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Trademark Infringement – A Real Case

Cases of trademark infringement have become more common on the internet.  Some of these cases are genuine complaints, made against online users who do not have any idea in this field.  Some claims of infringements are unsuitable that the charges made for trademark infringement is dubious. The Trademark law shields the trademark holder’s unique rights. […]

Patent Wars Aid Growth of Patent Jobs

We have seen patent wars waged between titans such as Google, Samsung and Apple and it has made us all aware of the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) laws and copyright infringements. While the patent wars may not have been financially beneficial to the companies in question, another sector has been growing in number and […]

… And Here Comes “Alice”!

Don’t look now, but it appears the post-Alice USPTO guidance regarding patent eligibility has kicked in. The following is a form paragraph recently used by an Examiner at the USPTO in a rejection of certain process claims:

SCOTUS on “Alice”: It’s The Application, Stupid!

Old habits die hard.  But the U.S. Supreme Court patiently keeps trying to euthanize the habit of too many patent professionals to reflexively (but not necessarily purposefully) tie patent claims to some computer.  Any computer!  The latest attempt to break this habit comes in the context of the Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Intl. […]

Can Pi be trademark protected?

Think back to math class.  Do you remember learning about pi?  It’s that funny little greek letter that looks like this π.  It is used to represent the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is roughly defined as 3.14159 no matter how large or small the circle is.  It is one of […]

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Cancels Redskins Trademark

On Wednesday June 18, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled six Washington Redskins trademarks citing that the football team’s name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus in violation of federal trademark laws banning offensive or disparaging language. This topic has been a hot one in the world of intellectual property law the last […]

Patent and Trademark Office Closed on March 3, 2014

USPTO Closed on March 3, 2014 due to weather.

Game Developer Candy Crush Stirs up Protests Over “Candy” Trademark

In recent years, we are seeing common words being trademarked that borders on ridiculous. How can common words that are used in every day language and useded in hundreds of brand products be trademarked? One such recent example is game developer King.com attempts to trademark the word “Candy” for their Candy Crush game. Is this […]

Coinye, I mean, Kanye sues Amazon

Kanye West is surely no gold digger, but he’s certainly looking to figure out who is using his name satirically to develop a little dough. That’s right, if you’re a business that could have any possible hand in supporting a new virtual currency, Coinye West? Kanye is coming for you. That was no typo, Coinye […]

The Importance of Filing for Both Utility and Design Patents

While watching Shark Tank Season Five, Episode 10, I was reminded of the importance of filing for both a design and utility patent. The show aired a young family looking to gain financial backing to expand their growing lunchbox business. The couple started Yubo, an environmentally friendly customized lunchbox company. The beauty of their design […]

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