Palm Restaurant Dispute Leads to Big Monetary Damages
November 27, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
A lawsuit filed in New York State court in 2012 on behalf of minority shareholders of the famous Palm Restaurant has a recent court decision awarding over $71 million to the plaintiffs against defendants for breach of fiduciary duty. This dispute among family members is premised upon 54 undervalued intellectual property licenses and a reasonable royalty for use of the trademarks and trade dress. The Pa.......
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Coffee by Drone Delivery
November 15, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
The use of drones in various business applications is becoming common. For example, drones with cameras are used to inspect farm crops, to search natural disaster areas, to provide news coverage,  and to make Hollywood films.  Historical business are being reinvented and new businesses are being developed by the use of these unmanned aerial vehicles. Drones will soon be part of our daily lives........
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Autel Robotics Co. Escalates Dispute with Largest Manufacturer of Hobbyist and Commercial Drones, SZ DJI Technology Co. (of China)
November 14, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson
SZ DJI Technology Co. could lose access to the U.S. market in a patent-infringement lawsuit with Autel Robotics Co. where Autel asserts SZ DJI infringes U.S. Patent Nos.7,979,174 and 9,260,184, which cover rotor attachment and speed changes, and SZ DJI asserts Autel infringes at least U.S. Patent Nos.9,016,617; 9,284,049; 9,321,530; D691,514;9,284,040 and 9,592,744, which cover things like dr.......
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PTAB Makes Broadest Interpretation on Estoppel in IPRs
November 12, 2018
Post by Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.
Drafting post grant proceeding petitions needs to be done carefully due to their limited space. Last week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) further increased the pressure to use the limited number of words effectively when Kingston Technology Company, Inc. v. Spex Technologies, Inc. (Case IPR2018-01002) was entered. Kingston, the petitioner, attempted to file a second IPR based on different groun.......
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Toe Caps, Stripes, and Bumpers: Federal Circuit Revives Converse Sneaker Dispute
November 07, 2018
Post by Nicholas J. Krob
While Christian Louboutin has shown that trademark rights may extend to colors used on a shoe, can the design of a shoe itself also be protected? As the Federal Circuit made clear last week, the answer is yes. For years, sneaker giant Converse, Inc. has sought to protect its brand by claiming trademark rights in its famous Chuck Taylor sneaker. To this end, Converse filed a federal trademark application .......
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It's Better to Show that Claims Belong to an Unpredictable Art
October 28, 2018
Post by Xiaohong Liu, Ph.D.
A non-precedential opinion does not establish a new law, but usually offers good patent application drafting and prosecution tips. BASF CORPORATION v. ENTHONE, INC., came out from the Court of Appeal of the Federal Circuit (CAFC) last Friday, and reminded me of a good tip: include evidence in the record to show that the claims relate to an unpredictable art. In this case, BASF challenged the Patent Trial.......
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Protecting Your Nanotechnology Inventions - Part 3: Enabling Your Invention
October 17, 2018
Post by Jonathan L. Kennedy
In granting patent rights, i.e., the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, and importing, the government requires that the inventors educate the public as to their invention by adequately describing it and enabling it. Enablement is a question of whether the application contains sufficient information so as to enable one skilled in the art to make and use the claimed invention. Lack of ena.......
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Music Modernization Act Signed Into Law
October 11, 2018
Post by Brandon W. Clark
Earlier today, the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was signed into law. The MMA is a sweeping reform to music licensing and copyright related royalty payments and marks the first significant copyright legislation passed in decades. The House unanimously approved the bill in April followed by the Senate unanimously approving the legislation in September. The MMA then returned to the House for approval of th.......
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Ground Control to Robot Tom: Will U.S. Aerospace Corporations Move Into Unmanned Aerial Systems Innovation?
September 28, 2018
Post by Sarah M. 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 agencies correspondingly mu.......
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Patent Eligibility: Hope from the PTO Director
September 25, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
On Monday, September 24th, the Director of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu, stated in a speech to the Intellectual Property Owners Association that his agency is working on new guidelines that address the “mushed up” and “muddled” case law on patent eligibility under 35 USC 101. Once again, Iancu has acknowledged that the current status of eligibility is unclear and distorted and mus.......
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