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The TTABlog

The TTABlog

Covers the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. By John L. Welch.

http://thettablog.blogspot.com/
  • May 26

    TTAB Test: Is CHEF'S CUBE Merely Descriptive of Vacuum Packaging Machines?

    TTAB Test: Is CHEF'S CUBE Merely Descriptive of Vacuum Packaging Machines?
    Joseph E. Sielski applied to register the mark CHEF'S CUBE for "vacuum packaging machines for sealing plastic pouches" (Int'l Class 7), but the USPTO refused registration under Section 2(e)(1), deeming the mark merely descriptive of the…
  • May 22

    Three Summary Judgment Motions: Morehouse Defense, Claim Preclusion, and Contract Estoppel

    Three Summary Judgment Motions: Morehouse Defense, Claim Preclusion, and Contract Estoppel
    Here are three recent TTAB decisions granting motions for summary judgment (in whole or in part), the first rejecting an applicant's Morehouse defense, the second applying claim preclusion, and the third sustaining a defense of contract…
  • May 21

    TTAB Test: Are COW CREEK and BULL CREEK BREWING Confusable for Beer?

    TTAB Test: Are COW CREEK and BULL CREEK BREWING Confusable for Beer?
    This applicant found itself up a creek when the USPTO refused registration of its mark COW CREEK for beer, finding the mark likely to cause confusion with the registered mark BULL CREEK BREWING, in standard character and design forms, for…
Rank this Week: 2231

Software Intellectual Property…

Software Intellectual Property Report

Covers the places where software intersects the law of intellectual property. By Charles A. Bieneman.

http://swipreport.com/
  • May 25

    Software Patent Claims Are Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 Without Magic (Statutory) Word

    Software Patent Claims Are Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 Without Magic (Statutory) Word
    A savvy drafter of software patent claims will, to use one of the worst legal cliches, exalt form over substance.  Software in general unquestionably can be patent-eligible even after Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. …
  • May 24

    Single Patent Yields Two Results (for now) on the Question of Patent-Eligibility

    Single Patent Yields Two Results (for now) on the Question of Patent-Eligibility
    A court held one independent claim of U.S. Patent No. 8,332,475 patent-eligible, and another not, in Triplay, Inc. v. Whatsapp Inc., No. 13-1703-LPS (D. Del. April 28, 2015). Alleging that claimed subject matter encompassed an abstract idea,…
  • May 19

    When Is a (Software) Patent Claim Indefinite?

    When Is a (Software) Patent Claim Indefinite?
    Patent drafters received a reminder to include terms in the specification as they will appear in the claims, and to make sure claim terms are adequately defined and understood, in Dunnhumby USA, LLC v. Emnos USA Corp., No. 13-CV-0399…
Rank this Week: 3636

Excess Copyright

Excess Copyright

Covers the harm of excess copyright enforcement. By Howard Knopf.

http://excesscopyright.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1497

Carter Law Firm Blog

Carter Law Firm Blog

Covers intellectual property and social media. By Ruth Carter.

http://carterlawaz.com/blog/
  • May 25

    Richard Prince’s “New Portraits” – Art or Infringement?

    Richard Prince’s “New Portraits” – Art or Infringement?
    A few people sent me links to articles about Richard Prince’s art show called “New Portraits” at Gagosian gallery. He took screen shots of other people’s Instagram photos, added one comment, and is selling them for…
  • May 21

    Dislike or Defamation – Rules about Online Review

    Dislike or Defamation – Rules about Online Review
    When it comes to online review sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, it may be difficult to do to determine when a reviewer is a legally sharing their dissatisfaction about you and when they are out-and-out defaming you. The former is legally…
  • May 14

    If Someone Sends you a Photo of Themselves, Do you Own It?

    If Someone Sends you a Photo of Themselves, Do you Own It?
    Frequently I hear questions like, “If someone emails or texts me a photo of themselves, does it become my property?” Many people in this situation want to know if they own the photo and what they are allowed to do with it. The…
Rank this Week: 3628

Law, Technology & Arts Blog

Law, Technology & Arts Blog

Covers emerging legal issues in IP, technology, commerce, and the arts. From the Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts.

http://wjlta.wordpress.com/
  • May 25

    Will Congress Allow Consumers More Privacy?

    Will Congress Allow Consumers More Privacy?
    By Naazaneen Hodjat The courts are redefining the hot topic of privacy law in today’s digital age. The most recent ruling, American Civil Liberties Union v. Clapper, came in the wake of a series of disclosures by Edward Snowden, a…
  • May 20

    “Mobile Justice”? or Risky Vigilante Journalism?

    “Mobile Justice”? or Risky Vigilante Journalism?
     By Andrew H. Fuller The American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Oregon chapter and four other state chapters offer a smartphone app called Mobile Justice, which allows users to easily record interactions with the police. In…
  • May 20

    Telecoms’ Latest Attempt to Kill Net Neutrality

    Telecoms’ Latest Attempt to Kill Net Neutrality
     By Brennen Johnson Last month, the Federal Communications Commission published its new net neutrality rules in the Federal Register. In response to the new rules, there has been an onslaught of legal challenges brought by telecom…
Rank this Week: 3321

Chicago IP Litigation Blog

Chicago IP Litigation Blog

Covers Northern District of Illinois intellectual property cases. By R. David Donoghue.

http://www.chicagoiplitigation.com/
  • May 25

    The Courts and Patent Litigation

    The Courts and Patent Litigation
    We often hear concerns with the ability or the willingness of the courts to handle sophisticated patent cases.  While we feel the concern is overstated, there are legitimate concerns.  Roy Strom examines a number of these concerns…
  • May 22

