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Laura Peter announced as deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), effective November 13, 2018. Peter most recently held the position of deputy general counsel of A10 Networks in Silicon Valley and […]

Primerus Attorneys Volunteer at The Greater Boston Food Bank

Mark Malek of Widerman Malek, PL volunteered with fellow attorneys from the Primerus International Society of Law Firms on October 18 at the Greater Boston Food Bank.  50 attorneys from among the Primerus Member Firms attended the event.  At the packing event, the group of attorneys packed 7,468 meals.  The staff at the Greater Boston […]

Federal Court Shuts Down Allergan’s Attempt to Shield Patents

A recent Federal Circuit ruling held that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply in reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board which rejected an attempt from Allergan PLC to shield patents for its dry-eye medication, Restasis, by transferring them to a Native American tribe. According to an article by Reuters, the drug generated $1.5 […]

Japan Patent Law, Just Amended

At Widerman Malek, we pride ourselves on being a resource for our clients and referral sources especially when it relates to intellectual property matters.  We work closely with other intellectual property professionals across the country and the world which allows us to best service our clients. We recently received an update regarding patent law procedure […]

U.S. Patent Number 10,000,000 Has Issued

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 10,000,000.  This is quite a milestone for the patent office.  The first U.S. Patent was issued on July 31, 1790 to Samuel Hopkins for a process of making potash, which is an ingredient used in fertilizer. Fast-forward 228 years […]

Andrei Iancu Confirmed as Director of United States Patent and Trademark Office

Andrei Iancu has been confirmed by the United States Senate as the next Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and the next Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Iancu was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 94-0.

The US Patent and Trademark Office Remains Open During Government Shutdown

At 12:01 AM on January 20, 2018, the United States Government went into shutdown based on impasse in congress over budgeting.  Of course, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an agency of the United States Government.  The government shutdown applies to all “non-essential” government agencies.  For example, agencies that are considered as […]

TRADEMARK ALERT – Trademark System Will Be Down on April 29, 2017

We just received an alert from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and the Trademark Electronic Application System International (TEASi) will be down for maintenance between 8AM ET and 4PM ET on Saturday April 29, 2017. This should not affect too many people as far as deadlines […]

Former Bank Manager Convicted in Connection With Trademark Fraud

Over the years, several of our clients have received trademark solicitations from what appeared to be legitimate entities, but which are in fact complete scams. I recently posted an article on LinkedIn regarding this issue. A typical example of one type of scam letter can be found in our previous article on this topic. A […]

Girl Scouts Launch Intellectual Property Patch

The Girl Scouts, in conjunction with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, have announced an Intellectual Property (“IP”) patch. Information about the patch can be found here. The Girl Scouts already offer an Innovation Badge, and the IP patch is meant to compliment the Innovation Badge. According to the USPTO website the “IP patch […]

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