Independence Day Innovation


The Fourth of July is right around the corner.  As you prepare for your annual Fourth of July festivities, you might be surprised that intellectual...

New Technology Tells Uber if You’re Drunk


Uber has changed the way people get to and from places, especially those that may have had one cocktail too many. In March of 2018, it was reported...

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South Dakota Innovation


Although many associate outdoor wonders such as Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, and the Badlands with South Dakota, the state also has a rich history...

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Play-Doh is Granted Trademark on Signature Scent


There are not too many people in the world that don’t have some sort of memory of playing with PLAY-DOH® when they were a child. Tearing the lid...

The 10 Millionth Patent Issued


The 10 millionth patent has issued! In addition to this milestone, this patent will also be the first issued patent with the newly released patent...

The CAFC Finds the Term “Substantially Filled” is Not Indefinite in Tinnus v. Telebrands


On May 30, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) entered a decision in Tinnus Enterprises v. Telebrands Corporation...

Nike Sues Puma for Patent Infringement


Nike, the Oregon based sportswear company, is the largest sportswear manufacturer in the world. Nike was founded on January 25, 1964, as Blue Ribbon...

Issuance of the 10 Millionth Patent Nears


It has been over 225 years since the first patent was issued. Samuel Hopkins was granted the first patent in the United States on July 31, 1790, for...

Berkheimer v. HP Inc.


On February 8, 2018, the Federal Circuit issued a decision, which addressed issues related to patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. See...

Rap Icon Dr. Dre Loses Trademark Battle Against Dr. Drai, OB/GYN


Dr. Dre, the rapper, producer, creator of Beats headphones, and discoverer of famous rap artists such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and 50 Cent, was recently...

May 25, 2018, The Release of Solo: A Star Wars Story


Today, May 25, 2018, is the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Solo: A Star Wars Story is an installment of the Star Wars franchise which kicked off...

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USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Oversight of USPTO


On Wednesday, April 18th, Andrei Iancu, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) appeared at the Senate Judiciary...

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Court Finds Animals Do Not Have Legal Capacity to Hold a Copyright Claim


The Ninth Circuit wasn’t “monkeying around” when they handed out their decision in the famous monkey selfie copyright lawsuit.  The selfie saga...

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Waymo and Uber Settle Trade Secrets Dispute


One of the most contentious legal battles over self-driving car technology between Uber and Waymo has finally come to an end. We previously wrote...

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Can Embedding an Image in a Social Media Post be Copyright Infringement?


In 2016, Justin Goldman took a picture of New England Patriots’ quarterback, Tom Brady, walking with the president and manager of the Boston...

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Amazon Files Patent Application on Technology That Could Analyze Conversations


By now, everyone is familiar with Amazon Alexa and other voice command-based technologies.   These technologies typically require a user to address...

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LeBron James Accuses the University of Alabama of Copyright Infringement


Star of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, is not pleased with the University of Alabama’s latest endeavor. Recently, the University of...

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World IP Day


Today is World IP Day and this year’s theme is “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity.” The United States Patent and Trademark...

Supreme Court Rules AIA Reviews are Constitutional


Inter Partes Review On April 24, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two opinions pertaining to inter partes review (IPR); a relatively new mechanism...

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USPTO Director Iancu Wants to Change the Current Patent Dialogue


Andrei Iancu, director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Patent Policy Conference on...