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2 hrs ago | Law.com

Replacing Rader: Sizing up the Short List for the Federal Circuit

Judge Randall Rader's sudden departure from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in June gave patent litigators a lot to talk about.

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Related Topix: US News, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, African-American, Law, California

6 hrs ago | JD Supra

'Stop the Islamisation of America' Is Disparaging

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's refusal to register the mark "STOP THE ISLAMISATION OF AMERICA" in connection with the services "providing information regarding understanding and preventing terrorism," holding that the mark was disparaging to a group of persons.

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Related Topix: Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, US News, Law

11 hrs ago | Patently Obvious

Federal Circuit Sends Patent Case to Eighth Circuit

The Federal Circuit has determined that it lacks subject-matter appellate jurisdiction over the patent infringement appeal and has thus transferred the case to its sister-court, the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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Related Topix: US News, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Law

15 hrs ago | KTOO-TV Juneau

An Actor, A University And A Famous Name Lead To A Lawsuit

John Wayne went by "Duke" nearly all his life, but that's not the name that appeared on his driver's license.

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17 hrs ago | JD Supra

Description of a Trademark with the USPTO

Continuing our discussion - from yesterday and the day before about the description of a mark provided to the USPTO during the registration process, the below images from two unrelated federally-registered, non-verbal logos for banking services, help tell another related story: As the links on the USPTO images reveal, the one on the left is ... (more)

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Related Topix: Law, Missoula, MT

21 hrs ago | JD Supra

Commercial Success But No Nexus

In the final written decisions of two related inter partes reviews , the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board sided with the petitioner and canceled all claims under review.

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Related Topix: Law

Thu Jul 10, 2014

OregonLive.com

Harvester Brewing background

Where the marks of the respective parties are identical or virtually identical, the relationship between the relevant goods need not be as close I just saw your article about the Harvester Brewing matter.

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Related Topix: Law

RedState

The Further Weaponization of the United States Government

Since at least before the 2012 re-election, and unbeknownst to Americans until fairly recently, the administration that currently runs the White House has been weaponizing various government agencies at a rate never before seen in U.S. history.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, Tax, Law, Life, Hobbies, Conspiracy Theory

KVOR-AM Colorado Springs

Apple Wins Patent for All-Glass Phone, TV or Home Devices

Apple fans may one day have the option to buy an all-glass exterior television, mobile device or gaming device.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, Apple, Law, iPhone

Government Executive

Patent Office Exec Tried to Force Subordinates to Hire a Relative's Fiance

A senior official at the Patent and Trademark Office pressured subordinates to hire as an examining attorney a lesser-qualified candidate who was engaged to marry a close relative, the Commerce Department inspector general reported.

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Business Journal

Obama's reported patent pick stumbles as tech biggies aim to thwart trolls

The UpTake: While the federal government shows it once again has difficulty leading the intellectual property community, private businesses show they are ready to step up and do what's necessary to defend against anti-innovation trolling.

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Related Topix: Internet Troll, Law

CNET News.com

Apple gains store-design trademark in EU

The electronics giant adds to its intellectual property for its store layout, after earning a similar trademark in the US.

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The Washington Post

Cana t register trademark with Statue of Liberty holding silenced gun...

So argued a U.S. Patent & Trademark Officer examiner, in refusing to register the mark.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Sports

Scientific American

New Hotbeds of Innovation Rise in the U.S.

The number of patents granted each year by the U.S. is skyrocketing. Companies inside and outside the country lead the race as they scramble to tap huge American markets.

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JD Supra

Putting Structure and Function Into Context for USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

The USPTO's "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products" has been criticized for requiring a product to be markedly different in structure from a product of nature in order to be eligible for patenting, even though the Supreme Court has considered both ... (more)

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Related Topix: Law, Vaccinations, Health

Blue's News

Battleborn TM Oddity Explained

The United States Patent and Trademark office Trademark Electronic Search System reveals something interesting about Battleborn , showing that the trademark for Gearbox Software's just-announced "hero shooter"/ not a MOBA is not actually registered to Gearbox, but to Necromonger, LLC, a company located at the same Plano, TX address as Gearbox.

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Related Topix: Law, 2K Games, Gearbox Software, Video Games, Borderlands, Plano, TX

Wed Jul 09, 2014

Eff.org

Why Do Patent Trolls Go to Texas? It's Not for the BBQ

There is a lot in our current patent system that is in need of reform. The Patent Office is too lax in granting patents .

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Related Topix: Law, Marshall, TX

Denver Post

Lawsuit: Patent lawyer's bogus bills swindled $5M from Hunter Douglas

Window-covering giant Hunter Douglas in a federal lawsuit accuses its long-time patent attorney of swindling nearly $5 million from the company over 14 years.

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Related Topix: Steamboat Springs, CO, Law

TG Daily

LOT Network hopes to disarm trolls

A new partnership between Canon, Google, Dropbox, SAP, Asana and Newegg is attempting to preempt frivolous lawsuits from 'non-participating entities' commonly known as patent trolls.

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Related Topix: Law

Freshnews

US Patent Office Grants McCord Research Wound Care Patent

McCord Research, Inc. was recently granted a US patent for a process to treat skin wounds characterized by the partial or full thickness loss of skin.

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Related Topix: Law, Science / Technology, Inventions

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