Category Archive for "Patterson Thuente News"

cover of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law newsletter February March 2019

Ideas on Intellectual Property Law – February/March 2019

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the February/March issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.

Read More
3D plastic cup spilling brown soda

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.

Read More
3D wooden gavel

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.

Read More
3D generic cell phone black

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.

Read More
IP Career Prep Event January 28 logo

RSVP for our IP Career Prep Event!

Patterson Thuente IP invites future intellectual property attorneys to hone their interview skills and resumes at our annual IP Career prep event. Join us Monday, January 28, 2019 for a casual dinner and some friendly advice. RSVP today! 

Read More
Paul Onderick | Partner - Patent Attorney

The Ophthalmologist: In Black and White

The Ophthalmologist published an article by patent attorney, Paul Onderick, about intellectual property considerations for innovators in the ophthalmology industry. In Black and White identifies several situations where an M.D. could use the help of a J.D. to make sure IP rights are protected and related disputes avoided.  Read more…
Read More
A photo of Eric Chadwick, a IP Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis

New Weapon for Tech Companies to Fend Off Trolls

Hennepin Lawyer published an article by our litigation chair, Eric Chadwick, on the status of patent litigation involving trolls or nonpracticing entities (NPEs). A New Weapon for Tech Companies to Fend Off Trolls, concludes that the tide may have shifted in favor of technology companies in recent years through inter partes review challenges (IPRs) and now with invalidation of abstract patented “ideas” after the Supreme Court decision in Alice vs. CLS. Read more…
Read More
3d blocks image A B C

Supreme Court patent update: Phonetic alphabet fails patent-eligibility test

Despite what movies and television shows might suggest, not every great idea is worthy of—or, more importantly, eligible for—a patent. The inventor of a new phonetic alphabet learned this lesson the hard way.

Read More
Ideas on IP Law Year End 2018 cover

Ideas on Intellectual Property Law – Year End 2018

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the Year End 2018 issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.

Read More
3D globe image

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement and intellectual property

On September 30, 2018, the US, Mexico and Canada agreed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new comprehensive trade pact, called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Chapter 20 of the USMCA deals with intellectual property. The chapter includes provisions updating the almost 25-year old NAFTA as well as new requirements based on the provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). President Trump repudiated the TPP when he took office in January 2017; to a large extent, therefore, the USMCA reinstates rules that the TPP adopted, but the US abandoned. The following are a few of the relevant provisions of the USMCA.

Read More

Want to know the secrets to creating and protecting unforgettable brand names?

Choosing the wrong name can be expensive. Gain essential knowledge on trademarks and the naming process. Introducing The Guide for Pursuing Legally Defensible & High-Value Trademarks – a collaborate effort with the branding experts Olive & Company. 

GET YOUR GUIDE TODAY