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


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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago 2

Federal Circuit Affirms Admissibility of Evidence Supporting Availability of Prior Art Submitted in IPR Reply Brief

On November 25, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in VidStream LLC v. Twitter, Inc., in which the PTAB held VidStream’…
By Rebecca Tapscott
3 months ago 2

U.S. and EU Copyright Law Developments Reviewed at INTA Annual Meeting

Last week, during the International Trademark Association's (INTA's) all-virtual 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting, panelists Naomi Jane Gray, Axel Nordemann and Catherine Zaller Rowland discussed perspectives in Copyright …
By Rebecca Tapscott
3 months ago 2

CAFC Issues Modified Opinion on IPR Estoppel Following Panel Rehearing Petition

On November 20, the Federal Circuit issued a modified opinion following a petition for panel rehearing filed by Network-1. The petition came after the CAFC affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part …
By Rebecca Tapscott
3 months ago 1

Supreme Court Denies Patent Petitions on Arthrex, Eligibility

On November 16, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions for certiorari in two cases from the Federal Circuit: IYM Technologies LLC v. RPX Corporation and Advanced Micro …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 months ago 3

Federal Circuit Finds Claims Patent Eligible Where Not Directed Solely to Printed Matter

On November 10, the Federal Circuit reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part a decision of the District of Delaware in C R Bard Inc. v. Angiodynamics, Inc. In particular, the CAFC …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 months ago 8

Federal Circuit Vacates and Remands PTAB Decision on Basis of Analogous Art

The Federal Circuit recently vacated and remanded a decision of the PTAB in Donner Technology, LLC, v. Pro Stage Gear, LLC. In particular, the CAFC held that …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 months ago 9

Illinois District Court Finds Appliance Controller Patents Ineligible under Alice/Mayo

On November 6, the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, granted a motion to dismiss an infringement suit on the grounds that the patents in suit were directed …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 months ago 9

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB Interference Decision Based on Claim Construction; Newman Dissents

On November 4, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 months ago 1

Skidmore Seeks a Second Chance at SCOTUS in Led Zeppelin Copyright Case

On October 30, Michael Skidmore, Trustee for the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, filed a petition for rehearing of the denial of its August 6 petition for writ of certiorari …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 months ago 0