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United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Patent troll disrupts safety of thousands; victims urge Congress to legislate

    Over 40 companies that provide life-saving technology are threatened by one patent troll

  • The role of patents in software-implemented inventions

    Intellectual property protection drives research and development and provides the incentives that are essential for America’s economic growth and job creation. Without these incentives the patent system provides, we risk innovative companies quickly moving resources and talent abroad.

  • The death of ‘Cecil the Lion’ sparks trademark application frenzy

    As of late, several companies have filed trademark applications in the wake of the outcry about the death of “Cecil the Lion” including Ty Inc., Privage Ltd., and Exclusive Adventures.

  • Far from heaven, too near on earth

    Predictably, the advent of the Internet has created consternation for holders of concurrent use registrations. Obviously, the Internet has no geographic boundaries, and that creates more potential for confusion.

  • Confused? Just the Carfax, ma'am!

    In May, in a non-precedential ruling in Carfax, Inc. v. American Automobile Association, Inc., Cancellation No. 92056568 (May 7, 2015), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted a petition for cancellation of the American Automobile Association’s registration for the mark...

  • Record number of new federal patent cases filed in first half of 2015

    In the first six months of 2015, 3,122 new federal patent cases were filed, exceeding the total for any prior first-half-year period and reversing the downward trend in new case filings in 2014, according to a report by Lex Machina, a provider of legal analytics.

  • How to avoid the coming patent translation bottleneck

    Many view the AIA Treaty as negative to patent law, and rushed to file as many patents as possible before the new treaty took effect

  • The state of patent trolls in 2015

    When it comes to smothering inventions, no one does it better than patent trolls, also known as “patent assertion entities,” “non-practicing entities,” or “non-manufacturing entities.” Whatever the name, these parasites feed off the work of legitimate manufacturing companies that strive to create products and American jobs.

  • Time runs out on Omega

    In Omega S.A. v. Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Opposition Nos. 91173785 and 91174067 (April 29, 2015) [not precedential], the Board dismissed watchmaker Omega S.A.’s oppositions to Alliant Techsystems’ application to register a stylized version of Omega and Omega Elite, both with the initial Greek letter Ω as opposed to the Roman...

  • Dominion Harbor seeks to license IP in a ‘responsible way’

    Dominion’s business model is intended to help both startups and mature companies protect their inventions and ideas while filling a “vacuum in the IP licensing space” as an “entity that can bring together mature portfolios and early stage companies.”

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