Category Archives: Intellectual Property

European NGO FFII Opposes Stealth Legislation, Demands ACTA Documents Be Made Public

The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) has requested 12 secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) documents from the EU Council. Behind closed doors, the EU, US, Japan and other countries are negotiating ACTA. The negotiating parties plan on making the ACTA text public only after the parties have agreed to it. Based on leaked information, the FFII is deeply concerned that ACTA may give patent trolls further means to extort companies, lead to monitoring all citizens Internet communications and criminalize peer-to-peer electronic file sharing.
Parliaments and the public are in the dark about ACTA. Stakeholders, experts and public interest organisations can not scrutinize ACTA documents. Both the European Parliament and the member states of the EU have vetoes on aspects of ACTA. FFII analyst Ante Wessels says: “Parliaments cannot build an informed opinion about ACTA and therefore will not be well prepared to use their power.”.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Ninth Annual Patent Administrative Law Conference

American University Washington College of Law, Federal Circuit Bar Assoc., & Unified Patents Host PALC 2019 For those in the Washington D.C. area, this coming Wednesday the American University (AU) Washington College of Law hosts the Ninth Annual Patent Administrative Law Conference. Topics this year include “A New Day at the PTAB”, and emerging issues in wireless standards and patent pools. Speakers this year are drawn from from the Dept. of Justice, USPTO, private practice and a broad spectrum of in-house counsel. You can find the full agenda and registration info (here).  Hope to see you there... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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"The Trademark Office Comes to California" – April 2 (SF) and April 4 (LA)

"The Trademark Office Comes to California," set for April 2 in San Francisco, and April 4 in Los Angeles, is one of the flagship events hosted by the California Lawyers Association Intellectual Property Law Section, and it offers unparalleled value in addition to the chance to hear and meet the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner for Trademarks, TTAB judges, and senior examining attorneys. There will also be panels presented by experienced practitioners, an interactive luncheon with table topic discussions, a networking reception, and the "TTAB Year in Review" presented by yours truly. Attendees receive 6.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of legal ethics. Register for the SF session here. For the LA session here.Readers may find particularly interesting the panel featuring Chris Doninger, Managing Attorney at the USPTO, and Jason Lott, Attorney Advisor for Trademark Educational Outreach, USPTO. They will discuss and answer questions on a variety….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Ex parte Smith (PTAB 2019)

Software Claims Survive Section 101 Challenge and Are Found to Be Directed to Patent-Eligible Subject Matter By Joseph Herndon — In the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) recently designated its decision in Ex Parte Smith as an informative decision for its application of the revised guidance on the application of 35 U.S.C. § 101. (Ex parte Eileen C. Smith, Anthony Montesano, Edward T. Tilly, Mark A. Esposito, Stuart J. Kipnes, and Anthony J. Carone, Appeal 2018-000064, Technology Center 3600). Below, we analyze the decision, which is favorable for applicants, to illustrate that even….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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MBHB & Patent Docs Programs on Biopharma Patent Law

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and Patent Docs will be hosting two onsite CLE programs on "Recent Developments in Biopharma Patent Law" from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm on April 23, 2019 in San Diego, CA (Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine) and on April 24, 2019 in Burlingame, CA (Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport). MBHB attorneys and Patent Docs authors Kevin Noonan and Donald Zuhn, and MBHB attorneys Josh Rich, Lisa Hillman, Sarah Fendrick, John Conour, Nate Chongsiriwatana, and Nicole Grimm will provide presentations on the following topics: • Updates on Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis • Patenting Repurposed….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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