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Peace of Mind for Trademark Rebranding

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Whether you are a start-up or a Fortune 500 company, rebranding a business or product can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be. While there is always going to be risk involved when undertaking a rebranding or choosing a name, there are some small steps that you can take […]

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink and the Brain-Machine Interface Patent Landscape

Neuralink is a brain-machine interface (BMI) company purchased in 2016 by Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, Space X and Hyperloop. The company is developing an “ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interface”, essentially a network of tiny electrodes linked to a user’s brain that allows the user to communicate wirelessly with the world. The company envisions that […]

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Sycamore Brewing versus Stone Brewing Over “Keep it Juicy” Phrase on Packaging

By Ashley E. Holland

Stone Brewing might have to change its marketing and packaging around its popular Hazy IPA beer. On April 21, The District Court for the Western District of North Carolina granted Sycamore Brewing’s request for Stone Brewing to stop using the phrase “keep it juicy” on their boxes of Hazy IPA beer. This case centered on […]

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USPTO Continues Transition to Filing Patent Applications in DOCX

By Luke T. Mohrhauser

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues the push towards requiring all patent applications to be filed in DOCX format, instead of PDF, which is currently the case. Applicants would be able to still file in PDF format, but with an extra surcharge fee. As you recall, this was intended to go into […]

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MVS Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day 2022

By Richard Marsolais

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC is excited to support World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2022. This day celebrates the role intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity and the many inspiring inventors and creators around the world who are working to provide for a better tomorrow. The theme for this year’s […]

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It Is Our Duty to Protect the Patent System. Here’s How We Can.

By Heidi Sease Nebel

This article was first published in AUTM Insight. As an attorney in private practice, time is money – quite literally. The billable hour looms over every business day. With that in mind, people often ask me why I choose to volunteer my time and serve for organizations such as AUTM, the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) […]

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Get out and Support Technology Transfer and the USICA!

By Heidi Sease Nebel

Research that is conducted at our many Universities has changed the lives of us all with valuable scientific advances that translate into commercial products. Public sector research has lead to ground breaking new technology such as gene editing, as well as cutting-edge mRNA Covid-19 vaccines. Other commercial products such as high-definition televisions, Google’s search algorithm, […]

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Federal Circuit Identifies Questions For Evaluating New Claims In IPR proceedings

By Joseph M. Hallman

On March 24, 2022, in Hunting Titan, Inc. v. DynaEnergetics Europe GmbH, the  Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“PTAB”) decision finding the claims of the US Patent No. 9,581,422 (“the ‘422 patent”) to be unpatentable as anticipated. The Federal Circuit also affirmed the decision […]

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New Head for U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Confirmed by Senate

By Kirk M. Hartung

On April 5, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed Kathy Vidal as the new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the US Patent & Trademark Office. The position had been vacant for over a year following President Biden taking office, though Drew Hirshfeld had been informally fulfilling the duties of the director. […]

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COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program Extended

By Brian D. Keppler, Ph.D.

The USPTO recently announced on March 25, 2022 that the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program has been extended for a third time. Requests for prioritized examination filed in qualifying patent applications will now be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2022. The pilot program began accepting requests on July 13, 2020 and was initially limited […]

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