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McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC is Iowa’s oldest and largest boutique intellectual property law firm, helping clients protect their intellectual property…
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McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC | United Kingdom, USA | 23 Sep 2021

Good Save: UK IPO Blocks Passing Off Attempt

Earlier this year, a British businessman by the name of James Dear applied with the UK Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") to register a mark…
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McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC | USA | 16 Sep 2021

Starting the Clock on Basketball Whistle Patent Infringement

A recent patent infringement complaint in North Carolina illustrates how patents cover and help sporting events. While golf is the undeniable king of…
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McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC | Global, USA | 7 Sep 2021

Proposed rulemaking to implement WIPO Standard ST.26

Patent applications containing nucleic acid or protein sequences will be required to submit a sequence listing in compliance with the new WIPO…
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McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC | USA | 27 Aug 2021

Can I Copyright My Logo?

First, to be clear, copyrights and trademarks are very distinct. Generally, copyrights protect original works of authorship (e.g., music, books, art…
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McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC | USA | 23 Aug 2021

What is Assignor Estoppel and What Implications Remain Post Minerva?

Particularly within the patent industry, it is common to see that an employment agreement contains a provision where an employee agrees to assign the…
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McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC | Global, Japan, USA | 12 Aug 2021

Export of Seeds Protected by Plant Breeder’s Rights: Despite Countries Enhancing Regulations, Foreign Certificates Provide More Comprehensive Protection

Shine Muscat grapes are a premium grape variety originally developed in Japan. They are particularly desirable because they are large, seedless, and…
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McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC | USA | 9 Aug 2021

Your Friendly Reminder to Avoid the Temptation to Use USOPC Trademarks

The race for the most gold medals during the 2020 Summer Olympics (informally “Tokyo 2020” and more formally “the Games of the XXXII Olympiad”) has…
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McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC | USA | 29 Jul 2021

Federal Circuit clarifies the “teaches away” doctrine and the “substantial evidence” requirement when making an obviousness determination

On July 22, 2021, in Chemours Company FC, LLC v. Daikin Industries, Ltd. (“Chemours v. Daikin”), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal…
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McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC | USA | 26 Jul 2021

NIL and University Intellectual Property Controls

One issue that has not been greatly addressed with respect to student-athletes being able to monetize on their rights of publicity (i.e., name, image…
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McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC | USA | 19 Jul 2021

Bona Fide Hustlers: Apple Entitled to Cancellation of Social Tech’s MEMOJI Trademark

Following Apple’s introduction of its Memoji software in 2018, a company by the name of Social Technologies filed a lawsuit in the Northern District…
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