Bryan K. Wheelock

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Q2 l 2020

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Patent FAQ: Patent Renewals, Expirations, Coverage, Tax Benefits, and More

USA - December 11 2020 Without a change in the law, a patent cannot be extended beyond the term for which it issued. The only way to extend protection is to invent and…

Descriptive Use of a Registered Trademark is not Infringement

USA - November 4 2020 15 USC 1115(b)(4) provides that the use of a registered term is not trademark infringement if it is used “otherwise than as a mark” (meaning it is…

Finding Claims Non-obvious Was Not Error, It Was the Application of the Proper Evidentiary Standard

USA - September 25 2020 In Apple Inc. v. VOIP-PAL.com, Inc., [2018-1456, 2018-1457] (September 25, 2020), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s determination that claims…

IPR Estoppel: It’s Not A Second Bite at the Apple if You Didn’t Get a First Bite

USA - September 24 2020 In Network-1 Technologies, Inc. v. Hewlett-Packard Co., [2018-2338, 2018-2339, 2018-2395, 2018-2396] (September 24, 2020), the Federal Circuit…

§315(c) Does Not Allow Board to Join IPRs or to Add Issues to an IPR via Joinder

USA - September 5 2020 In Facebook, Inc. v. Windy City Innovations, LLC, [2018-1400, 2018-1401, 2018-1402, 2018-1403, 2018-1537, 2018-1540, 2018-1541] (September 4, 2020)…