Steve Brachmann is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law, having earned his Juris Doctor in May 2022 and served as the President of the Intellectual Property Law Society during the 2021-22 school year. He currently works as a freelancer on research projects, blogging and media consulting and is accepting offers to work. Steve has written on intellectual property topics since January 2013. Other than IPWatchdog, Steve’s work has also been published by the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding, and he has worked as a ghostwriter on IP topics for several entities. Currently living in Buffalo, NY, Steve also works as a stage actor and pet sitter.
On June 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued a precedential decision in Static Media LLC v. Leader Accessories LLC reversing a contempt finding entered in the Western District of Wisconsin over alleged violations of a protective order from a design patent infringement case between Static and Leader. Circuit Judge Jimmie Reyna authored a brief dissent from the majority opinion, arguing that Leader’s disclosure of certain confidential information with another company sued by Static for the development of a joint defense strategy was a violation of the district court’s protective order.
Earlier this month, e-commerce giant Amazon.com issued its latest Brand Protection Report detailing steps taken by the tech titan to reduce the tide of counterfeit products being sold to consumers around the globe. While the report identifies several concrete steps taken by Amazon to prevent knock-offs from being listed for sale, there are plenty of questions that yet remain as to whether Amazon is genuinely committed to eliminating sales of fake branded products that the company has been known to ignore.
This week in Washington IP news, subcommittee hearings at the U.S. House of Representatives will explore the leading role that Michigan has taken in addressing cybersecurity risks in state and local governments, as well as ways to promote data privacy despite the growth of biometric tracking systems. Elsewhere, the Hudson Institute takes a closer look at the background and potential impacts of small claims for copyright infringement filed at the recently established Copyright Claims Board, while the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hosts the inaugural meeting of the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies Partnership Series.
This week in Other Barks & Bites: the Federal Circuit vacates Eastern Virginia’s denial of a motion for recusal, nixing a $2.75 billion verdict for Centripetal Networks; interim USPTO Director Drew Hirshfeld joins Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner as Principal following end of nearly three-decade career at USPTO; the Senate and House of Representatives both host hearings focused on the negative impacts of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on small businesses as well as potential reforms; Senator Tillis blasts the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for failing to engage with requests for a drug patent study; the U.S. Department of Justice announces a settlement with Facebook owner Meta Platforms over allegations of biased advertising algorithms; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal issues a memo clarifying that Fintiv denials are limited to petitions with parallel U.S. district court proceedings; and French authorities approve a payment framework proposed by Internet giant Google for responding to notices from news publishers regarding violations of the EU’s Copyright Directive.