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Bring on the New Year?What is in Store for IP in 2014?
December 31, 2013

    Happy New Year to all of our FilewrapperÒ followers! We hope 2013 was a productive year and wish you the best in 2014. As the New Year quickly approaches we would like to share with you a few predictions for 2014 for you to look forward to and for which to prepare! · Increased opportunities for quasi-litigation under AIA. Various new mechanisms are available to challenge patents under the Am....... Read More


    H.R. 3309 ? The Innovation Act
    December 17, 2013

      On December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passedH.R. 3309, the "Innovation Act", with bipartisan support by an overwhelming margin of 325-91 votes. H.R. 3309 was drafted to address the perceived growing problem of abusive patent litigation attributed to alleged “patent trolls.” Early next year, the Senate will likely consider a companion bill, S. 1720, the "Patent Transpar....... Read More


      Changes to Implement and Guidelines for Examination under AIA
      March 19, 2013

        The United States Patent and Trademark Office has released its rules regarding changes under first inventor to file provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. The rules published by the USPTO in the Federal Register on March 16, 2013 provide guidelines for implementing the new patent law and guidelines for examination of patent applications under the new standards. The documents cover a broad range of t....... Read More


        New and Useful - January 23, 2013
        January 23, 2013

          · In Wax v. Amazon Techs., the Federal Circuit upheld the TTAB’s denial of registration of the mark AMAZON VENTURES. Applicant filed and intent-to-use application to register the mark for “investment management, raising venture capital for others, . . . and capital investment consultation.” Amazon Technologies, Inc.—online retailer and owner of several AMAZON.COM marks&mdas....... Read More


          New and Useful - Janurary 14, 2013
          January 14, 2013

            · The Supreme Court handed down its decision in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc. The Court held that Nike’s covenant not to sue Alreadyfor alleged infringement of Nike’s AIR FORCE 1 trademark—entered into after Nike had filed suit and Already had filed a counterclaim challenging the mark’s validity—rendered both Nike’s claims and Already’s counterclaims moot. Th....... Read More


            Another Billion Dollar Patent Verdict
            January 03, 2013

              Another billion dollar verdict has been handed out in a patent case. Read the verdict in Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell Technology Group, LTD. here. This latest case continues a string of billion dollar verdicts highlighted by Jonathan Kennedy in the latest edition of MVS Briefs. Carnegie Mellon brought suit alleging infringement of two of its patents, Patent No. 6,201,839 and Patent No. 6,438,180, relat....... Read More


              USPTO will remain open until April 18 in the event of government shutdown
              April 08, 2011

                In a press release, the USPTO stated it has sufficient available funds not tied to the current fiscal year that it will be able to remain open for six days following any shutdown of government functions. Based on the current appropriations, that would put the USPTO open until April 18, assuming a shutdown begins April 11. After that time, limited functions should still be available, including accepting new elec....... Read More


                Copyright Office issues new DMCA exemptions: iPhone jailbreaking, noncommercial use of DVD snippets
                July 26, 2010

                  Every three years, the United States Copyright Office seeks proposals for exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). As part of the DMCA, it became unlawful to circumvent access control measures copyright holders used to secure their copyrighted works. For example, it is arguably a violation of the DMCA to use a program to "break" the content scrambling system ("CSS&q....... Read More


                  USPTO proposes tiered system for patent application examination speed
                  June 03, 2010

                    In a press release today, the USPTO has proposed a tiered examination system where applicants could choose to pay a higher fee in exchange for quicker examination of an application or could opt for a delay of up to 30 months before docketing for examination. This is the latest in Director Kappos' attempts to control application pendency at the Office.The "prioritized examination" track would be mu....... Read More


                    USPTO releases strategic plan for 2007-2012
                    March 26, 2007

                      Today the USPTO released its strategic plan for the next five years, 2007-2012. The summary is available here, and the full plan here. Some thoughts on the strategic plan after the jump.After a quick read-through, much of the strategic plan appears to be a "let's keep doing what we're doing right and stop doing what we're not" kind of document, but there are a few items that should be noted. Patents Of cours....... Read More


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