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House Passes Trade Secrets Act

On April 27, 2016, by a vote of 410-2, the United States House of Representatives passed S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). In a general sense, a trade secret is information formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern etc., which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by others, and by which […]

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Offensive Trademarks and the Supreme Court

  On Tuesday April 25th, a federal appeals court ruled that a federal law barring the registration of “offensive” trademarks is an unconstitutional limitation on free speech. This may have a significant impact on whether the Washington Redskins are allowed to keep their trademark. In 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held that the […]

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Plagiarism Accusations and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Seven months ago the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics released their logo for the games, but had to quickly revamp it as they were accused of plagiarism. Kenjiro Sano, the original designer, was accused of plagiarizing the emblem of a Belgian playhouse; Sano maintains his work is original, but the committee was forced to […]

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Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee

On Monday, April 25, 2016, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hear oral arguments in Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee. One of the most interesting issues in question involves the proper claim construction the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) should apply when analyzing the validity of patents in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings. […]

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NMotion 2016 Cohort

Suiter Swantz IP would like to congratulate the members of the 2016 NMotion cohort.  Suiter Swantz IP will once again serve as a sponsor for NMotion and we are excited to meet all the new teams.  This year’s program will start on April 25th and end with demo day on July 26th.  For more information […]

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New Faces at Suiter Swantz IP

    We are very excited to announce the addition of two new patent agents, Troy Anderson and Kazuya Toyama. Troy holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Optics from CREOL, the College of Optics at the University of Central Florida, as well as a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska – […]

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Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

  Today is the birthday of Thomas Jefferson.  While Thomas Jefferson is best known as the third president of the United States, one of the Founding Fathers and main authors of the Declaration of Independence, few people realize that he was also an inventor, the first administrator of the American patent system and one of […]

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Companies Increasingly Trademark Hashtags

By: Jack Marshall –  The Wall Street Journal Companies are increasingly trying to “join the conversation” with consumers on social media services including Facebook and Twitter, but they’d rather their competitors didn’t join the conversation too. In an attempt to protect their intellectual property on social media sites and across the wider Internet, companies are […]

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9 Iconic Inventors Who Changed the World

By: Carolyn Sun – Entrepreneur For an invention to leave a significant mark on history, it’s impact needs to be major. Understandably, it doesn’t happen very often. Which means when it does happen, we should celebrate it. With that in mind, we wanted to highlight inventors who more than cleared the bar. The following nine […]

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9 Reasons Your Start-Up Needs Patents

  By James Cleary and Robert T.S. Latta 1.  Patents Get Venture Capital. Venture capitalists want to see patents.  67% of venture-backed startups report that patents were vital for them in securing investment.[1]  In a 2010 study, only 40% of startups held patents, 80% of startups that received venture capital owned patents.[2] 2.  Patents Can Help Stop The […]

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NMotion 2016 Cohort

Suiter Swantz IP would like to congratulate the members of the 2016 NMotion cohort.  Suiter Swantz IP will once again serve as a sponsor for NMotion and we are excited to meet all the new teams.  This year’s program will start on April 25th and end with demo day on July 26th.  For more information […]

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Big Omaha 2016 May 4- May 6

Several attorneys from Suiter Swantz IP will be attending Big Omaha 2016.  Big Omaha is an annual conference that brings together entrepreneurs, founders, investors and emerging leaders.  Big Omaha is held at KANEKO in the Omaha Old Market from May 4th to May 6th.  To learn more about Big Omaha click here.

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Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference 4/29/16

Matt Poulsen of Suiter Swantz IP will be a panelist at this year’s Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference.  The panel of attorneys will outline many of the legal issues commonly faced by entrepreneurs. Matt will discuss various intellectual property issues that startups and small business may encounter as they build their business. For more information about the conference click here.

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CLE: Intellectual Property Law Developments Seminar and Webinar 4/29/16

   Nicholas Grennan and Dallin Call of Suiter Swantz IP will be speaking at the Intellectual Property Law Developments CLE on April 29th at the Omaha Scott Conference Center. Nicholas and Dallin will discuss recent developments in the “indefiniteness standard” under 35  U.S.C. Section 112 of the Patent Law. To learn more about this CLE and to […]

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Nebraska MRSEC Job Symposium

Our own Matt Poulsen will be discussing patent law and alternative careers for STEM graduates this Friday the 25th around 2:45pm. This symposium will take place in 136 Jorgensen Hall on the UNL Campus. Click here to learn more about this event.  

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Omaha Startup Week: OEN Happy Hour 3/25 Sponsored by Suiter Swantz

  Come join us Friday the 25th from 4:30-6:30 for a Happy Hour Event at the Exchange Building Sponsored by Suiter Swantz. Hosting the event during Omaha Startup Week is Omaha Entrepreneur Network; during happy hour there will be a lot of focus and discussion on crowdfunding. Click here to register.

