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Top IP Cases to Watch in 2017

January 10th, 2017

By Keith A. Jones, Esq. As 2017 gets underway, here are the top intellectual property lawsuits and legal disputes that we are watching. SCA Hygiene Products AB et al. v. First Quality Baby Products LLC The Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case to decide whether laches will remain a defense available to patent…

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USPTO Closer to Recognizing Patent Agent Privilege?

December 9th, 2016

By Carly A. Shanahan, Ph.D. A key element of our justice system, the attorney-client privilege, was put in place to ensure that every citizen can obtain sound legal advice. Confidences discussed with an attorney in order to obtain legal advice are privileged from discovery in litigation. When it comes to the protection of intellectual property…

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Understanding the Three Types of U.S. Patents

June 2nd, 2016

Scientists who are focused on their research in a laboratory may not be thinking ahead to the future business applications of their discoveries. But protecting the intellectual property developed in the lab should be a critical consideration for all scientists, whether they are working solo or are part of a large R&D department at a…

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Charged with an IP Crime? Your Lawyer Better Know Science as Well as Criminal Law

May 19th, 2016

By Fred Tecce, Esq. When federal agents swarmed the home of Temple University physics professor Xiaoxing Xi and charged him with spying for China, scientists across the country better have taken note. This was an egregious case of an alleged IP crime which turned out to be nothing at all. Unfortunately, it is likely to…

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Honoring Great American Inventor Lonnie G. Johnson

April 26th, 2016

By Ronald L. Panitch, Esq. From the trademark protecting “Star Wars” merchandise to the patent protecting the repositionable adhesive on the Post-It® note, the legal protection of intellectual property drives innovation and fuels our economy. Today, as we pause to mark World Intellectual Property Day, one man stands as a living example of the creativity…

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How to Respond to a DMCA Takedown Notice

April 15th, 2016

So, you’ve received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice. What do you do now? Any company with a website or a blog knows the power of content. Blog posts, photographs, videos, infographics and more are vital components of today’s digital economy – an economy that seems based on the widespread sharing of art, creativity,…

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Saluting ‘The Most Beautiful Woman’ in STEM

January 28th, 2016

Heralded as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” screen legend Hedy Lamarr — who died 16 years ago last week — was much more than a pretty face; she also was a brilliant inventor. One of her inventions, in fact, helped to lay the groundwork for the technology that powers the wireless devices we…

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3 Top IP Moments of 2015

January 7th, 2016

By Fred Tecce, Esq. It’s that time of year when seemingly every blog and online publication posts year-end “listicles,” and, for better or worse, we are no exception. It’s more difficult for us, though, because as engineers and intellectual property attorneys, we prefer objective analysis. “Biggest,” “best,” and other superlatives are invariably laden with subjective…

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CAFC: Gov’t Can’t Censor ‘Disparaging’ Trademarks

December 29th, 2015

When we discussed the provision of U.S. trademark law that prohibits the use of “disparaging” words in a registered trademark, we noted that “change may be on the horizon.” On Dec. 22, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that at least the prohibition against registration of “disparaging marks” (Section 2(a) of…

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From Thomas Jefferson to Michelle Lee; 225 Years of U.S. Patent Law

December 3rd, 2015

By Fred Tecce, Esq. As anniversaries go, it may lack the cachet of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta or the upcoming 2026 U.S. sestercentennial. But for anyone whose work pushes the boundaries of what mankind once thought possible – from automobiles to antibiotics to Amazon’s Kindle – 2015 brought a big one: the 225th…

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