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USPTO and WIPO to Pool Re…

USPTO and WIPO to Pool Resources for Standards-Essential Patent Disputes

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have announced that they will collaborate to improve efficiency in resolving disputes related to standard-essential patents (SEPs). As the USPTO explai… Read More
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Senator Introduces Bill to Overrule Supreme Court Patent Decisions

The office of Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), the Ranking Member of the Senate Intellectual Property Subcommittee, has released a first draft of the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act, which would overrule the US Supreme Court’s patent eligibility deci… Read More
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CHIPS and Science Act Spurs Semiconductor Investments

The US Senate voted 64 to 33 in favor of passing the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act. Parallel legislation passed in the House of Representatives on the same day and the bill was sent to the White House f… Read More
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Can you own the word “the”?

Can you own the trademark for a basic word like “the”? In some cases, yes. The Ohio State University (OSU) has received a trademark registration for THE in connection with clothing, namely T-shirts, baseball caps and hats. As CNN reported, OSU wo… Read More
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Categories: Trademarks
Bored Apes, NFTs, and Cop…

Bored Apes, NFTs, and Copyright

As we’ve explained before, a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) isn’t a form of intellectual property. It’s not like a copyright, patent, or trademark. It’s closest to a form of receipt for a “unique” digital file. However, NFTs, since they involve… Read More
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Categories: Copyright
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How Wimbledon Trademarked its Colors

As the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) explains, A trademark can be any word, phrase, symbol, design, or a combination of these things that identifies your goods or services. Although most people think of trademarks as things like words (Coca-… Read More
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Patent Office Issues Interim Guidance on Discretionary Denials

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued new, binding interim guidance on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’s) discretionary denials of PTAB petitions. As the memo notes, Congress designed the America Invents Act (AIA) post-g… Read More
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Patent Office Announces Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced a Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program to expedite examination of certain kinds of climate-related inventions. According to the USPTO, The Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program is designed… Read More
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Article Authorship Isn’…

Article Authorship Isn’t Inventorship but Can Show Patent Contribution

The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision involving a determination of inventive contribution to several patents. In Google LLC v. IPA Technologies Inc., Google appealed three inter partes review (“… Read More
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Intellectual Property and New Technologies are Driving M&As

According to the European Patent Office, IP-intensive industries made up 42% of all economic activity in the European Union in 2017–which amounts to about €5.7 trillion a year. Making sure that IP can be used to sell a business is an important pa… Read More
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