Federal Circuit clarifies rules regarding patent term adjustment

By Joseph M. Hallman

Last month, in Sawstop Holding LLC v. Vidal, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) affirmed two decisions by the District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia regarding patent term adjustment (“PTA”) for two patents owned by Sawstop Holding LLC (“Sawstop”). In both decisions the District Court granted summary judgement in […]

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Genetically Modified Purple Tomatoes

By Brian D. Keppler, Ph.D.

Purple tomatoes developed by Norfolk Plant Sciences in the UK may be coming to grocery stores in the not too distant future. Last month, USDA APHIS announced that, from a plant pest risk perspective, the purple tomato may be safely grown and used in breeding in the US. The purple color of the tomato is […]

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Who Owns the Copyright in A Tattoo?


17 U.S.C § 201. Ownership of a Copyright. (a) Initial Ownership. — Copyright in a work protected under this title vests initially in the author or authors of the work. The authors of a joint work are coowners of copyright in the work. The ownership of the copyright in a tattoo has long been the […]

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Major Overhaul to the USPTO’s Public Patent Searching Tools

By Gregory Lars Gunnerson

On September 30, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) new Patent Public Search tool (PPUBS) replaced four legacy tools—Public-Examiner’s Automated Search Tool (PubEAST), Public-Web-based Examiner’s Search Tool (PubWEST), Patent Full-Text and Image Database (PatFT), and Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (AppFT). Patent Public Search provides more convenient, remote, and robust full-text searching of all […]

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Mochi Muffins and the Need to Develop Value-Conscious, Emotionally-Intelligent Trademark Portfolios

By Sarah M.D. Luth

After much controversy, a Bay Area bakery has recently voluntarily surrendered its trademark for “mochi muffin.” Third Culture bakery, the self-declared “home of the mochi muffin” came under fire in June after the San Francisco Chronicle published an article accusing the bakery owners of obtaining a trademark for a “common term” and subsequently sending cease-and-desist letters to other businesses […]

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New Organization Created to Promote Strong IP Rights

By Kirk M. Hartung

The Council for Innovation Promotion was launched on September 22 as a bipartisan coalition to promote strong and effective intellectual property rights. The organization was formed by a team of leaders in intellectual property: Frank Cullen, former V.P of U.S. Policy, Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center; Andrei Iancu, former Under Secretary of Commerce […]

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