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Benefits of NASA Space Directive on Mars could be Limited by Uncertain Software, Biotech Patentability
The belief in manifest destiny, despite having a somewhat checkered legacy, is a principle which had been indelibly etched into the American psyche back in the 19th century

Federal Circuit hands down mixed Nintendo ruling
On Wednesday, December 27, the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded part of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) ruling on a patent covering a movement sensor

Industry Insiders Make Patent Wishes for 2018
One of the longest running features on IPWatchdog is our Industry Insider’s series, which started out many years ago with an annual “wishes” article. Each year we invite industry insiders to make patent wishes for the new year

Will the Supreme Court continue to be influenced by patent reform?
We’ve analyzed all of the Supreme Court patent related decisions since 2005 comparing them to proposed patent related legislation pending at the time of the decision

SIPO launches PPH pilots with Chile and the Czech Republic
In conjunction with the National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile and the Czech Republic Industrial Property Office, the PPH schemes came into effect on Monday, January 1, 2018 and will conclude on December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

California judge hands down FRAND licence in Ericsson case
District Judge James Selna handed down his 115-page opinion on December 21, followed by a 25-page final judgment and injunction order the following day

IBM settles patent suit, sues Expedia over same patents
Technology multinational IBM settled a patent dispute with a company that manages travel websites, one day before suing US travel company Expedia over the same four patents

New year brings key judicial appointment and patent backlog progress in India
Shortly before our holiday break, IAM updated readers on the situation at the Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB)

AUTM Licensing Survey: Ominous trend likely attributable to eroding patent rights
Near the end of November, the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) released its 2016 Annual Licensing Activity Survey which provides a measure of the current state of U.S. economic activity which is driven by research & development taking place at U.S. academic institutions

Open Letter Exaggerates the Benefits of Recent Patent Reforms
On Thursday, December 14th, the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA) published an open letter which attempted to address recent criticisms regarding the current landscape of U.S. patent law, especially how recent patent reforms made both by Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have weakened innovation in our own country



Indian counterfeiters ordered to compensate Levi Strauss
Levi Strauss secured a win in India in late December, after a Delhi court ordered two defendants to pay the jeans manufacturer damages for counterfeiting

ISP warns that piracy may affect thermostats
A US-based internet service provider (ISP) has allegedly warned its customers that pirating content may result in a loss of functionality of their smart thermostats



TM applicant answers questions from Beyoncé and Topshop
A trademark applicant has responded to questions asked by Beyoncé and retailer Topshop in a clash over the trademark ‘Poison Ivy Park’

IHOP sues former franchisee over trademark infringement
IHOP Restaurants and IHOP Franchisor filed the claim at the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Friday, December 29, 2017

Mötley Crüe merchandiser sues T-shirt company SunFrog
GMS filed its claim at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday, December 28, 2017

Kardashian sisters continue to mull TM opposition
Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian appear to be taking their time considering whether to oppose a trademark filed for bakery goods

Uber name battle comes to an end
The case was voluntarily dismissed with prejudice by Uber Operations on Monday, December 25, 2017. It was then dismissed by a clerk from the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Tuesday, January 2, 2018



‘Inside Out’ copyright case rumbles on with opposition against Disney
A child development expert has opposed an attempt by Disney and Pixar to have a court dismiss a copyright case that she filed against the companies

Spanx hit with Sleevey Wonders IP claims
The claim (pdf) was filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California on December 21, 2017

Epic Games wins infringement case against YouTube advertiser
The company alleged that Yakovenko developed, advertised, used and distributed a software cheat for its multi-player survival video game, “Fortnite”


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Virgin attempted to hijack domain name, says WIPO panel
A cybersquatting dispute panel has issued a finding of reverse domain name hijacking against Virgin

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