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 […]

Don’t Be Mistaken for a Troll: Compliance with State Patent Legislation

February 3, 2015

By Adam Beckstrom George Washington was one of many early supporters of the patent system, recognizing it as essential to provide encouragement to inventors to produce new and useful inventions. Despite early support from many of the founding fathers, the patent system has also received a great deal of criticism throughout the history of this […]