United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • USPTO to rule on podcasting troll

    Now, though, public opinion has turned against the NPE. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has decided to throw its weight into the situation, stating its intention to argue before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Dec. 17.

  • The impact of PTAB appeals on the Federal Circuit

    As the first appeals of these new proceedings, which were created as part of the America Invents Act, work their way through the courts, patent lawyers will learn a great deal about the impact of the Patent Trial Appeal Board proceedings on the law, and what to expect in the...

  • Redskins trademark litigation blitz

    This move, says Anessa Owen Kramer, partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and expert on trademark law, was the best for the team, when considering the two options it faces.

  • What provisions may be included in a new patent reform bill?

    New patent reform proposal may include such provisions as the loser in a lawsuit pays for the other side’s legal fees, says attorney Jeffrey Morgan.

  • Why the U.S. government should patent Ebola

    Since 2009, the U.S. government has been asking the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a patent on Ebola.

  • USPTO offers options to companies challenging validity of patents

    Edmund Walsh, an attorney at Wolf Greenfield, a Boston-based IP law firm, points out there are a lot of similarities between post grant review and inter partes review.

  • U.S. trademark prosecution: Online use may miss the mark

    While webpages are commonly used as specimens for both services and goods, simply displaying a mark on the company’s website will not necessarily result inacceptable evidence of use.

  • Fighting to win? It takes more than energy

    Because the proposed mark would be perceived as merely touting the fast-acting and long-lasting qualities of the product, and not identifying its source of origin, the Board ruled, the slogan is incapable of functioning as a trademark.

  • Armored assets

    Given all that trademarks involve, many companies—including Chrysler—do everything they can to leverage trademarks. That means that the general counsel's office plays a key role company-wide when it comes to trademark usage.

  • USPTO faces another labor and employment black eye

    Just as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is shrugging off reports that its paralegals are being paid to just sit around and do nothing, the agency is facing another potential labor and employment black eye, this one concerning its patent examiners who work from home.

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