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Can AI Reshape the Landscape of IP?

August, 16th, 2019

By Victor P. Lin Back in the early 1960s, an American animated series called The Jetsons presented audiences a glimpse of how life may be in the future.  The show has accurately predicted – or [Read More…]

Ford Proves Design Patents are Built Tough

August, 1st, 2019

By Christopher J. Stankus and Jacob J. Alexander In a recent case, Ford showed that design patents are an effective way to prohibit third-party manufacturers from making “knock-off” replacement parts. In Automotive Body Parts Association [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Gets 101 Rejections Overturned on Appeal

July, 31st, 2019

WHIPgroup was successful in having patentable subject matter rejections overturned by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The invention relates to a method of detecting a fault in a robot joint using torque measurements. [Read More…]

What If a Trademark Becomes a Verb

July, 23rd, 2019

By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr., Shuya Duan It becomes more and more popular for a consumer to use his or her favorite brand name as a verb in daily conversation. It is very common for [Read More…]

Cross Licensing in Computer Technologies

July, 9th, 2019

By Andrew P. Siuta Advanced Micro Devices will soon release its new Ryzen 3000 series of processors, in yet another attempt to grab market share away from Intel.  The new 3000 series are expected to [Read More…]

When the Statue of Liberty Meets Intellectual Property Law

July, 3rd, 2019

By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr. and Shuya Duan Imagine you want to use an image of the Statue of Liberty as your product’s label, could you register it through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office [Read More…]

Patents: A Way to Attack, Defend, and Diplomacy

June, 27th, 2019

By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr. and Jacob J. Alexander In recent years the number and use of patents has grown exponentially. There were nearly 4 times as many patent applications filled in 2013 than in [Read More…]

“Highly” Patentable Subject Matter II: Colorado Court Rules Human Modified CBD Passes Alice Test

June, 11th, 2019

By Mackenzie L. Long On July 30, 2018 United Cannabis Corporation (“UCANN”) sued Pure Hemp Collective Inc. (“Pure Hemp”) for infringement of UCANN’s patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,730,911 (the “’911 patent”). The ’911 patent is [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Succeeds in Getting Allowance through Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Program

June, 11th, 2019

WHIPgroup attorneys succeeded in overcoming a final rejection using the Pre-Appeal Brief Conference program.  During prosecution, the USPTO rejected claims directed to a static electric induction system which minimizes hotspots and achieves uniform cooling.  In [Read More…]

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