    Covered Business Method Review of Four of Fifteen Patents Warrants Stay

    Covered Business Method Review of Four of Fifteen Patents Warrants Stay
    Trading Techs. Int’l, Inc. v. BCG Partners, Inc., Nos. 10 C 715, 716, 718, 720, 721, 726, 882-885, 929 & 931, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 25, 2015) (Kendall, J.). Judge Kendall granted defendants’ motion to stay this patent…
  • May 20

    Bit Torrent Default Judgment Gets $750/Movie

    Bit Torrent Default Judgment Gets $750/Movie
    Malibu Media, LLC v. Funderburg, No. 13 C 2614, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Apr. 24, 2015) (Dow, J.). Judge Dow granted plaintiff Malibu Media’s motion for default judgment in this copyright case regarding pornographic movies.  Malibu…
Rank this Week: 2366

Personalized Medicine Bulletin

Personalized Medicine Bulletin

Covers legal, business and regulatory developments in the personalized medical industry. By Foley & Lardner LLP.

http://www.personalizedmedicinebulletin.com
  • May 24

    An Update on 21st Century Cures Legislation

    An Update on 21st Century Cures Legislation
    Guest Post By: Jennifer F. Walsh , Director of Public Affairs, Foley & Lardner, LLP Last week the Personalized Medicine Coalition held its 11th Annual State of Personalized Medicine luncheon in Washington, D.C. U.S. Representative…
  • Apr 25

    California’s Bet on Precision Medicine

    California’s Bet on Precision Medicine
    California sees opportunities in personalized medicine. Earlier this month, Governor Brown announced the creation of a two year initiative – California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to “begin building infrastructure and…
  • Mar 29

    Perspectives on the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative

    Perspectives on the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative
    President Obama’s “precision medicine initiative” earmarked over $200 million from his proposed 2016 budget to “bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes – and to give all of us access to the…
Rank this Week: 3878

Patentology

Patentology

News and views on patents and innovation, with a focus on Australia and New Zealand.

http://blog.patentology.com.au/
  • May 23

    On Extensions of Patent Term and Genetic Technologie

    On Extensions of Patent Term and Genetic Technologie
    Two recent decisions issued by the Australian Patent Office address the requirements for extending the term of a patent encompassing a pharmaceutical substance ‘when produced by a process that involves the use of recombinant DNA…
  • May 17

    Can the High Court Fix Australia’s Obviousness Problem?

    Can the High Court Fix Australia’s Obviousness Problem?
    Australia has an obvious problem with obviousness.  For over three decades, we have been out-of-step on inventive step.  The law of obviousness under the Patents Act 1952 was originally messed up by the High Court in the ‘3M…
  • May 10

    ‘Software Patents’ Back Under the Appeals Court Microscope

    ‘Software Patents’ Back Under the Appeals Court Microscope
    On Thursday, 7 May 2015, a full bench of the Federal Court of Australia, comprising Justices Bennett, Kenny and Nicholson, heard the appeal of the earlier single-judge decision in RPL Central Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Patents [2013] FCA…
Rank this Week: 2763

Patent Prospector

Patent Prospector

Offers an open forum for patent practitioners. Sponsored by Patent Hawk.

http://www.patenthawk.com/blog/
  • May 23

    No Way For Mean

    No Way For Mean
    The incompetence of the patent office was demonstrated with 5,663,757, which EON asserted against 17 defendants. '757 survived two reexaminations. Then the district court found the patent indefinite for eight different means claim elements…
  • May 23

    Personal

    Personal
    Fenner Investments sued Verizon Wireless for infringing 5,561,706, which claimed locating and tracking "personal identification numbers." Claim construction of "personal identification numbers" as being personal led to stipulation of…
  • Apr 27

    Elevator Music

    Elevator Music
    Info-Hold sued Muzak and Applied Media Technologies for infringing 5,991,374, which claims playing the music ubiquitously found in commercial establishments. Ohio district court judge Timothy S. Black demonstrated bias towards Muzak in his…
Rank this Week: 840

Lenz Blog

Lenz Blog

Covers copyright, patents, and WTO.

http://k.lenz.name/LB
  • May 23

    Influence of Renewable Transition on Oil Price

    Influence of Renewable Transition on Oil Price
    That’s a question Zachary Shahan just discussed on Cleantechnica under the headline “What Are Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency Doing To Oil Prices?” I just entered the following comment to that: All things equal, more…
  • May 22

    Quantitative Restrictions for EU Oil Import

    Quantitative Restrictions for EU Oil Import
    The EU Emission Trade System sets a cap on CO2 emissions. That cap is reduced by 1.74% each year (Article 9 of Directive 2003/87). There is no equivalent cap on EU oil imports. Let’s imagine for a moment that such a cap would be…
  • May 19

    Relaunch of Lenz Blog

    Relaunch of Lenz Blog
    Some hackers were able to insert a spam link into the header of this blog. Two of my readers kindly informed me by mail of that fact. I have installed a new version of the latest WordPress software from scratch. I hope this solves this…
Rank this Week: 2414

Delaware Intellectual Property…

Delaware Intellectual Property Litigation

Covers intellectual property and antitrust litigation. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://delawareintellectualproperty.foxrothschild.com/
Rank this Week: 2086

Hearsay Culture

Hearsay Culture

KZSU-FM (Stanford) Tech/Law Talk Show. Hosted by Dave Levine.

http://www.hearsayculture.com
Rank this Week: 877

Afro-IP

Afro-IP

Covers African intellectual property news and views.

