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Inventor/Patent Holder Added to Kevin Spacey’s and Dana Brunetti’s Resume

Kevin Spacey, best known for his Oscar winning roles in Unusual Suspects, American Beauty, and the Netflix series House of Cards where he stars as President Frank Underwood, can now add inventor and patent holder to his resume. Kevin Spacey and longtime friend and co-worker Dana Brunetti were granted the patent for “Systems and Methods […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Whether Cheerleading Uniforms Are Eligible for Copyright Protection

Cheerleading and cheerleaders’ uniforms are not subject matter that one would typically associate with the United States Supreme Court, but that is about to change. The Supreme Court will hear a copyright dispute between two manufacturers of cheerleading uniforms, Varsity Brands Inc. and Star Athletica LLC.  The case involves the question of whether stripes, zigzags […]

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White House Critiques Non-Compete Agreements

The White House, citing a commitment to improve US trade secrecy law through the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), released a new report that critiques non-compete agreements and the state laws that fervently enforce those agreements. The report identifies that non-compete agreements are tied up with trade secret enforcement, but proposes a large number of […]

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Nebraska’s Upswing in Venture Capital Total a Positive Trend

Recently in a Washington Post opinion essay it was stated that 78 percent of venture capital goes to only three states: California, New York and Massachusetts. But Nebraska has also had a significant increase in venture capital  over the past few years. In 2012, venture capital for Nebraska startups and young tech firms totaled $3.1 million, […]

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Today in History: Edison Sues Over New Motion-Picture Technology

May 13, 1898, Thomas Edison sued the American Mutoscope Company claiming the studio infringed on his patent for the Kinetograph Camera. By this time in his career Edison had already invented the Phonograph or Speaking Machine, the Electric-Lamp and other important technologies. In 1887 he moved his Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory to Orange, New Jersey […]

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Obama Signs Federal Trade Secrets Bill Into Law

As an update to our April 28, 2016 article on the passage of the DTSA, Wednesday the 11th of May, President Barak Obama signed into law S.1890 , a bill that provides a new tool in preventing theft of trade secrets from companies. This legislation will amend the Espionage Act of 1996 to create a federal […]

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Golden State Warriors Trademark ‘Strength in Numbers’

A columnist from the San Francisco Chronical asked Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, if the team-building mantra “Strength in Numbers” was ideal for a t-shirt. Kerr smiled and said “Patent pending.” Little did that reporter know Steve Kerr may not have been kidding.  Although the mantra “Strength in Numbers” is not […]

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Patents in the Workplace – Who Owns Them?

When an individual develops an invention while employed, questions may arise as to who owns the rights to obtain a patent: the employee or the employer? There are many factors that come in to play in this situation. For one, did the employee ever sign an employment agreement or a pre-invention assignment? Many sophisticated companies […]

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Star Wars Day – May the 4th be with You

May the 4th, aka Star Wars Day. Some will celebrate by dressing up, others will watch a Star Wars marathon, but we will celebrate by regaling in the various patents and trademarks that were obtained for the Star Wars Empire.  Below is a list of a few of them.   1. Yoda’s design patent was […]

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Intellectual Property and Fitbit v. Jawbone

On Thursday April 29th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) invalidated a number of Jawbone patents, which have been the subject of the ongoing legal dispute between Fitbit and Jawbone. The official court filing states that the claims in certain Jawbone patents “seek a monopoly on the abstract ideas of collecting and monitoring sleep and […]

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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: Adhesive Tape

On this day in 1930 Richard Gurley Drew was granted the patent for Adhesive Tape. U.S. Patent No. 1,760,820. This invention relates in general to adhesives, adhesive compositions or adhesive sheets or coatings; more particularly to pressure energizable  adhesives, adhesive sheets or coatings, preferably water insoluble and normally non-drying.

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Patent of the Day: Gun for Shooting Marbles

On this day in 1903 Sylvester H. Strasser was granted the patent for Gun for Shooting Marbles. U.S. Patent No. 729,444. The object of this invention is to construct the barrel of the gun in a simple manner from sheet metal, at the same time adapting such barrel to receive and withstand the impact of […]

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Patent of the Day: Nursing Bottle Holder

On this day in 1927 Theresa Nuernberg filed the patent for Nursing Bottle Holder. This patent was granted May 22, 1928 as U.S. Patent No. 1,671,085. The object of this invention is to provide a device of this character which maybe conveniently attached to a baby carriage or to any other suitable support, and which is […]

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Patent of the Day: Medical Ozonizer

On this day in 1905 Marius Otto was granted the patent for Medical Ozonizer. U.S. Patent No. 790,655. This patent relates to a process of ozonization for therapeutic purposes. The medical ozonizer usually consists in principle of a small glass tube containing ozone, which is produced by Ruhmkorff coil, itself being operated by an ordinary […]

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Patent of the Day: Weather Strip

On this day in 1884 Perry Reynolds was granted the patent for Weather Strip. U.S. Patent No. 299,089 The object of this invention is to provide a weather-strip for the lower portion of the door which will shed the water from the outside and permit the escape of any water driven inside of the door. […]

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Patent of the Day: Riding-Skirt

On this day in 1896, Haskel Silverman was granted the patent for Riding-Skirt. U.S. Patent No. 560,602. This invention relates to ladies’ riding habits, and has for its object the construction of a riding-skirt which shall conform to the figure of the rider when seated upon the saddle present a graceful appearance, and be free […]

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Patent of the Day: Cow’s Tail Holder

On this day in 1915 Elmer Quick was granted the patent for Cow’s Tail Holder. U.S. Patent No. 1,140,186. This invention relates to the milking of cows, and the main object thereof is to so secure the tail of a cow that the cow may not switch its tail in an effort to rid itself […]

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Patent of the Day: Paper Clip

On this day in 1921, Clarence C. Collette was granted the patent for Paper Clip, U.S. Patent No. 1,378,525. This invention has for its object to produce a means for securing plurality of sheets together, commonly known as a paper clip wherein are formed sharply pointed projections for penetrating and engaging the sheet material, such […]

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Patent of the Day: Drive-In Theater

On this day in 1933, Richard J. Hollingshead was granted the patent for Drive-In Theater. U.S. Patent No. 1,909,537. His invention related more particularly to a novel construction in outdoor theaters wherein the performances, such as a motion picture show or the like, may be seen and heard from a series of automobiles so arranged […]

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Patent of the Day: Ant Trap

On this day in 1941, G.G. Wittwer et al. were granted the patent for Ant Trap. U.S. Patent No. 2,242,099. One of the objects of this invention is to provide an ant trap which is so constructed that it will stand a tremendous amount of rough handling or abuse, without the parts becoming displaced or […]

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Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp.: The Federal Circuit Finds Another Computer-Implemented Invention Patent-Eligible

By: Eric Newhouse –  Eric is a patent attorney with Suiter Swantz IP. He received his B.S. Degree in Computer Science from the University of South Dakota and his JD from Creighton University School of Law. According to Title 35, Section 101 of the United States Code, “whoever invents … any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of […]

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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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