On May 30, 2017 the Supreme Court made it clear that “a patentee’s decision to sell a product exhausts all patent rights in the product regardless of any restrictions the patentee purports to impose or the location of the sale”, i.e., in the U.S. or elsewhere. Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark... Continue Reading
On May 22, 2017 the United States Supreme Court in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC held that a domestic corporation resides only in its state of incorporation for purposes of the patent venue statute, i.e., 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). This decision may have a significant negative impact on “forum... Continue Reading
In SCA Hygiene Products AB v. First Quality Baby Products LLC, Case No. 15-927 (Mar. 21, 2017), the United States Supreme Court held that “[l]aches cannot be interposed as a defense against damages where the infringement occurred within the period prescribed by [35 U.S.C.] § 286.”
The Supreme Court relied on its... Continue Reading
The USPTO has instituted a permanent audit program under which it will conduct random audits of at least 10% of all maintenance and renewal filings to assure that the goods and services claimed are actually in use
As part of the review of the selected filings, in addition to the one specimen of use per class... Continue Reading
Following a lengthy Opposition proceeding, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) found in favor of our client and held that TEQUILA may be registered as a geographic certification mark in the United States. The 75 page decision (including a 12 page appendix) which issued on January 23, 2017, was the first... Continue Reading
Effective December 1, 2018 a less expensive and more reliable process is available to passive internet service providers that avail themselves of the benefits of safe harbor provisions of DMCA arising out of having an agent designated for take down notices.
In an effort to provide more easily accessible current... Continue Reading
On June 28, 1955, Angostura Bitters Ltd. received a registration for their brand of aromatic bitters used to flavor drinks:
ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters is a highly concentrated food and beverage flavouring. Made from a secret formula, it is a unique blend of natural herbs and spices that is used to flavour a wide... Continue Reading
On August 13, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., a case remanded from the US Supreme Court relating to the law of infringement, and what happens when elements of the patent claims are performed by multiple... Continue Reading
On July 27, 2015 the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Ireland introduced new regulations to strengthen the protection of the geographical integrity of Irish spirit drinks. The regulation becomes effective on October 30, 2015.
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used to indicate regional origin of... Continue Reading
Amgen vs. Sandoz provides the first substantive appellate interpretation of what is generally referred to as the “patent dance” under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA). The July 21, 2015 decision by the Federal Court establishes definitive guidelines regarding patent challenge... Continue Reading