Category Archive for "Litigation"

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Read all about it! Printed publication bars patents on drug tracking system

How often do you browse the Federal Register? For most people, the answer probably is never. But if you want to patent an invention that falls within the regulations of a federal agency like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Register might trip you up. For one patent applicant, it did just that.

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Federal Circuit revives soda trademark battle over “ZERO”

When most people hear the word “generic,” it brings to mind a consumer product without a brand name. But its meaning is much more significant in the trademark world, where a term deemed generic isn’t eligible for trademark protection. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently clarified the test for so-called genericness.

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Supreme Court allows patent owner to recover lost foreign profits

A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling brings welcome news to patent holders who have found their inventions infringed overseas. The Court held that plaintiffs can recover lost foreign profits generated by the unlawful shipping of U.S. parts abroad for assembly into an infringing product.

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Photogs lose DMCA case over metadata removal

More than two decades after its enactment, portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) continue to confound both copyright holders and accused infringers. What, for example, must a copyright holder establish to win a lawsuit over removal of copyright management information (CMI)? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit provided some clarity on the issue in a case involving digital photographs.

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Patterson Thuente IP Welcomes Galen Rahmlow

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to welcome patent attorney, Galen Rahmlow, to our team. Focusing on patent prosecution in the chemical, mechanical, and material arts, Galen will enhance the firm’s ability to serve clients in a variety of industries, including chemical and medical technology. His experience centers around the following technologies: chemical, medical devices, aerospace equipment, gas turbine engines, coatings, ceramics, complex optical components, and films for LCD display systems.

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Patterson Thuente IP 2019 Best Lawyers

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to once again announce that our lawyers have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Congratulations to the following attorneys:

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Why the Federal Circuit voted against a ballot verification patent

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the court that hears all appeals of patent cases, continues to invalidate patents directed to abstract ideas. It applies the test established in 2014 by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a recent case, it ruled that a patent covering voting methods and systems providing for “auto-verification” of ballots was invalid as attempting to patent an abstract idea.

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Appellate Court Wipes Out Sturgis Trademark

The US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit published its opinion today, finding that a federally registered trademark for the mark Sturgis, owned by Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRI), is invalid. This is a major victory for Rushmore Photo & Gifts, the Niemann family of Rapid City, SD, and Wal-mart Stores, Inc., the defendants in this seven-year dispute over the Sturgis mark, The Court found that SMRI’s unregistered, common law trademarks “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally” and “Sturgis Rally & Races” are also invalid.

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D.C. Circuit tunes in to streaming content copyright issues

Streaming media has opened up a vast landscape of previously unavailable content for many. It’s also triggered an array of novel copyright infringement questions. In a case involving the streaming of content originating abroad into the United States, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has tackled two previously unsettled questions about the scope of infringement liability under the Copyright Act.

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Supreme Court Patent Update

Inter partes review survives constitutional challenge Patent trolls are a significant nuisance to a range of industries. But the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld a procedure that makes it easier for patent trolls’ potential victims to avoid prolonged litigation or costly settlements.

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