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Legal Implications of NFTs

Legal Implications of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT)

We recently covered NFTs here, but due to the heightened interest regarding this topic, here’s a deeper dive into Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that have taken the blockchain industry by storm. An NFT is a type of cryptocurrency asset wherein each ite… Read More
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Federal Circuit Finds Recoupment of Investment Does Not Bar Equitable Intervening Rights

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a district court’s grant of summary judgement of non-infringement in a case involving rival poultry chillers. The case of John Bean Technologies Corp. v. Morris & Associates, Inc. inv… Read More
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Are Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) Intellectual Property?

What’s a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) and is it a form of intellectual property (IP)? First, some background on NFTs. As the New York Times explains, An NFT is an asset verified using blockchain technology, in which a network of computers records trans… Read More
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When Will the PTAB Deny a Petition for Inter Partes Review?

An Inter Partes Review (IPR) is an administrative proceeding before a panel of Administrative Patent Judges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) – part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The PTAB reviews wheth… Read More
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The FinTech Patent Landscape

The FinTech Patent Landscape

In this recent blog, we talked about the boom in blockchain-related patents, especially in China. But blockchain – and its most famous application, cryptocurrency (including Bitcoin) – isn’t the only area of financial innovation these days. Acc… Read More
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Ericsson's Legal Fight with Samsung Intensifies

Ericsson's Legal Fight with Samsung Intensifies

The licensing and royalty disputes between Samsung Electronics Co. and Ericsson Inc. have turned into a major legal fight across several jurisdictions. Each side has taken action in its bid to gain the upper hand. Analysts believe that this will even… Read More
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Patent Office Issues Guidance on Indefiniteness

In January, the US Patent Office (USPTO) issued binding guidance that aligns the approach taken by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) with the approach of the federal courts on the issue of indefiniteness. 35 U.S.C. § 112(b) provides: The [pat… Read More
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Life Sciences IP Trends for 2021

Life Sciences IP Trends for 2021

Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars annually in acquisitions, collaborations, and IP licensing agreements. These agreements lead to more innovations in terms of therapies and technologies to treat various illnesses an… Read More
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3D Printing Implications on Existing IP Laws

Current advancements in 3D printing make it possible to duplicate almost any object, with or without authorization from rights holders. This can have legal consequences in light of the intellectual property (IP) protection granted to original works.… Read More
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US Patent Office Reports on How Chinese Government Supports IP Registration Fraud

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a new report on how Chinese government subsidies and other non-market factors may be influencing the high rate of Chinese patent and trademark filings in the United States. As the repor… Read More
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