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
On June 4, 2015 the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) issued a “preliminary ruling” clarifying the standard used to determine if a food label misleads consumers. Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände v. Teekanne GmbH & Co. KG, No. C-195/14 (E.C.J., order entered June 4, 2015).... Continue Reading
On June 25th, 2015, Judge John Gleeson of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York, granted a Motion for Civil Contempt filed by Abelman, Frayne & Schwab on behalf of its client, Sportco, Inc. against TRT Tactical, LLC.
In November 2014, Sportco had entered into a Consent Judgment... Continue Reading
The Federal Circuit has provided additional clarification about how “broadest reasonable interpretation” (BRI) is to be applied in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings, bringing BRI claim interpretation standards closer to those applied by the courts.
In its June 16, 2015 Decision in Microsoft Corporation vs.... Continue Reading
Even breakthrough technology can be patent ineligible. On June 12, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its opinion in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. This decision included a majority opinion by two of the three judges on the panel, and a “concurrence” that signal an extremely... Continue Reading