http://afro-ip.blogspot.com/
  • May 22

    Join us on Twitter for the #SandtonDiscussion every Monday

    Join us on Twitter for the #SandtonDiscussion every Monday
    For the past eight months Afro Leo has been attending internal discussion sessions on IP managed and run by Lita Mita-Qamata. These discussions, presented on a rotational basis, cover the latest and most relevant trade mark cases in local and…
  • May 7

    ARIPO, OAPI attend INTA in San Diego -- but there is still further to go

    ARIPO, OAPI attend INTA in San Diego -- but there is still further to go
    This year's International Trademark Association (INTA) Meeting in San Diego, California, is now over and the nearly 10,000 registrants are wending their way home.  For many of our African colleagues this means taking two or three flights…
  • May 2

    INTA Annual Meeting 2015 - once again features IP in Africa

    INTA Annual Meeting 2015 - once again features IP in Africa
    WIPO’s filing statistics (2014) unsurprisingly tell us that the African continent’s share in the global trade mark activity in 2013 is higher (guess year-on-year) than its share for the other registrable IP rights compared in that…
Rank this Week: 3441

Wisconsin Probate & Estate…

Wisconsin Probate & Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning, trusts and wills. By Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners, LLC

http://www.madisontrustlaw.com/
  • May 22

    Estate Planning – A Process, Not an Event

    Estate Planning – A Process, Not an Event
    Estate Planning – A Process, Not an Event You have signed all of your estate planning documents and, if your plan includes trusts, completed their funding. You sit back, relax, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with completing that…
  • May 11

    Caution: Writing Your Own Deed to Avoid Probate Can Lead to Unintended Consequence

    Caution: Writing Your Own Deed to Avoid Probate Can Lead to Unintended Consequence
    Caution: Writing Your Own Deed to Avoid Probate Can Lead to Unintended Consequences One common way to avoid probate of real estate after the owner dies is to hold the title to the property in joint names with rights of survivorship with…
  • May 4

    Take Control of Worry

    Take Control of Worry
    Take Control of Worry What worries you about your finance? Are you worried that you are making financial mistakes that will affect your future? Do you worry about losing your job, unexpected emergencies, running out of money, paying taxes or…
Rank this Week: 3811

Socially Aware Blog

Socially Aware Blog

Covers the law and business of social media. By Morrison Foerster.

http://www.sociallyawareblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3707

OC Patent Lawyer

OC Patent Lawyer

Provides basic patent information and case updates. By James Yang.

http://ocpatentlawyer.com
  • May 22

    Abusive tactics backfires with potential attorney fees award

    Abusive tactics backfires with potential attorney fees award
    Bottom line: The standard for awarding attorney fees was lowered back in 2014 by the Supreme Court in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. (2014).  (Click here for the Highmark case). Before 2014, obtaining an…
  • May 18

    Patent Drafting Tip: Alternative embodiments create prior art

    Patent Drafting Tip: Alternative embodiments create prior art
    Bottom line: An application for patent generally focuses on the preferred embodiments of the invention but it may be prudent to also include alternative non-preferred embodiments. One reason for including these alternative embodiments is to…
  • Apr 30

    Patent drafting tip: be noncommittal in the specification

    Patent drafting tip: be noncommittal in the specification
    Bottom line: Characterizing the invention as “may be” having a particular feature is generally effective in maintaining the breadth of a claim. By being noncommittal, the courts are less likely to import those particular features…
Rank this Week: 4199

The Brand Protection Blog

The Brand Protection Blog

Covers developments and trends in all areas of the law that impact brands, including the creation, promotion and protection of branded products and services. By Norton Rose Fulbright.

http://www.thebrandprotectionblog.com
  • May 22

    The EMV “Liability Shift” to occur October 1, 2015

    The EMV “Liability Shift” to occur October 1, 2015
    Counterfeit credit cards are a significant problem in the U.S. In fact, almost half of the credit card fraud in the world occurs in the U.S. A post on the Data Protection Report provided background on EMV technology and described the…
  • May 13

    Lawsuit accuses MillerCoors of falsely advertising Blue Moon as a “Craft” beer

    Lawsuit accuses MillerCoors of falsely advertising Blue Moon as a “Craft” beer
    A proposed class action lawsuit filed in San Diego County (California) Superior Court accuses MillerCoors LLC of engaging in deceptive and misleading advertising and violating California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act by describing…
  • May 7

    Alamo trademark settlement creates uncertainty for Texas businesse

    Alamo trademark settlement creates uncertainty for Texas businesse
    A recent consent order confirms that, as the owner of the Alamo, the state of Texas also owns the mission’s image and can restrict others from using its distinctive silhouette to sell commercial products. On April…
Rank this Week: 1862

Statute of RyAnne

Statute of RyAnne

An entertainment and intellectual property blog.

http://www.statuteofryanne.com
  • May 22

    Should Radio Broadcasters Pay a Performance Tax?

    Should Radio Broadcasters Pay a Performance Tax?
    I have been on a “vision quest” the past three months. A quest for knowledge. A quest for lessening the tension created in my mind over three things I love dearly – the Copyright Act, broadcasting and music. This past…
  • May 15

    Copyright Basics in a Video Short

    Copyright Basics in a Video Short
    YouTube is really great.  It has the ability to succinctly educate on all kinds of topics using the medium of film, which you know I love.  Because some of us do not learn by words, I am constantly on the hunt for great video…
  • May 8

    Do Meerkat and Periscope Apps Commit Copyright Infringement?

