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U.S. Supreme Court Holds "Disparagement Clause" of Trademark Law Unconstitutional
June 19, 2017
Free speech prevents the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from denying registration of trademarks considered disparaging   Today, in Lee v. Tam, the U.S. Supreme...
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Supreme Court Strengthens and Broadens Exhaustion Doctrine
June 1, 2017
A sale of a product by a patentee or its licensee exhausts all patent rights in that item, regardless of restrictions or location of the sale In a sweeping decision, the Supreme...
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Supreme Court Limits Choice of Venue in Patent Cases
May 22, 2017
By: Brian T. Moriarty and Timothy J. Meagher
A corporation only “resides” in its state of incorporation for venue purposes in patent cases. Selling products in a venue is not enough to establish corporate...
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Notice Requirements For Federal Trade Secret Protection
March 2017
By: Christine M. Wise and John L. DuPré
Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016, federal trade secret protection is now available.  The DTSA, and its notice requirement discussed below, are applicable to any...
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Federal Circuit Clarifies Interstate Use-In-Commerce of Trademarks
November 30, 2016 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: John L. DuPré and Patrick A. Quinlan
  The ability to seek federal registration for trademarks is confirmed to be very broad. A sale of a product does not have to cross state lines if the buyer is from another...
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Federal Circuit Cautions Not to Assume Claimed Inventions are Abstract
September 21, 2016 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Patrick A. Quinlan
  Courts must be careful to avoid oversimplifying claims during Section 101 analysis Focus on how technological process is improved   The Federal Circuit recently...
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Patent Office Establishes Pilot Program for Accelerated Review of Cancer Immunotherapy Applications
August 3, 2016 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Eric M. Balicky, Ph.D.
  USPTO establishes new pilot program for patent applications pertaining to cancer immunotherapy Qualifying applications will be granted special status and undergo accelerated...
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Supreme Court Affirms Authority of Patent Office in Inter Partes Reviews
June 29, 2016 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Lawrence P. Cogswell III, Ph.D. and Timothy J. Meagher
  Determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) whether to institute an inter partes review is final and nonappealable. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO...
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U.S. Supreme Court Holds "Disparagement Clause" of Trademark Law Unconstitutional
June 19, 2017
Free speech prevents the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from denying registration of trademarks considered disparaging   Today, in Lee v. Tam, the U.S. Supreme...
More »

Supreme Court Strengthens and Broadens Exhaustion Doctrine
June 1, 2017
A sale of a product by a patentee or its licensee exhausts all patent rights in that item, regardless of restrictions or location of the sale In a sweeping decision, the Supreme...
More »

Supreme Court Limits Choice of Venue in Patent Cases
May 22, 2017
By: Brian T. Moriarty and Timothy J. Meagher
A corporation only “resides” in its state of incorporation for venue purposes in patent cases. Selling products in a venue is not enough to establish corporate...
More »

Notice Requirements For Federal Trade Secret Protection
March 2017
By: Christine M. Wise and John L. DuPré
Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016, federal trade secret protection is now available.  The DTSA, and its notice requirement discussed below, are applicable to any...
More »

Federal Circuit Clarifies Interstate Use-In-Commerce of Trademarks
November 30, 2016 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: John L. DuPré and Patrick A. Quinlan
  The ability to seek federal registration for trademarks is confirmed to be very broad. A sale of a product does not have to cross state lines if the buyer is from another...
More »

Federal Circuit Cautions Not to Assume Claimed Inventions are Abstract
September 21, 2016 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Patrick A. Quinlan
  Courts must be careful to avoid oversimplifying claims during Section 101 analysis Focus on how technological process is improved   The Federal Circuit recently...
More »

Patent Office Establishes Pilot Program for Accelerated Review of Cancer Immunotherapy Applications
August 3, 2016 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Eric M. Balicky, Ph.D.
  USPTO establishes new pilot program for patent applications pertaining to cancer immunotherapy Qualifying applications will be granted special status and undergo accelerated...
More »

Supreme Court Affirms Authority of Patent Office in Inter Partes Reviews
June 29, 2016 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Lawrence P. Cogswell III, Ph.D. and Timothy J. Meagher
  Determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) whether to institute an inter partes review is final and nonappealable. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO...
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