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Patterson Thuente IP Attorneys Listed by Super Lawyers

Jim Patterson and Brad Pedersen were named to the 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers® listing for intellectual property. Sarah Stensland was recognized on the Rising Stars® listing for intellectual property litigation.

Bar fight

Just last year, in Matal v. Tam, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to the registration of trademarks that could be considered offensive when it ruled that the disparagement clause in the federal trademark law was unconstitutional. Now the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has taken a similar stance, striking down the bar against the registration of trademarks that are “immoral or scandalous.”

What makes a patent invalid due to “indefiniteness”?

Although in 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court announced a standard for assessing whether patent language is fatally indefinite, the limits of the Court’s decision are still being determined. More recently, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals provided additional guidance — and it seems to favor patentees.