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


Complete Genomics Sues Illumina for Antitrust and Unfair Competition Violations

Complete Genomics, Inc., BGI Americas Corp., and MGI America’s Inc. (Complete Genomics) have filed suit against Illumina, Inc. alleging violation of federal antitrust statutes and California …
By Rebecca Tapscott
20 hours ago 1

Minaj-Chapman Copyright Settlement is a Warning to Artists

Last week, documents were filed confirming that singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman accepted Onika Tanya Maraj’s (who performs rap under the stage name Nicki Minaj) Rule 68 Offer of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
2 days ago 0

Federal Circuit Reverses Holding of Infringement Based on Faulty Claim Construction

On January 5, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
8 days ago 0

Former CAFC Chief Judge Michel Backs Ericsson in FRAND Dispute

On January 5, the Honorable Paul R. Michel filed an amicus brief in support of Ericsson’s Emergency Application for an Anti-Interference Injunction related to Samsung’s lawsuit …
By Rebecca Tapscott
9 days ago 2

Federal Circuit Vacates PTAB Holding that Raytheon Patent is Non-Obvious

On December 23, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) vacated a decision of the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), holding …
By Rebecca Tapscott
11 days ago 0

The Year in Patents: Ten Developments We’ll Remember From 2020

As we end 2020— a year most of us probably wish to forget— it appears that after much litigation it is finally safe to call Joe Biden the …

The Copyright Top Five of 2020

From the Google v. Oracle arguments to Congress’ year-long discussion around reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 2020 was a big one for copyright law. A …

Senator Tillis Releases Draft Bill to Modernize the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property released a discussion draft copyright reform bill titled the 'Digital Copyright …
By Rebecca Tapscott
24 days ago 9

PTAB Precedential: Two Decisions Against Exercising Discretion to Deny Institution Made Precedential

On December 17, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) designated two opinions as precedential, both decisions where the PTAB considered the so-called Fintiv factors and decided …
By Rebecca Tapscott
25 days ago 6

CAFC Upholds District Court Finding for Netflix Invalidating Adaptive Patent Under 101

On December 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the United States District Court for the Central District of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 27

EPO Study Examines Trends in Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies

The European Patent Office (EPO) issued a press release and 75-page study on December 10, titled “Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution - the global technology trends enabling …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 0

PTAB Designates Three Precedential Decisions on Follow-On Petitions and Real Parties in Interest

On December 4, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) designated three Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) decisions as precedential.  In Apple Inc. v. Uniloc 2017 LLC, …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 0

The Comments Are In: More Have Their Say on USPTO Discretion to Institute AIA Trials

Submissions in response to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) “Request for Comments on Discretion To Institute Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 3

Tillis Report Sums Up Senate IP Subcommittee’s Work on U.S. IP and Innovation

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Chair, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), who was re-elected to a second term this November with about 49% of the …

Response Filed to SCOTUS Petition on Question of Whether Reserve Banks Are ‘Persons’ Eligible to Request PTAB Review

On November 25, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Bank of Atlanta) filed a brief in opposition in response to a petition for a writ of certiorari filed …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 2