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  • The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held hearings on whether privately developed safety standards later adopted as law can be protected by copyright. Private organization such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) develop voluntary consensus standards for products and services in the United States, and coordinate US standards with […]

  • The US Supreme Court has agreed to rule on whether federal trademark law governs a case involving labeling of a product regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). POM Wonderful LLC and Coca-Cola Co. are engaged in a dispute over Coca-Cola’s labeling of a drink as “pomegranate blueberry juice.” The drink’s label says “Pomegranate […]

  • The US Supreme Court has heard arguements toresolve a dispute between Limelight Networks Inc. and Akamai Technologies over a patent for delivering Internet content. Akamai holds a patent for a method to redirect Internet content when demand is high. The company claims that defendant Limelight performs all but one step described in the patent and […]

  • The US Supreme Court has heard arguements toresolve a dispute between Limelight Networks Inc. and Akamai Technologies over a patent for delivering Internet content. Akamai holds a patent for a method to redirect Internet content when demand is high. The company claims that defendant Limelight performs all but one step described in the patent and […]

  • The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving the standards for determining whether a patent for a heart-rate monitor is invalid as indefinite. The case between Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc. involves a monitor mounted on exercise equipment (such as an exercise bicycle, treadmill, or elliptical trainer). The user’s hands each […]

  • The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving the standards for determining whether a patent for a heart-rate monitor is invalid as indefinite. The case between Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc. involves a monitor mounted on exercise equipment (such as an exercise bicycle, treadmill, or elliptical trainer). The user’s hands each […]

  • Thirteen countries have signed an agreement that provides patent applicants with an opportunity to request accelerated examination – and, potentially, early patent grants – in the signatory states. For several years, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and patent offices in a number of other countries have participated in bilateral pilot programs called the […]

  • Thirteen countries have signed an agreement that provides patent applicants with an opportunity to request accelerated examination – and, potentially, early patent grants – in the signatory states. For several years, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and patent offices in a number of other countries have participated in bilateral pilot programs called the […]

  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has eliminated the presumption of irreparable harm when trademark owners seek preliminary or permanent injunctions against alleged infringers. This means that trademark owners must now show that they would suffer actual irreparable harm in order to obtain injunctions. The case of Herb Reed Enterprises, LLC v. Fla. Ent. Mgmt. […]

  • Pintrips, Inc., a startup travel planning company, has called Pinterest Inc. a “trademark bully” for suing over its use of the word “pin.” Pintrips contends that “pin” is a generic verb that can’t be reserved for the exclusive use of one company. Image Via First2Board A “generic” term is one that is merely the accepted […]

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