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Intellectual Property Law Blog Blog

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The U.S. Trademark Office Opens The Door to Registering Certain Cannabis Trademarks

USA - June 3 2019 On May 2, 2019, the United States Trademark Office issued new Examination Guidelines for goods and services associated with cannabis and…

Framing Your Pitch: A Lesson from the TTI v. IBG Cases

USA - May 6 2019 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued three interesting, related opinions interpreting and applying the “technological…

A Cautionary Tale: Don’t Wait Until There Is A Problem To Protect Your Trade Secrets

USA - May 2 2019 A federal decision recently reminded businesses about the importance of taking appropriate measures to protect their proprietary information before…

Yes, UCANN!

USA - May 1 2019 Patentees and inventors of cannabis compounds may be happy to learn a district court in Colorado recently held that, based on the record before it, U…

Returning to the Status Quo? - Proposed Outline for Section 101 Reform

USA - April 22 2019 On April 18, 2019, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), along with Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Steve…

PTAB Continues to Preclude PTAB Challenges That It Views As Untimely

USA - April 12 2019 In a proceeding that included Patent Office Director Andrei Iancu on the panel, the PTAB issued an order this past week denying institution of 3 IPRs…

Do NOT Give NDAs the Short Shrift

USA - April 5 2019 Several states have passed new laws restricting use of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), making it timely for companies to review their policies and…

Blockchain Games and Collectibles - Patents and Other Legal Issues

USA - April 2 2019 The use of blockchain (or distributed ledger) technology for games (a.k.a blockchain games) and token-based digital collectibles is on the rise. The…

Federal Circuit Weighs in on Patent Subject-Matter Eligibility of Dietary Supplements

USA - March 21 2019 The Federal Circuit weighed in on patent subject matter eligibility again last week, finding certain amino-acid containing dietary supplements, and…

Supreme Court Holds that a Copyright Claimant May Commence an Infringement Suit Only AFTER the Copyright Office Registers the Copyright

USA - March 7 2019 On March 4, 2019, the United States Supreme Court held unanimously that “a copyright claimant may commence an infringement suit … when the Copyright…