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Office Hours with Matt Poulsen 3/24 1-3pm at the Exchange Building

Our own Matt Poulsen will be hosting Office Hours during Omaha Startup Week, Thursday, March 24th from 1-3pm at the Exchange Building,  1905 Harney St, 800, Omaha, NE, 68102. Click here to see the schedule and reserve a time to speak with him.  

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Matthew Poulsen to discuss Patent Law at SDSU 1-27-16

Our own Matthew Poulsen will be discussing Patent Law at South Dakota State University, Wednesday, the 27th at 1:00pm.

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CLE by Chad Swantz: Patent Prosecution: Ethics and Conflicts 1/14/16

Our own Chad Swantz will be speaking with Tyson Benson about Patent Prosecution: Ethics and Conflicts Thursday, January 14, at the Roman Hruska law Center in Lincoln.  Please see below for more information. Patent Prosecution: Ethics and Conflicts Thursday, January 14, 2016 • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST Roman Hruska Law Center – 635 […]

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Diaper Drive 2015 Results

Thanks to everyone, this year, we were able to donate 2,195 diapers to the women and children of the Lydia House. Way to go!  

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Patent of the Day: Swimming Tube

On this day in 1930 the patent for Swimming Tube was granted. U.S. Patent No. 1,756,383.

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Patent of the Day: Edible Label for Bread and the Like

On this day in 1909 the patent for Edible Label for Bread and the Like was granted. U.S. Patent No. 919,736.

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Patent of the Day: Pyrotechnic Device (Fireworks)

On this day in 1908 the patent for Pyrotechnic Device was granted, U.S. Patent No. 885,689.

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Patent of the Day: Pattern Forming Puzzle and Method with Pieces Rotatable in Groups (Original Rubik’s Cube)

On this day in 1972 Larry Nichols was granted the patent for Pattern Forming Puzzle and Method with Pieces Rotatable in Groups, better known today at the Rubik’s Cube. U.S. Patent No. 3,655,201.  

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Patent of the Day: Apparatus for Consuming Smoke

On this day in 1902 the patent for Apparatus for Consuming Smoke was granted. U.S. Patent No. 697,069.

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Patent of the Day: Hand Fertilizer Dropper

On this day in 1908 the patent for Hand Fertilizer Dropper was granted. U.S. Patent No. 883,796.

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Patent of the Day: Bee Hive

On this day in 1842 the patent for Bee Hive was granted. U.S. Patent No. 2,539.    

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Patent of the Day: Stomach Pump

On this day in 1908 the patent for Stomach Pump was granted. U.S. Patent No. 883,583.      

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Patent of the Day: Sausage Stuffer

On this day in 1859 the patent for Sausage Stuffer was granted. U.S. Patent No. 23,416.

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Patent of the Day: Hydraulic Air Compressor

On this day in 1905 the patent for Air Compressor was granted. U.S. Patent No. 785,889.

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Yosemite Park Trademark Controversy

By: Jon Horneber – Jon is a registered patent agent with Suiter Swantz IP and received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Yosemite National Park has gorgeous vistas; the largest waterfall in North America; and landmark destinations known for decades as the Ahwahnee Hotel, Wawona Hotel, Curry Village, Yosemite […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh in On Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceedings

By: Matt Poulsen Oral arguments for Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee were heard by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on Monday August 25, 2016. One of the primary questions SCOTUS was faced with was whether the United States government has made it too easy for companies to challenge competitors’ patents via a procedure known […]

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Smartphone Wars Apple v. Samsung

By: Jon Horneber – Jon is a registered patent agent with Suiter Swantz IP and received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 2009, millions of dollars have been spent worldwide on litigating smartphone-related patent infringement cases in the “Smartphone Patent Wars.” The most well-known of these battles includes […]

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Patent Policy and the Promotion of Job Growth

By: Chad Swantz Patents stifle innovation. Patent trolls are the modern day robber barons. All patents are acquired by large corporations who operate to destroy small businesses. These statements reflect the views of many individuals regarding patents and patent owners. Whether you agree or disagree with these statements, I have no intention to change your […]

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Deck the Halls with IP Knowledge

By: Emily Benke It’s that time of year again, Christmas, a time where families gather to celebrate with gifts, giving and food. But what would Christmas be without all the traditions that accompany it. Some of the most beloved stories and traditions that we associate with Christmas are patented, trademarked and copyrighted. One tradition people […]

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The Fallout of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.

By: Dallin Call On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court decided that a district court’s factual findings would receive an added degree of deference. Rather than be treated under de novo review, the Supreme Court held that factual findings made by a district court in determining claim construction will be reviewed under a clear error […]

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A Closer Look into Patents and Non-Practicing Entities

By Shane R. Thielen Due in large part to serious misunderstandings of the law and a concerted effort by potential licensees who believe vilifying patent holders to be a cheaper alternative, the very concept of patents has taken a beating in the public consciousness. Conceptually, a patent is intended to incentivize research and development by […]

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