Patent Office Director Pledges Improvements to U.S. Patents
April 19, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung

Post By Kirk M. Hartung In a speech to the US Chamber of Commerce, the newly appointed head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu, expressed his concern over the current state of the U.S. patent system, and pledged to make improvements within the Patent Office to strengthen and increase predictability.  New laws, courts decisions, and negative commentary over the past several years has....... 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, 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

Protecting Concepts: The Best in Their Businesses Do Battle
April 05, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung

Post By Kirk M. Hartung Basketball superstar Lebron James has challenged perennial college football power Alabama over a sports talk show staged in a barbershop. During last year’s NBA finals, James’ multi-media business, Uninterrupted, premiered its show “The Shop” on ESPN featuring James and other professional players discussing basketball in a barbershop. Alabama recently promoted its show “Shop Talk,” ....... Read More

Japan Invests in Astronautical Start-ups
March 28, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson

Post By Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson Michael Sheetz of CNBC reports “Japan is offering $940 million to fund space start-ups in a new push to grow the industry, the government announced Tuesday at an event in Tokyo” and that “funds will be made available through investments and loans over the next five years, as part of a government-led initiative to double Japan's more than $11 billion space industry. With....... Read More

Amazon Develops Drones that React to Human Gestures
March 28, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson

Post By Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson The technology of U.S. Patent No. 9,921,579, which issued on March 20, 2018, may help Amazon grapple with how flying robots might interact with human bystanders and customers waiting on their doorsteps. Apple engineer Frederik Schaffalitzky (formerly an engineer for Amazon) is the sole inventor responsible for these recent technological innovations. While, the parent pa....... Read More

SCOTUS to Examine Extraterritorial Infringement Liability and Damages
March 27, 2018

Post By Caitlin M Andersen As a follow up to the MVS Briefs Article, “Extraterritorial Infringement Liability,” authored by Heidi S. Nebel, this blog post examines the briefing in the Western Geco LLC v. ION Geophsycial Corp. case set for oral argument before the United States Supreme Court on April 16, 2018. The question presented to the Court is “[w]hether the court of appeals erred in holding that lost ....... Read More

Patentability and Patent Protection: Is the Pendulum Starting to Swing Back?
March 23, 2018
Post by Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.

Post By Oliver Couture The latest US Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center’s International IP Index still places the US on top overall for intellectual property. However, this is due to strength in enforcement of copyrights and trademarks, and improvements in identifying counterfeit goods before they enter the country. According the to Index, the US has dropped to 12th place out of 50 economi....... Read More

Patent Proposals in Congress
March 21, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung

Post By Kirk M. Hartung Since the creation of patent reviews at the Patent Office Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) by the America Invents Act of 2011, a very high percentage of reviewed patents have been declared invalid. Now, a bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives which could change these statistics. The bill also could revive issuance of injunctions against adjudicated infringers, which ....... Read More

Inventor of Long-Range Air Communications with Conformal Antennas Inducted into Hall of Fame
March 19, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson

Post By Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson Howard S. Jones, Jr. has been posthumously honored as a 2018 inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his innovative work in developing conformal antennas.  This invention has been crucial for the development of  enhanced capabilities for spacecraft, rockets and other aeronautical technologies. March 1, 2018 marked the 41st anniversary of th....... Read More

A New Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) is Available / So is A Revised Chapter 2000 For Duty of Disclosure
March 15, 2018
Post by Xiaohong Liu, Ph.D.

Post By Xiaohong Liu A New Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), the ninth edition, Revision 08.2017, was made electronically available on January 25, 2018 According to the PTO bulletin for the new MPEP, the revision includes changes to chapters 200, 700-1000, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1800, 2000-2300, 2500, and 2700. Each section that has been substantively revised has an indicator, for example [R-08.201....... Read More

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