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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 […]

Why Profitable Trademark Licensees Should Care About Bankruptcy

The United States Supreme Court will decide, “the most significant unresolved legal issue in trademark licensing during the upcoming term.” A split between Circuit Courts currently exists over the issue of, “what happens to a trademark license when the brand owner goes bankrupt?” Or, as the issue has been presented to the Supreme Court for […]

Trademark Piracy – Amazon Brand Registry

Over the past several months a disturbing practice has been occurring at the USPTO.  Trademark pirates are fraudulently changing the email address of the correspondence section within a trademark registration.  Once changed, the trademark pirate contacts Amazon Brand Registry and requests the trademark be registered to the fraudulent email address/pirate.  Amazon will email a secret […]

Beginning the Patent Process

  Attorney Kelly Swartz explains the first steps in protecting your patent.  Patents are an invaluable piece of intellectual property.  Frequently sought after by Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike, a patent can protect your invention from reverse engineering and give you an advantage in the marketplace, as well as making your invention more attractive to […]

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 […]

How To Obtain A Software Patent

Up until recently, software patents accounted for about half of all patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Supreme Court has since made it more difficult to receive a software patent. However, the tide is shifting back in favor of inventors and patent owners. In fact, since the initial […]

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 […]

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