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Reexamination appeals: go directly to Fed. Circuit, do not pass Dist. Court
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • March 30 2012

In a matter of first impression, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently held that the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (the Act) requires patent owners to appeal reexamination decisions of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (Board) directly to the Federal Circuit.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. when what's in a place name doesn't affect the purchaser
  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
  • USA
  • February 1 2011

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently held that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) erred as a matter of law in applying the three-part test for primarily geographically deceptively misdescriptive marks.

Federal Circuit ruling in Slattery (Meritor Savings) v. U.S.
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • USA
  • January 29 2011

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. on January 28 ruled in favor of the Meritor Savings Bank shareholders and appears to have moved them closer to collecting a $276 million trial court judgment from the FDIC in an epic case that began in 1992.

Kristina Caggiano Kelly
  • Duane Morris LLP