highlight Continued Concerns with China

On April 29, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its 2020 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Protection and its 2019 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 4

CAFC Affirms Board Holding that Fishing Method Claim is Patent Ineligible

On  April 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision in In re: Rudy affirming …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 29