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USPTO to release new patent filing system in 2018
The US Patent and Trademark Office is set to release a new “user friendly” electronic filing system for patent applications in 2018

Youth sports alliance tackles Xerox with patent suit
Midwest Athletics and Sports Alliance (MASA) accused Xerox of infringing 20 patents related to printing and scanning, in a claim filed at the US District Court for the District of Nebraska on Wednesday, December 13

Technicolor in “advanced stages” of talks to sell off patent licensing business, CEO says
Yesterday, Technicolor told investors that it is negotiating a “strategic transaction” relating to its patent licensing business

We pick our US patent market stories of the year
It’s that time of year when we reflect on the events of the past 12 months – and it’s fair to say that 2017 has been particularly busy in the US

Tessera settles litigation with Broadcom
Tessera Technologies, a subsidiary of Xperi Corporation, has settled all pending litigation with semiconductor company Broadcom

Federal Circuit backs PTAB decision following HTC appeal
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision in a dispute between telecoms companies HTC and ZTE and a subsidiary of patent licensing firm Acacia

PTAB: State Waives Eleventh Amendment Immunity by Filing Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Earlier today the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied a motion filed by the University of Minnesota in a series[1] of inter partes review (IPR) cases

Venue Options for Patent Owners After TC Heartland and In re Cray
In 1990, the Federal Circuit held that Congress’s 1988 amendment of the general venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1391, affected the interpretation of “reside[]” within the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b)

Patent Marking Burden of Production on Alleged Infringer, Burden of Persuasion on Patentee
After unsuccessfully defending a patent infringement lawsuit, Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc. (“BRP”) appealed the district court’s denial of its motion for judgment as a matter of law

Federal Circuit brings lock patent row back to life
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Court has vacated a lower court’s entry of summary judgment in a clash over locks that airport security workers can open

iRobot settles with Black & Decker
iRobot, the maker of the Roomba line of robot vacuum products, accused Black & Decker of patent infringement back in April at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts

PTAB dents sovereign immunity claim in University of Minnesota case
The US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has taken aim at sovereign immunity, ruling that the University of Minnesota must defend against challenges brought against five of its patents



EU General Court can’t see difference in glasses trademark dispute
In a decision handed down yesterday, December 14, the EU General Court rejected N & C Franchise’s appeal and ordered it to pay all costs

Iancu one step closer to USPTO director confirmation
Yesterday, December 14, Iancu was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The full Senate will now have the final vote on his nomination to lead the office

Four EU General Court rulings from this week and why they matter
Sony was handed victory at the EU General Court on Tuesday, December 12, after the court reversed a revocation of Sony’s trademark

Ban on ‘scandalous’ trademarks is unconstitutional, says Fed Circuit
On Friday, December 15, the Federal Circuit overturned a decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) which refused a trademark registration for the mark ‘Fuct’

Indian Supreme Court rejects Toyota ‘Prius’ case
The Supreme Court of India has confirmed that trademark rights are territorial, not global, in rejecting a trademark case brought by Toyota

Apple takes issue with pharmacy’s trademark
Apple has filed an opposition with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) against an application filed by a pharmacy

Ban on ‘Immoral” and ‘Scandalous’ Trademarks Ruled Unconstitutional
We do not often see “the F word” discussed in judicial opinions, but a ruling on December 15, 2017 was an important and somewhat comedic exception, which officially opened the floodgates to federal registration of many more (but still not all) trademarks regardless of their content

CJEU rules on Schweppes trademark exhaustion dispute
Europe’s highest court issued a ruling today on a trademark exhaustion dispute, providing advice on whether Schweppes can oppose the importation into Spain of Schweppes-branded goods from the UK

Aldi must prove Champagne taste in TM clash, rules CJEU
Retailer Aldi must prove that one of the essential characteristics of its product, ‘Champagner Sorbet’, is that its taste is primarily attributable to Champagne

Trademark owners less prolific in 2016 domain disputes, statistics show
The percentage of domain name disputes won by trademark owners fell in 2016, statistics from ICANN reveal

Louboutin secures red sole trademark win in India de dezembro
French designer Christian Louboutin has secured damages for the infringement of its red sole trademark in India

Making Sense of the Nonsensical: A look at Scent Trademarks and their Complexities
Hasbro’s recent application to trademark the scent of Play-Doh is an example of how companies in the digital age market their products and protect their market share by using an complex intellectual property strategies


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Facebook removed nearly 3 million infringing posts in first half of 2017
Social media company Facebook has revealed it removed nearly 3 million posts in the first half of 2017 following IP infringement complaints



PIPCU seizes £100k of fake clothing, urges consumers to shop savvy
The City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has urged Christmas shoppers to be on the look-out for fake goods, just days after seizing £100,000 ($134,020) worth of fake luxury clothing

IACC signs agreement to help Danish IP owners in China
The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) and the Danish Consulate General, Shanghai have signed an agreement to enhance brand protection efforts undertaken by Danish companies in China



Two men jailed for selling unauthorised Microsoft keys
In a statement released on Wednesday, December 13, the US attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida outlined the decision, which was handed down by US District Judge Paul Byron

Pokémon wins A$1 in Australian copyright dispute
Pokémon Company International, the US-based entity which manages the brand’s IP, has won a copyright infringement lawsuit against online marketplace Redbubble

General Mills settles altercation over fruit and nut bars
Consumer goods company General Mills has settled a trade dress and copyright infringement dispute over fruit and nut bars

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