Beer and Beer Taps

A Brief History of Beer and Patents

The brewing of beer has been recorded for over 7,000 years. Originally a by-product of an agrarian culture, the brewing of beer evolved into a domestic profession performed by brewsters (a term...


United States Patent and Trademark Office

Recent Developments Regarding the Use of Inter Partes Review Proceedings to Challenge Patents

I. Introduction Inter partes review (IPR) is a trial proceeding conducted before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). An alternative to...


Nebraska Seal

Update on Nebraska LB67: Adopt the Fair Repair Act

On March 9th, 2017, Nebraska LB67: Adopt the Fair Repair Act was heard by the Judiciary Committee in Room 1113 at the Capitol. LB67 includes statutory language allowing independent repair shops and...


Apple (Inc.) – Can the Smell of an Unopened MacBook Box be Trademarked?

TwelveSouth, a maker of accessories for the Apple, Inc. line of electronic products, recently unveiled an accessory that appears rather technologically challenged in comparison to their regular...