    Do Meerkat and Periscope Apps Commit Copyright Infringement?
    Did live streaming app providers like Periscope and Meerkat infringe on copyright law when each streamed this past week’s Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao live boxing event? Does the answer change if the event is not live, but say…
Rank this Week: 2028

Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC…

Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC Blog

Trademark, brand and social media news, analysis and tips.

http://www.erikpelton.com/resources/
  • May 22

    Recent Client Trademark Registrations LXXVIII

    Recent Client Trademark Registrations LXXVIII
    Here is another update of recent Erik M. Pelton & Associates client registrations obtained from the public records so readers can see real  examples of brands and marks which are being protected – and the wide range of…
  • May 20

    Trademark Guide to the final Late Show with David @Letterman

    Trademark Guide to the final Late Show with David @Letterman
    Tonight is the final show in the long running Late Show with David Letterman. As a teenager and young adult, I was a big fan of Dave’s humor. Years, later, watching my good friend and comedian Jon Fisch do  stand up on the show was…
  • May 20

    Webinar this Friday – TTAB: Practical Guidance on Strategy and Tactic

    Webinar this Friday – TTAB: Practical Guidance on Strategy and Tactic
    On this Friday, I will join Jonathan Hudis and Rebeccah Gan to present a webinar entitled USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board: Practical Guidance on Strategy and Tactics for Clear Law Institute.   The following description…
Rank this Week: 3035

Copyhype

Copyhype

Discusses copyright law for those in the content industries and the general public. By Terry Hart.

http://www.copyhype.com/
  • May 22

    Friday’s Endnotes – 05/22/15

    Friday’s Endnotes – 05/22/15
    Overdue legal recognition for African-American artists in ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright case — Sean O’Connor, Lateef Mtima, and Lita Rosario present an original take on the March 2015 jury verdict. “The older…
  • May 19

    Improving Licensing Should Not be Alarming

    Improving Licensing Should Not be Alarming
    The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a public meeting on April 1 to discuss how the federal government could facilitate the development of the online licensing environment for copyrighted works. Specifically, the USPTO was…
  • May 15

    Friday’s Endnotes – 05/15/15

    Friday’s Endnotes – 05/15/15
    At West Point, Shaping Future Warriors Through Plutarch and Shakespeare — Elizabeth Samet teaches literature to soldiers. “Lessons from literature, she said, can guide soldiers ‘to follow lawful orders and never surrender…
Rank this Week: 4578

New York Trademark Attorney Blog

New York Trademark Attorney Blog

Covers intellectual property law. By Nikki Siesel, Esq. of the Law Offices Of Joseph C. Messina.

http://www.newyorktrademarkattorneyblog.com/
  • May 21

    Precedential Board Decision Refusing To Consider Evidence Of Marketplace Usage

    Precedential Board Decision Refusing To Consider Evidence Of Marketplace Usage
    Hughes Furniture Industries, Inc. (“Applicant”) was seeking to register a stylized mark H HUGHES FURNITURE -MOTION EAZE RECLINERS for furniture. The application was refused and the Applicant appealed to the Trademark Trial and…
  • May 8

    SMART ONES Brand (Heinz) challenges SMART BALANCE At The TTAB

    SMART ONES Brand (Heinz) challenges SMART BALANCE At The TTAB
    H.J. Heinz Company and Promark Brands (collectively “Opposers”) commenced opposition proceedings against GFA Brands (the “Applicant”) attempting to block registration of the mark SMART BALANCE based on their…
  • Apr 26

    Recent TTAB Decision Involving Wine And Likelihood of Confusion

    Recent TTAB Decision Involving Wine And Likelihood of Confusion
    Kinney Family Vinters LLC doing business as Occasio Winery (“Applicant”) filed a trademark application for the mark APOTHEOSIS for various types of wine. E. & J. Gallo Winery (“Opposer”) filed a Notice of…
Rank this Week: 1581

ipwars.com

ipwars.com

Covers intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under. By Warwick Rothnie.

http://ipwars.com
  • May 21

    Project home appeal

    Project home appeal
    The Full Court has partially allowed Tamawood's appeal, and denied Habitare's appeal from Collier J's findings about copyright infringement.
  • May 13

    How much is that copyright in the power generation system

    How much is that copyright in the power generation system
    The Full Federal Court has allowed the Commissioner of Taxation’s appeal from Pagone J’s ruling allowing SPI Powernet a deduction for the value of its copyright in the plans, drawings and manuals for its electricity power…
  • May 6

    ACIP Final Designs Report

    ACIP Final Designs Report
    ACIP’s final report into its review of the Designs System has been published. The report is 70 pages (including annexes) – 43 pages for the report itself; and 23 recommendations. Key recommendations include: investigate joining…
Rank this Week: 4467

IP Litigation Law Blog

IP Litigation Law Blog

Covers contingent fee, alternative billing, copyright lawsuits and patent lawsuits. By Mann Law Group.

http://www.iplitigationblog.com/
  • May 21

    "When Dr. Leighton and Mr. Lewin patented their invention, they expected our legal system to protect their intellectual property."

    "When Dr. Leighton and Mr. Lewin patented their invention, they expected our legal system to protect their intellectual property."
    Heh, heh, heh...ho, ho, ho,...whatever lead them to believe THAT? The Federal Circuit, perhaps spurred on by the hysteria over "patent trolls," continues to systematically extract whatever worn down, yellowed and decaying teeth remain in the…
  • Dec 4

    Too big to what??

