“Now is the Time to Explore Big New Ideas:” Iowa Business Leaders Encourage Innovation, Resilience, in a Time of Uncertainty
May 14, 2020
Post by Sarah M. Luth

Post By Sarah Dickhut The COVID-19 pandemic created and continues to create unprecedented levels of economic disruption in local and international communities. With so much uncertainty, business owners and entrepreneurs may feel the safest course of action is to minimize operations and delay expansion plans. In fact, they should do precisely the opposite, says Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development....... Read More

PTAB Determines the “Publicly Available” Standard Varies Between Examiners and Third Party Challengers
April 16, 2020
Post by Sarah M. Luth

Post By Sarah Dickhut In a precedential decision issued December of 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) in Hulu, LLC. V. Sound View Innovations, LLC (IPR 2018-01039) considered what is required for a petitioner in an inter partes review (IPR) to show that an asserted reference qualifies as a “printed publication.” Petitioner Hulu argued that patentee Sound View’s patent was obvious over a ....... Read More

Amarin's Eicosapentaenoic Acid Patents All Found Invalid - Lessons on Obviousness
March 31, 2020
Post by Sarah M. Luth

Post By Sarah Dickhut Earlier this week the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada issued a decision in the case of Amarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., regarding the validity of six patents owned by Amarin Pharmaceuticals for the drug Vascepa. Amarin filed suit to prevent Hikma and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) from launching generic competitor drugs to Vascepa, and the....... Read More

"T" is for Tesla and Trademark
December 09, 2019
Post by Sarah M. Luth

Post By Sarah Dickhut Elon Musk recently revealed that his company “Tesla” was almost branded “Faraday.” On December 1, Musk tweeted “Tesla was almost called Faraday, as [the] original holder of Tesla Motors trademark refused to sell it to us!” When another Twitter user asked how Tesla eventually got the rights to the name, Musk responded “We sent the nicest person in the company to sit on his doorstep....... Read More

If You Pop, You Better Stop
October 18, 2019
Post by Sarah M. Luth

Post By Sarah Dickhut In the latest battle of branding, the Italian government has confiscated approximately 250 tubes of the “Prosecco & Pink Peppercorn” flavored Pringles from several grocery stores in the Veneto region. The Prosecco flavored Pringles were seized on the grounds that the use of the term “Prosecco” was allegedly not approved by the wine’s consortium of Italy. The name Prosecco has been....... Read More

"The" Ohio State Tries to Trademark the Word "THE"
August 15, 2019
Post by Sarah M. Luth

Post By Sarah Dickhut On August 8, 2019 The Ohio State University filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the word mark “THE” to be used in connection with clothing, namely “t-shirts, baseball caps and hats.” Unlike Ohio State’s other trademark applications, which cover the phrase “The Ohio State University” as a whole, the August 2019 application covers only....... Read More

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

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. Luth

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. Luth

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. Luth

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. Luth

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. Luth

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. Luth

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. Luth

Post By Sarah Dickhut Last month Match Group, which owns Tinder (as well as OkCupid, 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. Luth

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

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