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Four Widerman Malek Attorneys Named 2020 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are pleased to announce four attorneys have been selected to the list of 2020 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected to appear on the list of Florida Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are selected to appear on […]

US Patent Office Offers Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is offering relief to those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  Understanding that deadlines may be missed during the crisis, the USPTO is offering to waive the fees associated with a petition to revive a patent application should the patent application become abandoned due to an inventor, or a […]

Pierron Becomes Widerman Malek Equity Partner

Melbourne, FL (January 7, 2020) – Attorney Daniel C. Pierron becomes an equity partner at the law firm Widerman Malek. Pierron focuses his practice on representing clients in the prosecution of patents and trademarks before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and counseling inventors and businesses on various intellectual property strategies. He is also […]

Recent Developments for Intellectual Property Rights in India

Widerman Malek strives to keep our clients informed about the latest national and global intellectual property news. Our Mumbai colleagues from the law firm of Singhania & Co. recently shared their newsletter about intellectual property in India. Here is what you need to know: In the recent times, India has been trying to establish itself […]

Hong Kong Launches New Patent System

At Widerman Malek, we have a global network of attorneys and law firms to keep our clients apprised of new procedures in the world of intellectual property. Our Hong Kong colleagues, Ai-Leen Lim and Charlie Liu of AWA Asia, recently posted an update about Hong Kong’s new patent system. Here is what you need to […]

USPTO extends After Final Consideration Pilot through September 30, 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP 2.0) has been extended through September 30, 2020. The program is part of the USPTO’s efforts to compact prosecution and increase collaboration between examiners and stakeholders. The AFCP 2.0 helps to streamline responses to Final Office action rejections and provides […]

KARDASHIAN TRADEMARK DISPUTE HEADED TO THE US SUPREME COURT?

The Kardashians are involved in a trademark dispute that may be decided by the US Supreme Court.  Kroma Makeup EU, LLC (“Kroma EU”) sued the Kardashians in 2014 over the Kardashians beauty products line, “Khroma Beauty”.  Kroma EU was granted a license in October 2012 to import, sell and distribute “Kroma” branded beauty products in […]

USPTO Proposes New Fee Adjustments

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released a Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would increase many USPTO Fees. The stated purpose of the fee increases is to recover the costs incurred by the USPTO in carrying out its mandate. The USPTO performed a Regulatory Impact Analysis that “did not identify any […]

USPTO issues new rule requiring foreign-domiciled trademark applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney

The new rule applies to any foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants and parties whose permanent legal residence or principal place of business is outside of the United States. These parties will be required to have a U.S.-licensed attorney represent them before the USPTO in trademark matters.  The new rule will be effective August 3, 2019. “Businesses […]

High Court Strikes Down Offensive Trademarks Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday, June 24, 2019 that a federal ban on the registration of “scandalous” trademarks such as “Fuct” violates the First Amendment.  This comes less than two years after striking down a similar rule against marks deemed “offensive”. In a 6-3 vote, justices said the provision was an unconstitutional form of […]

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