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A Quick Dive Into the Upcoming Changes to Chinese Design Patent Law

China, USA - May 25 2021 On October 17, 2020, the Chinese Legislature passed the Fourth Amendment to the Chinese Patent Law, which will come into effect on June 1, 2021. As…

Gregory R. Churney, Nicholas P. Schmidbauer

Protecting the Product™: Software

USA - April 21 2021 Now that the era of work-from-anywhere and software-for-any-service has fully arrived, obtaining proper legal protection for software is paramount…

James J. Aquilina

Recent PTAB Guidance on Permissible Drawing Amendments for U.S. Design Applications

USA - November 5 2020 Two recent decisions by the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) highlight the nuances of allowable and impermissible drawing amendments during…

U.S. Design Patent Enablement and Definiteness Requirements in view of In re: Maatita

USA - September 11 2018 The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s (Federal Circuit) recent decision in In re Maatita clarifies the figure requirements for design patent…

Justin E. Doop, Nicholas P. Schmidbauer

Implications of Prosecution History Estoppel for Design Patents Clarified by CAFC

USA - August 15 2018 Over the last several years, the legal doctrine of “prosecution history estoppel” has been a hot topic for U.S. design patent practitioners, the…

Justin E. Doop, Nicholas P. Schmidbauer