    Too big to what??
    You have heard about banks that are "too big to fail."  Well, we are about to find out if some law firms are too big to make mistakes.At least that is what Sidley & Austin is apparently hoping the Federal Circuit will conclude…
  • Jul 29

    IP Litigator Philip Mann Named to 2014 Washington Super Lawyers List

    IP Litigator Philip Mann Named to 2014 Washington Super Lawyers List
    IP Litigator Philip Mann Named to 2014 Washington Super Lawyers List Normally we don’t toot our own horn – but we are pleased and honored to announce that our founder Philip P. Mann was recognized in the 2014 Washington Super…
Rank this Week: 2606

IP Iustitia

IP Iustitia

Discusses news, cases, legislation and anything to do with Intellectual Property law.

http://www.ipiustitia.com
  • May 21

    The EU Single Digital Market - 16 Initiatives to Success?

    The EU Single Digital Market - 16 Initiatives to Success?
    As diligent readers of this blog have probably noted, the last 12 months have been vary favorable to those who are inclined to law reforms, especially in the field of copyright. This writer, for one, enjoys the rapid changes being introduced,…
  • May 8

    Retrospective - Geographical Indicators and Trademark

    Retrospective - Geographical Indicators and Trademark
    As many wine connoisseurs can clearly tell you, there is a vast amount of difference in the origin of a wine, be it from Southern France or Northern Italy, the specific region where the product is produced lends itself to create a nuanced…
  • Apr 30

    Pirates Uncovered - Dallas Buyers Club's Landmark Case in Australia

    Pirates Uncovered - Dallas Buyers Club's Landmark Case in Australia
    Piracy is considered by many in the entertainment industry to be the plight of the 21st century creative minds and pockets (and the pockets' of many shareholders, one would think). What ever your thoughts on copyright piracy, the topic…
Rank this Week: 2112

Anti-Generic Trademark

Anti-Generic Trademark

Covers strategic brand planning and foundation with commentary on trademark prosecution, trademark enforcement, making a brand famous, confronting online infringement and cybersquatting, and licensing a trademark. By Justin Clark.

http://www.antigenerictrademark.com
Rank this Week: 2544

Eastern District of Texas Federal…

Eastern District of Texas Federal Court Practice

Devoted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, with special emphasis on patent litigation. By Michael C. Smith.

http://mcsmith.blogs.com/eastern_district_of_texas/
  • May 20

    Law Office Management: Treadmill Desk

    Law Office Management: Treadmill Desk
    I've heard of being chained to your desk, but this is ridiculous. Yes, I have joined the ranks of those using not just standup desks, but a treadmill under my desk. As I dictate this, walking, I have a two-thirds...
  • May 20

    No More Stupid Pet Tricks - an Homage

    No More Stupid Pet Tricks - an Homage
    Many eyes will be turned to David Letterman tonight as he has his last show, ending a long, long run. I was just thinking this morning how much we'll miss his "Stupid Pet Tricks" segment, and in homage (see here...
  • May 20

    Typical EDTexweblog reader reaction

    Typical EDTexweblog reader reaction
    Mesmerized WTF? Bored. (Left to right). Courtesy of the Smith boys, circa 2005.
Rank this Week: 804

Director's Forum: David Kappos'…

Director's Forum: David Kappos' Public Blog

From the US Patent and Trademark Office.

http://www.uspto.gov/blog/director/
  • May 20

    USPTO Assistance for Independent Inventors and Small Businesse

    USPTO Assistance for Independent Inventors and Small Businesse
    Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee Helping small businesses and independent inventors with limited resources is an important goal of the USPTO, and supports the Obama…
  • May 19

    Redesigned and Updated Patents Dashboard

    Redesigned and Updated Patents Dashboard
    Guest blog by Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino In direct response to feedback we’ve received from the public, we have updated our online Patents Dashboard. The Patents Dashboard is one of several tools the USPTO makes available…
  • May 13

    Attend a Patent Public Advisory Committee Meeting

    Attend a Patent Public Advisory Committee Meeting
    Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee Input from the public is invaluable to us so we can best serve the needs of our innovation community.  To this end, our Patent…
Rank this Week: 4080

Awapatent IP blog

Awapatent IP blog

Covers intellectual property news.

http://www.awapatentipblog.com/
  • May 20

    Patents for protecting others from harm?

    Patents for protecting others from harm?
    Well that would be really nice, wouldn’t it? My daughter came home from school a few weeks ago and told me about one of her friends who had taken a bad fall on the playground and hit his head so badly he had to go to the emergency and…
  • May 13

    Will there be any difference in the oral hearings between the EPO and the UPC?

    Will there be any difference in the oral hearings between the EPO and the UPC?
    Anyone who has been attending an oral proceeding at the EPO, either as an observer or as an active party knows what it’s like. You need to think fast and stay on your toes, and watch your language because every issue, often starting…
  • May 6

    Spain’s actions against unitary patent protection dismissed

    Spain’s actions against unitary patent protection dismissed
    On May 5, a potential legal obstacle against the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court was removed when the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) dismissed two Spanish actions against the regulation of the unitary patent protection.…
Rank this Week: 4047

Steiger Legal

Steiger Legal

Swiss Blawg – mostly in German – on current legal topics, in particular related to IP/IT.

http://www.steigerlegal.ch/
  • May 20

    Apple mit drei Apple Watch-Marken im Markenregister

    Apple mit drei Apple Watch-Marken im Markenregister
    Apple hat für die neue Apple Watch verschiedene Marken in der Schweiz hinterlegt, darunter drei Bildmarken mit Umweg über Jamaika sowie Trinidad und Tobago. Inzwischen wurden diese drei Bildmarken, die jeweils das -Logo in…
  • May 19

    Samsung: Schutz für Jingle als europäische Hörmarke

    Samsung: Schutz für Jingle als europäische Hörmarke
    Markenschutz ist nicht nur für Bilder und/oder Wörter wie beispielsweise Logos möglich. Auch Jingles, Klänge, Melodien, Töne und andere akustische Zeichen können als Marken geschützt werden. Ein aktuelles…
  • May 11

    Kein Rückgaberecht ohne Rückgaberecht: Alles klar?

