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10 Data Privacy and Security Practices Your Business Should Adopt
June 24, 2019
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut Data privacy and cybersecurity practices are becoming increasingly important in view of new legislation, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as well as the increasing sophistication of hackers and bad actors. Between 2000 and 2017, cybercrime and breaches of privacy impacted more than 4 million individuals. Cybercrime and br....... Read More


How to Prevent Theft of Your Corporate Intellectual Property in the Era of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
April 30, 2019
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut Intellectual property (IP) theft of corporate intellectual property can have significant ramifications for businesses and other entities. Corporate IP includes a variety of assets, such as patented technologies, trade secrets, copyrighted information and marketing materials, marketing and pricing plans, customer and partner data, and business reputation. IP assets play a valuable role....... Read More


Burger King Ribs McDonald’s After Loss of ‘Big Mac’ Trademark in the E.U.
March 01, 2019
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut In mid-January of 2019, McDonald’s lost its rights to the trademark ‘Big Mac’ in a European case which ruled in favor of an Irish fast food chain, Supermac’s. Supermac’s, founded in 1978 by Gaelic football player Pat McDonagh, offers a burger called the ‘Mighty Mac’. McDonald’s asserted that the ‘Mighty Mac’, along with other Supermac’s offerings, created confusion among consumers. In....... Read More


Oh Na Na What’s My Name?: Rihanna Sues Father for Trademark Misuse of “Fenty” Surname
January 21, 2019
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut Robyn Rihanna Fenty (“Rihanna”) has filed a lawsuit against her father, Ronald Fenty, over the use of the name “Fenty.” Ronald Fenty uses the family surname in his company Fenty Entertainment, a company which recruits artistic talent and also develops television programs, motion pictures, and record producing. Over the last several years Rihanna has developed her label via Fenty cosme....... Read More


Ground Control to Robot Tom: Will U.S. Aerospace Corporations Move Into Unmanned Aerial Systems Innovation?
September 28, 2018
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut Earlier this month the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing regarding the emergence of new aerospace technologies—particularly Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) — and how they can be incorporated into existing airspace systems. As unmanned aerospace innovation grows, regulatory agencie....... Read More


CRISPR Technologies: Overcoming Patentability Challenges in an Increasingly Difficult Patent Landscape
July 05, 2018
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut The term “CRISPR,” which is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, generally refers to RNA-guided genome editing technology used to engineer the genetic material of organisms with high accuracy and precision. It has wide applications in a variety of fields including genetics, biology, agriculture, medicine, and digital data storage, to name a few. Mo....... Read More


Patent Eligibility of Bioinformatics Innovations
June 09, 2018
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut Bioinformatics has increasingly become of interest in the last decade. Bioinformatics generally refers to the use of computational methods used to compile, analyze, visualize effects, and predict trends or outcomes for oftentimes large data sets. Bioinformatics tools can be applied to gene regulation, immunology, drug repositioning, drug identification, and virtually any other applica....... Read More


All's Fair in Love and Litigation: The Intellectual Property War of Bumble and Tinder
April 11, 2018
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut Last month Match Group, which owns Tinder (as well as OkCupid, Match.com and Plenty of Fish) filed suit against Bumble alleging patent infringement, trademark infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets. See Match Group, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Bumble Trading Inc., Defendant, 2018 WL 1371453 (W.D.Tex.). Match Group argues that Whitney Wolfe-Herd, a co-founder of Tinder, left Tinder....... Read More


The Future of GMOs in the UK Post-Brexit
February 15, 2018
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut Following the United Kingdom triggering its formal exit from the European Union, negotiations regarding the details of the exit and the following transition period have begun. As one could expect, this negotiation process has brought to light underlying tensions between the UK and the EU. These tensions recently reached a peak when earlier this month the EU's negotiator warned t....... Read More


Determining a "Joint Enterprise" in the Wake of Akamai's Divided Infringement Standards
December 21, 2017
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut On December 19, 2017, the Federal Circuit released an opinion in Travel Sentry, Inc. v. Tropp, clarifying further the requirements for satisfying divided infringement, i.e. infringement involving multiple actors carrying out the claimed steps of a method patent where no single accused infringer has performed all the steps. The opinion stems from a series of cases between Travel Sentry ....... Read More


Patenting Abstract Ideas: Technology, Turnstiles, and Transformation
October 19, 2017
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Blog Staff On October 18, the Federal Circuit again examined the existing bounds of the patentability of abstract ideas. InSmart Systems Innovations (SSI) v. Chicago Transit Authority, the Federal Circuit determined that SSI’s four patents claimed an abstract idea and were invalid. SSI’s patents were directed to a fare collection system for mass transit (e.g. bus, train, etc.). Instead of using a p....... Read More


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