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U.S. Supreme Court Limits Where Patent Infringement Defendants Can be Sued
May 22, 2017
Post by Jonathan L. Kennedy

Post By Jonathan L. Kennedy In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court limited the locations that patent infringement suits can be brought against a defendant, i.e., venue for the lawsuit.  Proper venue is established by 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) as the place where (1) the defendant resides or (2) where the defendant has committed the acts of infringement and has a regula....... Read More


The U.S. Patent Office Is Improving
May 17, 2017
Post by Kirk M. Hartung

The Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in remarks yesterday to the George Washington School of Law, noted numerous improvements and initiatives at the Patent Office to improve the patent process, such as: Time from filing to first action has decreased 43% in the past 5 years, from 28 months in 2011 to 16 months now. Time from filing to final office action/allowance has been reduced 26%,....... Read More


Prepping for Protection: First Steps to Developing an IP Strategy
May 16, 2017
Post by Caitlin M. Andersen

Post By Caitlin M Anderson Whether you are an individual, a start-up company, or an existing business, two of the hardest (and most important) questions are: “Do I have intellectual property?” and “How do I protect it?” First, having a qualified attorney will help make answering these questions significantly easier and they can help guide you through the development of an IP strategy that not only protects....... Read More


The Eagles Sue Hotel California
May 02, 2017
Post by Brandon W. Clark

Post By Brandon Clark On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair Warm smell of the courtroom, rising up through the air(sorry) Earlier this week, The Eagles sued a Mexico based hotel, aptly named Hotel California, alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition. The case, filed May 1, 2017, isEagles Ltd v Hotel California Baja LLC et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 17-03....... Read More


Federal Circuit Clarifies The Post-AIA On-Sale Bar
May 01, 2017
Post by Blog Staff

Post By Blog Staff Yesterday, in Helsinn v. Teva, the Federal Circuit added greater clarity to the restrictions the sale of inventions pose to patentability. Under 35 U.S.C. § 102, an invention cannot be patented if the claimed invention was on sale before the effective filing date of the claimed invention. In Helsinn, the Federal Circuit took steps to define exactly what is meant by “on sale.” Hel....... Read More


Let’s Go Crazy: Legal Battle Heats Up Over Unreleased Prince Recordings
April 24, 2017
Post by Nicholas J. Krob

Post By Nicholas Krob On the anniversary of Prince’s death, a battle is being waged over the late musician’s work. Last week, Prince’s estate sued a sound engineer who was planning to release a six-song EP containing previously unreleased Prince recordings.  The estate alleged that this engineer, George Ian Boxill, was in unlawful possession of the recordings and did not have authorization to release them or ....... Read More


Did You Know WIPO Could Do That?
April 20, 2017
Post by Jill N. Link, Pharm.D.

Patent Offices around the world – including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – are continually improving websites through enhanced user interfaces and also providing new tools. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is no exception. WIPO has long been a references for searching and downloading international applications, namely Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent applications. However, ....... Read More


Anticompetitive Practices or Protecting IP? 1-800 Contacts Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Keyword Advertising Agreements
April 13, 2017
Post by Nicholas J. Krob

Post By Nicholas Krob Contact lens company 1-800 Contacts is currently facing a class action lawsuit for agreements it allegedly entered into regarding online search advertising as early as 2004. Earlier this month, a class of consumers who had purchased contact lenses through the 1-800 Contacts website, including Florida resident Kathryn Champion, filed suit in federal court against the highly successful ....... Read More


Three Cheers for Copyrights: SCOTUS Establishes New Standard for Determining Separability
April 04, 2017
Post by Nicholas J. Krob

Post By Nicholas Krob On March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling aimed at resolving “widespread disagreement” over an important aspect of copyright law. Under U.S. copyright law, “original works of art” are capable of protection, whereas “useful articles” are not.  However, the distinction between works of art and useful articles can often be hazy, particularly when the two are both present in th....... Read More


A Blessing and A Curse: Plant Variety Protection Act Enforcement
March 30, 2017
Post by Caitlin M. Andersen

Post By Caitlin M Anderson The concept of protecting and enforcing intellectual property associated with plants is nothing new to the attorneys of McKee, Voorhees, and Sease. In 2001, Ed Sease successfully argued the landmark decision ofJ.E.M. Ag Supply v. Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l before the United States Supreme Court. In addressing the issue of whether plants could be protected under utility patent law, ....... Read More


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