Is the Ruling by the Supreme Court in Iancu v. Brunetti “FUCT” Up?

Is the Ruling by the Supreme Court in Iancu v. Brunetti “FUCT” Up? In 1990, Erik Brunetti (Brunetti) started the street-wear brand FUCT, pronounced as a spelled-out word F-U-C-T (an acronym for...


Coons and Stivers Reintroduce STRONGER Patents Act of 2019

Yesterday, July 10, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) reintroduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2019. Coons and Stivers were joined by Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL),...


Lawmakers Release Framework on Section 101 Patent Reform

On April 17, 2019, a bipartisan, bicameral framework for statutory reform of 35 U.S.C. § 101 was released by several members of the U.S. Congress. Among other things, the framework outlines a closed...


World IP Day 2019: IP and Sports

Today, April 26th, 2019 marks the 19th annual World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. Each year, IP offices, inventors, enterprises, and students are encouraged to celebrate the important role...


Supreme Court: Copyright Holders Must Obtain a Certification of Registration Before Initiating an Infringement Suit

A lesson in statutory textualism was given by the Supreme Court earlier this month in deciding Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, settling a longstanding rift between...


Cybersquatting on the Rise

As of 2018, 339.8 million domain names have been registered worldwide.[1] Of those 339.8 million domain names, 3,452 were involved in UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy)...


USPTO Releases 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

Last week the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released revised guidance on patent subject matter eligibility (35 U.S.C. § 101). “The 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter...


David Ruschke

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge David Ruschke Has Accepted a New Position

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge David Ruschke Has Accepted a New Position Andrei Iancu[1], Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), appointed the former Chief...


Honey Badger

Honey Badger Creator Does Care...About His Trademarks

“Ew! What’s that in its mouth? Oh, it’s got a cobra? Oh, it runs backwards? Now watch this. Look, a snake’s up in the tree. Honey Badger don’t care. It just takes what it wants.” You may...


Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court to Hear Circuit Split on Registration Requirement for Instituting Copyright Lawsuit

While copyright lawsuits are common, some feel the steps needed to bring a copyright infringement lawsuit could use a little more clarification. The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to...


Copyright Dispute over Marilyn Monroe’s “Last Sitting” Goes to Trial

Marilyn Monroe was one of the most iconic figures in the 1950s. She was a model, actress, singer, and has been photographed by famous photographers from all over. In 1962, fine art and commercial...


Opioids

OxyContin Manufacturer Granted Patent for Addiction Treatment

Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the addictive opioid OxyContin®, was recently granted a patent for a treatment option to those who are addicted to opioids, “Buprenorphine-Wafer for Drug Substitution...