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Case Update on 3M Co. v. Performance Supply
As an update to our earlier blog post, Judge Preska asked the defendant Performance Supply why she should not make the temporary restraining order permanent and ordered them to appear before her in person on May 4, 2020. They failed to show up, and t...
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When Can a Domain Name Be a Trademark? Supreme Court Will Decide
On Friday, November 8, 2019, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States Patent and Trademark Office et al. v. Booking.com BV, to decide whether “the addition by an online business of a generic top-level domain (“.com”) to an otherwise gene...
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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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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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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 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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