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On the Watch ListSupreme Court Agrees to Hear Challenge to the PTAB's Claims Construction Standard and IPR Institution Decisions

USA - February 12 2016 On January 15, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, where it will review a 2015 Federal Circuit...

Yasser M. El-Gamal, Yuri Mikulka, Michelle A. Cooke, Robert D. Becker.


Getting That Preclusive Feeling: Supreme Court Rules That TTAB Findings Can Have a Preclusive Effect on Federal Court Proceedings

USA - February 12 2016 On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. reversed and remanded (back to the Eighth Circuit) a case...

Yasser M. El-Gamal, Yuri Mikulka, Michelle A. Cooke, Robert D. Becker.


It's a Bird It's a Plane It'sSuperdad? California District Court Rules That DC Comics Can Pursue Its Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against T-Shirt Maker

USA - February 12 2016 There is a fine line between parody and trademark infringement. Just ask DC Comics, which on December 16, 2015, successfully defeated a T-shirt...

Yasser M. El-Gamal, Yuri Mikulka, Michelle A. Cooke, Robert D. Becker.


Federal Circuit: Disparaging Trademarks Are Free Speech

USA - February 12 2016 On December 22, 2015, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc held in In re Simon Shiao Tam that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which bars the U.S...

Yasser M. El-Gamal, Yuri Mikulka, Michelle A. Cooke, Robert D. Becker.


In BriefUpdates and Interesting Items of Note

USA - February 12 2016 In light of the Federal Circuit's rejection of constitutional challenges to IPRs in December 2015 in the MCM case, the Federal Circuit granted...

Yasser M. El-Gamal, Yuri Mikulka, Michelle A. Cooke, Robert D. Becker.