USPTO to Host Trade Secret Symposium

By | Trading Secrets | December 17, 2014
USPTO to Host Trade Secret Symposium

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Trade Secret Symposium on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The symposium will provide an opportunity for members of the public to hear from representatives of academia, government, legal practice and industry on important trade secret issues facing innovators today.

USPTO Releases Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

USPTO Releases Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

On December 15th, 2014, the USPTO released its much anticipated revised subject matter eligibility examination guidance to assist patent examiners evaluate inventions that may be related to any one of the three judicial exceptions to subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 – law of nature, natural phenomena, and/or an abstract idea. 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (“Interim Guidance“). 

The USPTO is Off-Key with International Patent Law Harmonization

By | PharmaPatents | November 18, 2014
The USPTO is Off-Key with International Patent Law Harmonization

As a leader in science, technology and innovation, the United States long has played a central role in global intellectual property matters. As the world’s largest economy, the United States has played a central role in trade policy, including its role in setting up the TRIPS agreements that made intellectual property rights a precondition for joining the WTO.

U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Sustains First Fraud Claim Since 2009

By | IP Law Watch | October 20, 2014
U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Sustains First Fraud Claim Since 2009

On September 30, 2014, in Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Mujahid Ahmad, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (Board) sustained a claim of fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the first time since the Federal Circuit issued its 2009 decision in In re Bose, upholding an opposition to the mark NATIONSTAR for various real estate brokerage, mortgage and management services.