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What’s in a Name? Understanding the Federal Seed Act and USDA Variety Name Clearance Program

By Melissa M. Mitchell

The name of a plant variety is not just a label; it’s a representation of years of research,development, and distinct characteristics. Variety names serve as a crucial communication toolamong farmers, researchers, distributors, and consumers. Whether it’s a new soybean cultivarresistant to common diseases or a high-yield wheat variety, the name is the first point ofreference […]

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The Game-Changing Golf Bag Stand: A Catalyst for Business Deal Making

By Jacob S. Blackford

Did you know that the original patent for a golf bag stand was issued to inventor Talbert Dick in 1928? Talbert would go on to be the founder of the firm that today is known as McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC.  In the realm of business, where every handshake counts and every meeting holds potential […]

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Copyleft or Copyright: Exploring Copyright Protections of Memes

By Ashley E. Holland

Memes have been ubiquitous with internet culture for decades now. In the context of the internet, memes often take the form of images, videos, phrases, or concepts that are shared and remixed by users. They can be humorous, satirical, or convey a particular message or emotion. Memes often are best at communicating a shared experience […]

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Women in Law – MVS Leads the Way!

By Jill N. Link, Pharm.D.

March 8th is International Women’s Day. This day is meant to both celebrate women’s achievements while raising awareness about challenges faced by women and taking action to drive gender parity. At McKee Voorhees and Sease (MVS) we are always eager to recognize the achievements of women – the inventors and creators we proudly represent, the […]

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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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The Great Dichotomy: Patent Protection vs. Regulatory Approval

By Cassie J. Edgar

As a scientist in discovery mode, the primary focus is often on points of novelty and seeking patent protection for the invention.  The supporting data in the patent application serves as proof that this is a unique innovation, has never been seen before, and overcomes key challenges.  However, when the product is regulated, converse arguments […]

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Political Campaigns and Unauthorized Music

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As the 2020 presidential election approaches so does the opportunity for political candidates to end up in the headlines for using unauthorized music in their campaigns. In nearly every campaign cycle you hear about a recording artist or songwriter upset that a politician or campaign used the artist’s music without authorization. In fact, Tom Petty’s […]

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PTAB Determines the “Publicly Available” Standard Varies Between Examiners and Third Party Challengers

By Sarah M.D. Luth

In a precedential decision issued December of 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) in Hulu, LLC. V. Sound View Innovations, LLC (IPR 2018-01039) considered what is required for a petitioner in an inter partes review (IPR) to show that an asserted reference qualifies as a “printed publication.” Petitioner Hulu argued that patentee Sound View’s patent […]

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Court Rules Photographer Gave Up Exclusive Copyright Licensing Rights by Posting to Instagram

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In a controversial opinion, a New York federal court judge recently ruled that a professional photographer gave up exclusive licensing rights by posting a photo on Instagram. The photographer, Stephanie Sinclair, posted a photo on the popular social media site, Instagram. Later, the news site Mashable contacted Sinclair requesting to use the photo for a […]

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Patent Pooling and its Contribution to Collaborative IP Attempts at Targeting Patent Access

By Blog Staff

Growing concerns surrounding effective treatment options for combating Covid-19 has sparked global discussion involving the issue of access to innovations directed toward eradicating the novel virus. Recently, the Costa Rican government requested that the World Health Organization (WHO) create a voluntary patent pool to collect patent rights, regulatory test data, and other information to be […]

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