Federal Circuit Restates Fees are not “a Penalty for Failure to Win a Patent Infringement Suit.”

February, 12th, 2019

By William L. Birks “The court in exceptional cases may award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party.” 35 U.S.C. § 285 While every prevailing party would seek attorney fees if they could, it’s important [Read More…]

WHIPgroup attorneys achieve sweeping victory at Arterton Inn of Court mock oral argument

February, 7th, 2019

By Patrick D. Duplessis As we recently reported, the Arterton Inn of Court held its first substantive event on the 2018-2019 session, and WHIPgroup attorneys played a major role in preparing the event. The event, [Read More…]

Race to the Courthouse: The role of Declaratory Judgements in Trademark Infringement Cases

January, 31st, 2019

By Lauren C. Matturri In December 2018 toy company MGA Entertainment Inc. filed a declaratory judgment against Louis Vuitton.[1]  This was to preempt the French fashion house from claiming MGA Entertainment’s Pooey Puitton toy was [Read More…]

Digital Media Pioneer Tom Richardson to speak on The Business Imperative of Cross-Platform Delivery at WHIPgroup Tech Entrepreneur Meetup 2/19

January, 30th, 2019

Tom Richardson, formerly President of Digital at the NHL, head of Publishing at the NFL and GM of Sports & News at AOL, will speak on the business imperatives and challenges of cross-platform programming.  In [Read More…]

USPTO Launches Expedited Cancellation Pilot Program for Unused Trademarks

January, 30th, 2019

On January 22 the USPTO announced a pilot program to streamline cancellation proceedings for allegedly abandoned and unused trademarks.  Under this program, once an answer is filed, the assigned TTAB Interlocutory Attorney has the parties [Read More…]

You’re invited to “Patent Secrets: Protecting Your IP” on Feb. 4th

January, 28th, 2019

On February 4, 2019, Walter Welsh of WHIPgroup will present on Patent Secrets: Protecting Intellectual Property for the Entrepreneurial Society of Stamford at Serendipity Labs, 700 Canal Street, Stamford. For event details, click here.

Lauren Matturri Sworn in to the New York Bar

January, 23rd, 2019

Lauren Matturri was sworn into the New York Bar on January 17, 2019.  She focuses her practice on trademark litigation. prosecution, and enforcement.  During law school Ms. Matturri interned at both a major financial institution [Read More…]

New Patentable Subject Matter Guidelines: Finally Some Help for Computer-Implemented Inventions

January, 23rd, 2019

By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr. Many in the patent field are keenly aware that the USPTO just issued new patentable subject matter guidelines. The USPTO uses a multi-step process for determining patent eligibility and the [Read More…]

“OMG. How’d They Get a Patent on a Thing Like That?” (Part 2 of 2)

January, 18th, 2019

By Wesley W. Whitmyer, Jr.     Read Part 1 I have been asked this question hundreds of times. You can probably guess that the person doing the asking has just been accused of patent infringement. [Read More…]

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