    Kein Rückgaberecht ohne Rückgaberecht: Alles klar?
    Die weltberühmten Luxemburgerli und andere leckere Spezialitäten der bekannten Confiserie Sprüngli in Zürich kann man auch online bestellen. Gemäss den allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen (AGB) ist die…
Rank this Week: 1844

pharmaundmarke.com

pharmaundmarke.com

The blog pharmaundmarke.com is dedicated to pharmaceutical trade marks. It is operated by highly specified lawyers and covers all relevant decisions of both European and German courts. Whilst the blog is currently in German only, the monthly newsletter and the annual magazine will include English summaries and abstracts.

http://www.pharmaundmarke.com
  • May 19

    Eubos = Epo

    Eubos = Epo
    Zwischen Waren der Klasse 3 und Waren mit medizinischer Zweckbestimmung in Klasse 5 kann bei funktionaler Austauschbarkeit eine durchschnittliche Warenähnlichkeit bestehen. Das führt bei ebenfalls durchschnittlicher…
  • May 14

    Confusion with INNs under German jurisdiction

    Confusion with INNs under German jurisdiction
    Particularly in the pharmaceutical sector it is common to form trade marks from descriptive terms, especially from international non-proprietary names (INNs). One advantage of such trade marks is the easier linkage for users to the…
  • Apr 18

    Menodoron = Menochron

    Menodoron = Menochron
    MENODORON und MENOCHRON sind verwechselbar ähnlich. Der allgemeine Verbraucher ist nicht in der Lage die Bedeutung des lateinischen Wortstamms MENO, des griechischen Wortstammes CHRON und zudem noch einen kennzeichnenden Hinweis von…
Rank this Week: 1968

BlogIP - Galvani Legal's Blo

BlogIP - Galvani Legal's Blo

Covers intellectual property law.

http://www.galvanilegal.com/blog
Rank this Week: 5003

Intellectual Property News

Intellectual Property News

By Mandour & Associates.

http://www.intellectualpropertynews.com/
  • May 19

    Amazon Patents Drone Delivery System

    Amazon Patents Drone Delivery System
    IPNews® - Amazon was recently awarded a patent related to aerial delivery of packages, meaning that drones may be delivering goods to our front door in the future. After being awarded the patent for a system for aerial delivery, Amazon…
  • May 13

    Apple Watch Appearance Awarded a Design Patent

    Apple Watch Appearance Awarded a Design Patent
    IPNews® - The Apple Watch has been awarded a design patent from the USPTO that protects all three models of the newest smart watch. Similar to design patents for its iPad and iPhone, the patent protects the general appearance including a…
  • May 8

    Kendall and Kylie Jenner to Trademark Their Name

    Kendall and Kylie Jenner to Trademark Their Name
    IPNews® - Kendall and Kylie Jenner filed a number of Trademark applications for their first and last names in relation to different categories including perfume, entertainment services, and apparel. Kendall and Kylie Jenner are following…
Rank this Week: 3748

MBBP's Good Company

MBBP's Good Company

Covers news, events and developments in business, intellectual property, employment law. By Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton.

http://blogmbbp.wordpress.com
  • May 19

    Upcoming Event at CIC – Cross-Atlantic Collaborations: Strategies and Tactic

    Upcoming Event at CIC – Cross-Atlantic Collaborations: Strategies and Tactic
    On Friday, June 5th MBBP will host an event at the Cambridge Innovation Center entitled “Cross-Atlantic Collaborations: Strategies and Tactics”. The panelists will discuss the creation and structuring…
  • May 19

    Employment Law Alert: Sick Time Law Update

    Employment Law Alert: Sick Time Law Update
    Recently, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced a transition policy under which employers who offer sufficient sick leave or paid time off to workers now have a six-month transition period in which to bring their…
  • May 4

    MBBP Clients Among BBJ’s Honorees – “Best Places to Work of 2015″

    MBBP Clients Among BBJ’s Honorees – “Best Places to Work of 2015″
    On Thursday, April 30th, the Boston Business Journal announced the 80 honorees for its annual Best Places to Work of 2015 program. This year’s employers were divided among five different categories based on company…
Rank this Week: 4904

Business Law Post

Business Law Post

Covers corporate law, securities law, intellectual property, and social entrepreneurship. By Arina Shulga.

http://www.businesslawpost.com
  • May 19

    Handshake Agreements: Still a Good Idea?

    Handshake Agreements: Still a Good Idea?
    I’ve seen this many times before: entrepreneurs enter into handshake agreements with others, trying to save on legal fees. Often, the counterparties are contractors, employees, investors, or co-founders. These entrepreneurs are not…
  • Jan 19

    How to Comply with New York Blue Sky Laws?

