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USPTO Introduces New Tool to Help Creators Identify Their Intellectual Property

By Luke T. Mohrhauser

This is from a Press Release that was issued yesterday by the USPTO. Yesterday at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) event in Naples, Florida, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Kathi Vidal announced the launch of the agency’s new […]

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2022 U.S. Patent Filings Statistics

By Kirk M. Hartung

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office received 646,855 patent applications in fiscal 2022 (October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022), according to preliminary data from the USPTO. This is a slight decrease over filings in 2021. These filings include 589,155 utility applications, 54,476 design applications, and 918 plant applications. In addition, 147,339 provisional applications were filed […]

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IP is Everywhere!!!

By Luke T. Mohrhauser

We attend a lot of conferences and other events, and it is not uncommon to hear someone tell us, “Your job seems exciting, but we just don’t have any IP.” So, let’s step back. What is Intellectual Property (“IP”)? Isn’t it just Patents? No! There is so much more, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, […]

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Will non-competes be a thing of the past?

By Jill N. Link, Pharm.D.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is starting 2023 off with a bang by publishing a Notice of Proposed Rule-making (available here) that propose a Non-Compete Clause Rule. The topic is causing a buzz in the employment law sector. It should also be closely monitored through the intellectual property law sector.  Many – including myself […]

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Staccato Cherry U.S. Plant Patent Invalidated

By Brian D. Keppler, Ph.D.

On December 30, 2022, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Washington granted a motion for summary judgment seeking to invalidate U.S. Plant Patent No. 20,551, covering a variety of cherry known as Staccato. Staccato is a sweet cherry variety developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The Canadian government, the owner and assignee of […]

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AI in Healthcare: What You Need to Know About the FDA’s Regulatory Role

By Cassie J. Edgar

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is increasingly being used in the healthcare field, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays a crucial role in regulating these applications. Below, we examine the different ways that the FDA regulates AI technology in healthcare and look at some of the challenges and opportunities presented by this rapidly […]

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U.S. Copyright, Patent and Trademark Offices to Conduct Publicly Available Roundtable Discussions Regarding NFTs in January 2023

By Gregory Lars Gunnerson

NFTs represent unique and individualized digital identifiers that cannot be copied, substituted, or subdivided, unlike cryptocurrencies. Both technologies are built and reside on blockchain technology. Both NFTs and cryptocurrencies have a complicated relationship with the patent, trademark, and copyright systems. For example, U.S. copyright laws do not automatically give an NFT owner any rights in […]

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Patent Fees for Small and Micro Entities Reduced

By Cassie J. Edgar

Small and micro businesses can now take advantage of lower patent fees thanks to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 and the Unleashing American Innovators Act of 2022. These new laws were recently signed into law by President Biden and aim to support small and micro entities by increasing small entity discounts from 50% to 60% […]

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Thank You for a Great Year

By Richard Marsolais

As we close out 2022 and look forward to 2023, we would like to share some of the highlights of MVS over the past year. With video becoming a more important part of business communications, MVS embarked on the creation and completion of several videos that included a firm overview, attorney spotlight videos for Luke […]

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Patent Owners Beware of Prior Adjudication Involving Related Patents

By Joseph M. Hallman

When patent claims are construed and interpreted in an adjudicative proceeding, such as patent infringement litigation in federal court or in an adjudicative proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”), a preclusive effect can arise which can affect the validity of claims of related patents. For example, on December 8, 2022, in Google […]

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