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


EPO/ IEA Study on Innovation in Batteries and Electricity Storage Aims to Identify Trends to Help Tackle Climate Crisis

On Tuesday, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a joint study titled “Innovation in batteries and electricity storage - a global …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 day ago 2

Senate IP Subcommittee Continues Search for Balance on Potential Copyright Reforms

On September 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held a hearing titled “Are Reforms to Section 1201 Needed and Warranted?”, which continued the Subcommittee’s …
By Rebecca Tapscott
3 days ago 1

Panelists Provide Perspectives on The Gender Gap in Stem Education, Funding and Inventorship

As IPWatchdog’s Virtual CON2020 continues, in a session on Day 7 titled “The Gender Gap: Stem Education, Funding & Inventorship,” a panel discussed the current underrepresentation of women …
By Rebecca Tapscott
7 days ago 1

Acer v. Intellisoft Petition Rebukes CAFC for Disrespecting SCOTUS Precedent, Ignoring District Court

Greenberg Traurig and The Rader Group – which is headed by retired Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Randall Rader - …

Ninth Circuit Holds that Jersey Boys Did Not Infringe ‘Protected Expressive Elements’ of Autobiographical Book

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a decision on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the District of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
10 days ago 0

United States is Third Again in WIPO Global Innovation Index 2020

Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) issued the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020 report jointly with Cornell University, INSEAD and the 2020 GII Knowledge Partners, which included …
By Rebecca Tapscott
14 days ago 3

Revised Facebook v. Windy City Opinion Preserves Bar on Self-Joinder for IPRs, Remands to PTAB on Late-Filed Petitions

On September 4, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) modified and reissued its March 18, 2020 opinion in Facebook v. Windy City Innovations, LLC, following …
By Rebecca Tapscott
16 days ago 0

Judge Michel, Panelists Contemplate the CAFC Past, Present and Future on Day Two of CON2020

Headlining day two of IPWatchdog’s CON2020 was Retired U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) Chief Judge Paul Michel, who offered attendees 12 “perspectives” …

Federal Circuit Remands District Court Decision for Erroneous Claim Construction

On August 27, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed and remanded a decision of the U.S. District Court for the District …
By Rebecca Tapscott
23 days ago 0

Microsoft Supports Epic Games’ Complaint Against Apple for Anti-Competitive Practices

On August 23, Microsoft filed a declaration in support of Epic Games, Inc.’s August 13th Complaint for Injunctive Relief against Apple, Inc., in which Epic alleged that …
By Rebecca Tapscott
28 days ago 2

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court Dismissal of Administrative Procedure Act Suit Appealing PTAB Decision

On August 20, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a district court’s dismissal of an appeal from the United States Patent …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 3

Second Circuit Vacates Trademark Infringement Holding Against Costco For Use of the Term ‘Tiffany’

On August 17, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated and remanded a decision of the district court in Tiffany & Co. v. Costco Wholesale …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 2

Eighth Circuit Affirms Holding That Disclosure of Source Code Was Authorized Under the Parties’ Agreement

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part a district court decision in MPAY Inc. v. …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 0

CAFC Affirms Sanctions Entered Against Overly Litigious Doctors

On August 13, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 1

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Copyright Infringement Claim Against Disney’s Inside Out Movie

On August 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Masterson v. Walt Disney Company, affirmed a district court’s dismissal of Carla Masterson’…
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 0