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China’s Race to Become…

China’s Race to Become The World’s Leading IP Producer: A Forecast of Global Innovation

After consistently establishing itself as the country with the most patent applications in the world, China is well on its way to becoming an IP powerhouse—but what does this mean for the rest of the world? A little over a decade ago, China had a s… Read More
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Categories: Patents
What to do if someone cla…

What to do if someone claims you have an infringing picture on your website

What should you do if you get a scary letter on law firm letterhead claiming that a photo on your website or in your social media post infringes someone’s copyright and demanding thousands of dollars in damages? Your first step should be to call yo… Read More
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Categories: Copyright
Federal Circuit Discusses…

Federal Circuit Discusses “Motivation to Combine” in Medtronic Case

The Federal Circuit has addressed the weight the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) should give to the intended purpose of a primary reference when evaluating the motivation of a “Person of Ordinary Skill in the Art” (POSITA) to combin… Read More
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Federal Circuit Overturns Precedent in Dan Tana Restaurant Trademark Case

The Federal Circuit has overturned 50 years of precedent in a trademark case involving a famous West Hollywood restaurant. The case is Great Concepts, LLC v. Chutter, Inc. Great Concepts, LLC appealed the decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Bo… Read More
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Categories: Trademarks
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Supreme Court Hears “Trump Too Small” Trademark Case

The US Supreme Court will resolve a trademark dispute over an attempt to register the mark “Trump Too Small” for printing on shirts. Elster applied for the trademark in 2018. It was inspired by an exchange of insults at a 2016 Republican presiden… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized
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Mickey Mouse Enters the Public Domain

January 1 every year is celebrated by some as “public domain day.” Works first published in 1928 (and sound recordings from 1923) enter the public domain on this day. Works published earlier were already in the public domain. As the US Copyright… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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USPTO Director Vacates Food Slicer Holding

US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Kathi Vidal vacated and remanded a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) that found Weber, Inc. had shown by a preponderance of the evidence that certain claims of Provisur Techn… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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New York Times Sues OpenAI and Microsoft for Copyright Infringement

At the end of December, the New York Times sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, claiming that their generative AI (GAI or GenAI) tools were trained on articles published by the Times without its authorization. There have been similar… Read More
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Categories: Copyright
Federal Circuit Affirms M…

Federal Circuit Affirms Medtronic Failed to Prove Teleflex Claims Unpatentable

The Federal Circuit has affirmed a finding by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) that Medtronic failed to prove that challenged claims of a Teleflex catheter patent were unpatentable. The ’116 patent is directed to a method for using… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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Trader Joe’s Charges Crypto Platform with Trademark Infringement

Trader Joe’s has filed a lawsuit against a cryptocurrency platform called “Trader Joe,” claiming fraud, trademark infringement, and trademark dilution. The crypto site uses the URL https://traderjoexyz.com/avalanche and other domains that incor… Read More
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Categories: Patents