    How to Comply with New York Blue Sky Laws?
    As I previously explained here, Rule 506 private placements involve the filing of a Form D with the SEC as well as complying with blue sky notice filings requirements in each state where the investors participating in the offering reside.…
  • Jan 19

    The SEC Increases Focus On Digital Currencie

    The SEC Increases Focus On Digital Currencie
    It is clear that the SEC has been focusing on securities fraud involving digital currencies.  In July 2013, the SEC charged Trendon T. Shavers, the founder and operator of Bitcoin Savings and Trust, with defrauding investors in a…
Rank this Week: 4794

Coming of Edge

Coming of Edge

Discusses the legal hurdles facing startups and entrepreneurs including all intellectual property law topics. By Steven Buchwald.

http://comingofedge.com/
  • May 15

    The New York Bitlicense is coming: What you need to know

    The New York Bitlicense is coming: What you need to know
    As the final version of the New York BitLicense will roll out within the next 2 weeks, bitcoin startups are gearing up to enter the U.S. market. The post The New York Bitlicense is coming: What you need to know appeared first on .
  • May 12

    What Makes a Brand a Good Trademark?

    What Makes a Brand a Good Trademark?
    A suggestive trademark can be a salutary compromise between marketing and legal considerations. The post What Makes a Brand a Good Trademark? appeared first on .
  • Apr 30

    LLC., C Corp, S Corp: How to Pick a Business Structure

    LLC., C Corp, S Corp: How to Pick a Business Structure
    Few decisions are as important as choosing the right entity for your new startup. This post explores the factors that matter most when making this decision. The post LLC., C Corp, S Corp: How to Pick a Business Structure appeared first on .
Rank this Week: 1600

The Virginia Business Litigation…

The Virginia Business Litigation Blog

Covers news and updates in business litigation, IP, trademark, copyright law. By BerlikLaw, LLC.

http://www.virginiabusinesslitigationlawyer.com/
  • May 15

    One Racist Act May Be Enough to Support a Title VII Claim

    One Racist Act May Be Enough to Support a Title VII Claim
    Virginia employers take note: even one racial slur (or sexist comment) by one employee to another can subject you to legal liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII"), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-3(a). Title VII…
  • Apr 30

    Customer Lists and Pricing Information Aren't Necessarily Confidential

    Customer Lists and Pricing Information Aren't Necessarily Confidential
    When an employee has signed an enforceable non-competition and non-solicitation agreement, he will be prohibited from soliciting the employer's customers for a certain length of time after the employment relationship ends. In the absence of…
  • Apr 20

    Virginia's Subpoena Power Does Not Extend Beyond Its Border

    Virginia's Subpoena Power Does Not Extend Beyond Its Border
    Back in 2012, the Alexandria Circuit Court ruled in an Internet defamation case that discovery could be obtained from a nonresident third party by serving a subpoena on the company's registered agent in Virginia. That decision was reversed…
Rank this Week: 4442

LoTempio Law Blog

LoTempio Law Blog

Covers patents, trademarks and copyright news. By Vincent G. LoTempio.

http://www.lotempiolaw.com/
  • May 15

    Patent Home: The New LoTempio Youtube Page

    Patent Home: The New LoTempio Youtube Page
    So you have a question about Patent Law, but you’re not sure where to start. Patent Home, the newly refaced Vincent LoTempio YouTube page allows you to easily access the knowledge of an established patent attorney. Vincent has always…
  • Feb 4

    Biotechnology and the Independent Inventor: Experiment

    Biotechnology and the Independent Inventor: Experiment
    Guest Blogger: Patent Attorney David Stephenson This is the first part in a series discussing issues facing the independent inventor in the field of biotechnology. In the field of biotechnology, the USPTO often requires that a patent…
  • Jan 9

    A Graphic History of Patent Law

    A Graphic History of Patent Law
    We post a lot about modern patent law issues, but sometimes it helps to take a step back and look at the bigger picture of the origins of patent law and its long, rich history. Recently, the University of Southern California put together…
Rank this Week: 4826

Re:Marks on Copyright and…

Re:Marks on Copyright and Trademark

By DLA Piper.

http://www.remarksblog.com
Rank this Week: 3908

Docket Alarm Blog

Docket Alarm Blog

Features news and information on PTAB and IP cases worldwide.

https://www.docketalarm.com/blog/
  • May 14

    War of the Drones: Parrot to Pay $7.8M in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

    War of the Drones: Parrot to Pay $7.8M in Patent Infringement Lawsuit
    Last week, a Pennsylvania jury handed down one of the first patent infringement verdicts involving drones. Drone Technologies Inc. filed suit against France-based Parrot SA for infringement on two of their patents, U.S. Patents 7,584,071and…
  • May 5

    Online Background Check Services and API - the Cost Effective Way

    Online Background Check Services and API - the Cost Effective Way
    Professionals use Docket Alarm to conduct background checks on potential clients, partners, investments, and more. Docket Alarm can identify red flags, like past or pending federal litigation, involvement in bankruptcy proceedings, and even…
  • Apr 28

    New Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decisions, at Your Fingertip

    New Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decisions, at Your Fingertip
    Gone are the days of Google searching to see the latest Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions. Instead of searching for decisions, some new, some outdated, Docket Alarm makes it easy to view every new decision published by the PTAB…
Rank this Week: 1888

IP Law Tracker

IP Law Tracker

By Brooks Kushman.

http://www.iplawtracker.com/
  • May 14

    April Court Decision Round-Up

    April Court Decision Round-Up
    Note: Beginning this month, IP Law Tracker will highlight significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan and Western District…
  • May 1

    Brooks Kushman PC Attorneys Continue Valuable Work Through INTA Committee Project

    Brooks Kushman PC Attorneys Continue Valuable Work Through INTA Committee Project
    Beginning on Saturday, May 2, 2015, over 9,500 trademark professionals will attend the 37th International Trademark Association (“INTA”) Annual Meeting in San Diego. The INTA annual meeting is an opportunity for trademark counsel…
  • Apr 22

    Data Shows Spike In Patent Attorney Fee Motions And Awards After Octane

    Data Shows Spike In Patent Attorney Fee Motions And Awards After Octane
    Prior to last year’s Supreme Court decisions in Octane Fitness LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc, 134 S. Ct. 1749 (2014) and Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., 134 S. Ct. 1744 (2014), district courts awarded attorney fees…
Rank this Week: 1849

Information Technology Law Blog

Information Technology Law Blog

Covers social media, e-discovery, privacy, and intellectual property. By Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.

http://www.michiganitlaw.com/
  • May 14

    Crowdfunding 101

    Crowdfunding 101
    What is crowdfunding? Is it legal? Learn the response to these questions and much more in this short video clip: Tags: Crowdfunding, Venture Capital/Funding
  • May 3

    Will You Read My Script?

