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AIAA Presents 2017 Daniel Guggenheim Medal to Inventor Paul M. Bevilaqua
July 18, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) chose to honor Paul M. Bevilaqua by presenting him with the 2017 Daniel Guggenheim Medal. The Daniel Guggenheim Medal was established in 1929 for the purpose of honoring persons who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics. The Medal is jointly sponsored by the AIAA, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society o.......
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The "Sweet and Musky" Smell of Play-Doh: Hasbro Awarded Non-Traditional Trademark
July 13, 2018
Post by Nicholas J. Krob
When you think of trademarks, what comes to mind? Is it golden arches atop a fast food restaurant? Perhaps the image of a partially-eaten apple emblazoned on the back of a phone or computer? Or maybe it’s the scent of sweet, slightly musky, vanilla fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, combined with the smell of a salted, wheat-based dough? If one of those seems unlike the others to you, you’re not.......
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Federal Circuit Addresses Patentability in Terms of Non-Statutory Subject Matter
July 13, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
On June 20, 2018, in In re Wang, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held that patent application claims describing a phonetic symbol system were not patentable because it was directed to non-statutory subject matter. Patentable subject matter is laid out in 35 U.S.C. § 101, which states that patentable inventions must be a “process, machine, manufacture, or composition of m.......
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CRISPR Technologies: Overcoming Patentability Challenges in an Increasingly Difficult Patent Landscape
July 05, 2018
Post by Sarah M. 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. More specifically, CRI.......
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Patent Owners can Recover for Lost Foreign Profits
July 03, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
On June 22, 2018, in WesternGeco, LLC v. ION Geophysical Corporation, the Supreme Court held that patent owners can recover for lost foreign profits based on 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(2). The statute states that “[W]however without authority supplies or causes to be supplied in or from the United States any component of a patented invention ... intending that such component will be combined outside of the Unite.......
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Inter Partes Review Proceedings (IPRs) Survive First Constitutional Challenge, But Court Opinion Opens Door to Further Challenges
July 02, 2018
Post by Jonathan L. Kennedy
On April 24, 2018, I had posted regarding the U.S. Supreme Court being held in a 7-2 decision (Justice Gorsuch and Chief Justice Roberts dissenting),Oil States Energy Servs. v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, that the Inter Partes Review proceedings, commonly referred to as IPRs, do not violate Article III or the Seventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Court was deciding two primary constitutional ch.......
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Copyright Office Proposes New Fee Schedule
June 28, 2018
Post by Brandon W. Clark
The Copyright Office recently announced a new proposed fee schedule that would increase the majority of fees associated with filings at the Copyright Office. The proposal comes after an extensive assessment performed by consultants Booz Allen Hamilton. The proposed fee increase would help the Copyright Office offset regular costs, while also providing the Copyright Office additional resources to moderniz.......
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Farm Bill Amendments to Enable CBD Oil and Hemp Industry
June 28, 2018
Post by Cassie J. Edgar
On June 27th, the Senate published the latest version of amendments to the Farm Bill which contain updates to the regulatory framework for hemp and derived products including CBD (cannabidiol) oil. Cannabidiol oil has documented health benefits such as effectiveness in treating certain types of seizures, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services holds a patent to the use of  cannabinoids .......
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ZERO-ing in on the Right Legal Test for Genericness
June 27, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
In Royal Crown Co. v. The Coca-Cola Co., the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) vacated a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) dismissing Royal Crown’s opposition to the registration of Coca-Cola’s trademarks for soft drinks and sports drinks with the term ZERO. The CAFC concluded that the TTAB used the wrong legal test to determine whether ZERO is generic, o.......
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Is your Confidential Sale Prior Art Against You? The Supreme Court has Decided to Weigh In.
June 26, 2018
Post by Patricia A. Sweeney - Of Counsel
You have a new idea and have found an interested buyer. If you sell your product or process to the buyer prior to filing a patent application, have you created your own prior art? If it is prior art, it would bar a later filed patent under 35 USC §102. Prior to the change in patent law that moved from first to invent to first to file for a patent application, such a sale would be a bar to patenting. Howe.......
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