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Federal Circuit Confirms the Value of Design Patents Covering Replacement Parts

USA - September 5 2019 On July 23, 2019, the Federal Circuit departed from its utility patent-focused docket to deliver a precedential opinion relating to design patents in...

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Supreme Court Unshrouds the ‘On Sale’ Bar as Applied to Secret Sales

USA - January 25 2019 This week, the Supreme Court issued a decision holding that a secret sale qualifies as prior art. At issue was whether the America Invents Act (AIA)...

Protecting a Scent Makes Sense

USA - May 5 2017 Although seldom seen in applications or registrations, a scent that identifies the source of a good or service may be eligible for protection as a...

Federal Circuit looks to provisional patent application in determining claim scope

USA - February 16 2017 Differences between a provisional patent application and a nonprovisional application claiming priority to the provisional application may inform...