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Pending Opposition Case with the EPO Raises Caution Over Generalized Assignment Language Within Employment Agreements

European Union, USA - April 6 2021 The year 2020—and now 2021—has been a busy year for the European Patent Office (EPO) as it works through several oppositions and appeals involving a…

Has the Federal Circuit Made It Nearly Impossible to Maintain Genus Claims?

USA - January 26 2021 A recent denial by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to hear an appeal by Merck’s Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC (Idenix), leaves…

Roll Call: Are all Inventors Accounted for in a Foreign Filing with the EPO?

European Union - November 24 2020 Earlier this month, the European Patent Office (“EPO”) explained why it upheld a decision revoking a patent applied for by Broad Institute of…

Practitioners Beware: Hidden MPEP Rule Change May Cause Significant Impacts to After Final Practice

USA - September 25 2020 With the most recent revision to the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) in June 2020, practitioners have noticed a subtle, but potentially…

A New Standard for Multicolored Marks

USA - August 10 2020 Whether it is a light blue jewelry box, or a red sole on a high-heel shoe, certain colors allow consumers to immediately associate that color with a…