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USPTO launches IP Marketp…

USPTO launches IP Marketplace, Patents 4 Partnerships, Facilitating COVID-19 Innovation

The United States Patent Office (USPTO) has recently launched an intellectual property (IP) marketplace platform called Patents 4 Partnerships. This platform is intended to help bring together the patent holders of COVID-19 related inventions with po… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Multiple Color Package De…

Multiple Color Package Designs Can Be Distinctive and Trademarked

The Federal Circuit recently overturned the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s decision in In re Forney Industries, Inc., Case No. 2019-1073 (Fed. Cir. April 8, 2020), which had refused to grant trademark protection to a gradient of multip… Read More
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Categories: Trademarks
USPTO confirms AI cannot…

USPTO confirms AI cannot be listed as inventor in a patent application

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to be one of the most important innovations that powers many disruptive ventures and brings exciting changes to our legal system. AI is already influencing the way we work, travel, shop, and play. From autonomous… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Patent examination outcom…

Patent examination outcomes Post-Alice seem to improve after USPTO guidance

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court reached a unanimous decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International that altered the law on patent subject matter eligibility. Alice Corp., the patent owner, argued that its patent claims directed to a compu… Read More
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Categories: Patents
U.S. Supreme Court Denies…

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of ABPA v. Ford: Ford’s Win on Enforcing Replacement Parts Design Patents Stands

Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA), which is an association of companies that sells automotive body parts, had sued Ford Global Technologies LLC in U.S. district court. ABPA wanted its members to be able to create and provide replacement parts,… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Start-Ups: Do You Need a…

Start-Ups: Do You Need a Patent?

In the pre-funding stage, start-up companies are often working on shoe-string budgets and based solely on the experience of their founders and advisory boards. It may be tempting to push legal intellectual property protections off until your project… Read More
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Categories: Patents