    Will You Read My Script?
    Practicing entertainment law, I am repeatedly asked to read different film scripts or book manuscripts. Sometimes I agree, but I always preface my review with a specific conversation. Here is my initial answer to the question, "Will you read…
  • Apr 20

    FAA’s Takedown Orders Don’t Fly: Do You Need to Take Down Your Drone Videos?

    FAA’s Takedown Orders Don’t Fly: Do You Need to Take Down Your Drone Videos?
    Unmanned aircraft systems - drones - are become increasingly popular and less expensive. From drone pilot hobbyists to online retailers, recreational and business use of drone technology is likely to increase over the coming years. The…
Rank this Week: 2891

patentability

patentability

Covers patents and intellectual property law. By Brian Fletcher.

http://www.patentabilityblog.com
  • May 14

    2015 Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees Honored at the Smithsonian

    2015 Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees Honored at the Smithsonian
    From the Commerce Department: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) inducted fourteen of America’s greatest innovators into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, May 12, 2015. Held at the…
  • Sep 12

    Acting Director Rea Announces Departure From the USPTO

    Acting Director Rea Announces Departure From the USPTO
    In a message to all USPTO employees sent on September 12, 2013, Deputy Director and Acting Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea announced her departure from the USPTO “in the near future.” The message implies that a new…
  • Sep 11

    USPTO to Host 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference

    USPTO to Host 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it will host its 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference on October 11-12, 2013, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Attendees will have an opportunity to…
Rank this Week: 4158

eMedia Law

eMedia Law

Covers internet marketing and online media. By Travis Crabtree.

http://www.emedialaw.com/
  • May 14

    Start-Ups and the Law on Unpaid Interns – Annual Repost

    Start-Ups and the Law on Unpaid Interns – Annual Repost
    It’s become an annual tradition to re-post this at this time of year. As my Gray Reed colleague Michael Kelsheimer explains in a prior post on his Texas Employer Handbook blog, you have to be careful…
  • May 8

    Does there need to be patent reform?

    Does there need to be patent reform?
    Regular readers know I am a fan of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  The show has done multiple segments relevant to our topics of discussion.  They recently did a segment on patent reform. The guys over at Mintz Levin’s…
  • Apr 30

    To Fire or Not to Fire for Employee’s Social Media Post

    To Fire or Not to Fire for Employee’s Social Media Post
    After watching the firing of the digital communications manager for the Houston Rockets during their run through the playoffs (read the story here in the Houston Chronicle).  I figured it would be a good time to revisit the issue of…
Rank this Week: 3995

eMedia Law insider

eMedia Law insider

Covers internet marketing and online media. By Looper Reeed.

http://www.emedialaw.com/
  • May 14

    Start-Ups and the Law on Unpaid Interns – Annual Repost

    Start-Ups and the Law on Unpaid Interns – Annual Repost
    It’s become an annual tradition to re-post this at this time of year. As my Gray Reed colleague Michael Kelsheimer explains in a prior post on his Texas Employer Handbook blog, you have to be careful…
  • May 8

    Does there need to be patent reform?

    Does there need to be patent reform?
    Regular readers know I am a fan of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  The show has done multiple segments relevant to our topics of discussion.  They recently did a segment on patent reform. The guys over at Mintz Levin’s…
  • Apr 30

    To Fire or Not to Fire for Employee’s Social Media Post

    To Fire or Not to Fire for Employee’s Social Media Post
    After watching the firing of the digital communications manager for the Houston Rockets during their run through the playoffs (read the story here in the Houston Chronicle).  I figured it would be a good time to revisit the issue of…
Rank this Week: 3643

Law and Disorder: Performing Arts…

Law and Disorder: Performing Arts Division

Answers questions about basic legal and business issues, concepts, trends, problems, and practices important to the arts and entertainment field. By Goldstein & Guilliams PLC.

http://musicalamerica.com/mablogs/?cat=872
  • May 13

    Advice For The Young and Restle

    Advice For The Young and Restle
    By Robyn Guilliams      GG Arts Law and GG International are in the process of hiring a new administrative assistant.  As I’ve been reviewing applications, I’m sad to say that I am shocked – shocked!…
  • Apr 29

    New O and P Visa Petition Form Effective May 1, 2015

    New O and P Visa Petition Form Effective May 1, 2015
    By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq. Dear Law and Disorder: Someone recently told me that there was a new form for U.S. visa petitions for artists. Is this true? If so, when do I have to start using it? Late last year, U.S. Citizenship and…
  • Apr 8

    Is It Still Illegal If I Don’t Get Caught?

    Is It Still Illegal If I Don’t Get Caught?
    By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: Our organization has engaged a foreign musician whose European agent is balking at the artist having to obtain an O-1 visa that we know he needs. We want to do this right, so…
Rank this Week: 3611