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Oatly milks vegan trademark success at General Court

The Second Chamber of the EU General Court, January 20, upheld a trademark appeal brought by vegan food brand Oatly, overturning an earlier decision by the European Union Intellection Property Office (EUIPO).[link]

How Patents Enable Mavericks and Challenge Incumbents

Advocates for “patent reform” have long argued that reducing patent protection will open up markets and accelerate innovation by lowering entry barriers and expanding access to existing technologies. [link]

ipAwarenessAssessment: Inventors and Business Owners Should Start Their IP Journey with this USPTO-NIST Tool

The ipAwarenessAssessment (the Tool) is engineered for both business owners and inventors so that they can comprehensively value their intellectual property (IP) and manage their IP portfolios accordingly.[link]

New Year, New Models: How the Pandemic May Forever Change Practice at the USPTO

Last year brought unprecedented changes as to how the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) conducts business. [link]

Illumina Wins Patent Infringement Suit against BGI in the UK

Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) today announced that the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court, issued a judgment in its favor in the patent infringement suit filed against the BGI Companies, MGI Tech Co. Ltd; Latvia MGI SIA;[link]

US Inventor Backs SCOTUS Petition to Clarify Claim Construction Principles

Inventor advocacy group US Inventor has filed an amicus brief in support of a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the justices to clarify “[w]hether the Federal Circuit’s “heavy presumption” line of cases or its “holistic” line should govern claim construction.[link]

Green, Yellow, Or Red: What Color Is Your Patent Examiner and Why Should You Care?

This article summarizes and expands upon the content of a series of articles written for IP Law360 between May and August of 2020, as well as webinars conducted with IPWatchdog.[link]

Copyright Office Updates to Third Edition of Compendium of Practices Focus on Registration Refusals, Intervening SCOTUS Case Law

On January 14, the U.S. Copyright Office published in the Federal Register an update to the agency’s Third Edition of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices. [link]

Patent Filings Roundup: Fortress Gets Into the 5G SEP Game; Judge Gilstrap Stays Trial for Reexam After Board Denied Under Fintiv; Fintiv Case Transferred

All eyes this week were on the USPTO Director’s chair and the inauguration, and yesterday the USPTO posted a farewell blog and speech, confirming that Andrei Iancu will (and probably already has) resigned pursuant to the changeover in administrations.[link]

IP * SMEs: Taking your ideas to market

Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.[link]

Iancu Says Goodbye, Urges Commitment to ‘American Innovation Renaissance’

One day before Joe Biden was to be inaugurated as the 46th U.S. President, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Andrei Iancu confirmed he would be leaving his position as USPTO Director, reminiscing on his tenure with the Office in his latest Director’s Forum blog [link]

Patent Filings Roundup: Fortress Gets Into the 5G SEP Game; Judge Gilstrap Stays Trial for Reexam After Board Denied Under Fintiv; Fintiv Case Transferred

All eyes this week were on the USPTO Director’s chair and the inauguration, and yesterday the USPTO posted a farewell blog and speech, confirming that Andrei Iancu will (and probably already has) resigned pursuant to the changeover in administrations.[link]

Western District of Texas Gets an Upgrade: A Look at the New Waco Courtroom

Anyone who is familiar with the fortunes of Waco, Texas over the past few years will recognize the remarkable transformation of the city in most every respect.[link]

Unicolors: ‘impossible’ Boohoo didn’t copy design

California fashion brand Unicolors is suing UK retailer Boohoo for allegedly copying the design of a floral-patterned dress.[link]

Biden’s Opportunity to Protect American Innovation

When Joe Biden became President-elect Biden, he asked us to imagine a new, more hopeful version of America. [link]

Inaugural NCEAI Innovation Discussion Underscores Data-Driven, Solution-Based Approach

Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted its first National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI) Innovation Chat virtually, featuring a discussion between USPTO Director Andrei Iancu and the Deputy Director General for Patents and Technology Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Lisa Jorgensen. [link]

Successful After Final Petitions Can Help Advance Prosecution (Part V)

While researching the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) treatment of final Office actions for previous articles (Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV), we noted, all too often, applicants acquiesce to premature or improper final Office actions rather than engage in a petition process they consider uncertain. [link]

Bentley told to destroy clothing line following trademark battle that lasted 15 years

Bentley has been told to destroy its line of clothing after losing a trademark dispute with a fashion firm.[link]

Washington Insiders Say Farewell to 2020 and Look Ahead to 2021

As we thankfully see 2020 fading into the rear-view mirror and all look forward to a hopefully much better 2021, we want to take a moment to reflect on what the past year brought us and how the stage is set for another very fluid and consequential year for intellectual property policy.[link]

The Great Digital Healthcare Reset

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed every aspect of our lives, digital transformation in healthcare has accelerated above others. [link]
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