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Inter Partes Review Reaches its Third Birthday

October 28, 2015

By Laurence Cheng Inter partes review (“IPR”) turned three years old in September and it seems that the widespread adoption of the proceedings in lieu of district court litigation will only continue to increase in the coming years. The preceding three years have demonstrated a number of uses for IPR, including defense against “patent trolls,” […]

USPTO Announces Second Round of Proposed AIA Rule Changes

August 31, 2015

By Mark Ford and Kristian Blomquist On August 19, 2015, the USPTO announced a second round of proposed rule changes to proceedings under the America Invents Act (“AIA”) (e.g., Inter-Partes Reviews (“IPR”), Post Grant Reviews (“PGR”) and Covered Business Methods (“CBM”)). (The proposed rule changes can be found here: Federal Register). The USPTO conducted a “listening […]

Concurrent Trademark Use: Is the Dawn Donut Rule Still Viable?

March 18, 2015

By Rachel Jaques Understanding the scope of protection that is granted by a federal trademark registration is vitally important. Some trademark owners may believe that federal registration grants automatic nationwide protection against another’s infringing use. While this rule is generally true there are a few important exceptions that all trademark owners and intellectual property counsel […]

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Publications

Inter Partes Review Reaches its Third Birthday

October 28, 2015

By Laurence Cheng Inter partes review (“IPR”) turned three years old in September and it seems that the widespread adoption of the proceedings in lieu of district court litigation will only continue to increase in the coming years. The preceding three years have demonstrated a number of uses for IPR, including defense against “patent trolls,” […]

USPTO Announces Second Round of Proposed AIA Rule Changes

August 31, 2015

By Mark Ford and Kristian Blomquist On August 19, 2015, the USPTO announced a second round of proposed rule changes to proceedings under the America Invents Act (“AIA”) (e.g., Inter-Partes Reviews (“IPR”), Post Grant Reviews (“PGR”) and Covered Business Methods (“CBM”)). (The proposed rule changes can be found here: Federal Register). The USPTO conducted a “listening […]

Concurrent Trademark Use: Is the Dawn Donut Rule Still Viable?

March 18, 2015

By Rachel Jaques Understanding the scope of protection that is granted by a federal trademark registration is vitally important. Some trademark owners may believe that federal registration grants automatic nationwide protection against another’s infringing use. While this rule is generally true there are a few important exceptions that all trademark owners and intellectual property counsel […]

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