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Thinking about Using Trademarks to Capitalize on the COVID-19 Pandemic? Think Again.
Over the past few weeks, many entrepreneurially-minded people have filed trademark registration applications with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in apparent attempts to cash in on the current global health crisis. Example marks from this infl...
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USPTO and Copyright Office Announce Extensions to Deadlines Under the CARES Act
As an update to our earlier post regarding deadlines and operation of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the USPTO under the authority of the CARES Act announced extensions to the time allowed...
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How Patent Offices Outside the United States Are Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
It has been more than two weeks since the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a formal response to the COVID-19 pandemic announcing that certain petition fees could be waived for patent applicants who are personally impacted by the novel...
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Companies Must Evaluate and Respond to Data Security and Privacy Issues Raised by COVID-19
Remote work is a mandate for many companies during the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. With so many employees working from home, companies face increasing privacy and data security challenges as they conduct business remotely while attempting to p...
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How the USPTO is Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak
There is seemingly no aspect of our lives untouched by the coronavirus outbreak and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is no exception. While the examination of trademark and patent applications seems to be proceeding relatively no...
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The Supreme Court Speaks Unanimously: The USPTO Cannot Recover Legal Fees for Losing
On December 11, 2019, the Supreme Court unanimously decided that the term “expense” under §145 of the Patent Act does not include the salaries of the USPTO’s legal personnel, and put an end to the USPTO’s attempts to recover attorneys’ fees in court...
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