The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently designated five opinions as “precedential.”
As the hustle and bustle of the INTA 2016 Annual Meeting drew to a close yesterday, I reflected on the session “#HASHTAGS #EverythingYouNeedToKnow” from Tuesday.It seems trademark protection may not (yet) fit comfortably into the hashtag world.
So, the UPC is coming in 2017. Patent owners have considered which of their crown-jewel European patents to opt-out of the system during the transitional period to avoid its unitary effect (a single action may revoke the patent in all designated states that are participating in the UPC).
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published a notice of proposed changes to the rules of practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), particularly to trademark application oppositions and registration cancellation proceedings.
A few months ago, we noted that a Yelp employee’s online “negative review” of her employer might be protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), given that the National Relations Labor Board (NLRB) has become increasingly aggressive in protecting an employee’s right to discuss working conditions in a public forum, even when that discussion involves obscenities or disparaging the employer. This trend has prompted us to report previously on the death of courtesy and civility under the NLRA.
Google has been granted a patent for a system that would adhere victims of auto collisions to a self-driving vehicle.
The Federal Circuit, in In re: TC Heartland LLC (No. 2016-105), recently issued an opinion denying TC Heartland’s petition for a writ of mandamus to direct the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to either dismiss or transfer the patent infringement suit filed against it by Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (“Kraft”).
The federal courts of appeals have split as to how to apply the doctrine of nominative fair use in trademark infringement cases.
In follow up to our earlier post the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied TC Heartland LLC’s (“TC”) petition for a writ of mandamus to direct the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to either dismiss or transfer the patent infringement suit filed against it by Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (“Kraft”).
The UK government has announced its intention to increase the maximum custodial sentence for online copyright infringement from two years to ten years.