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Yes, “March Madness” is a Registered Trademark


March is in full swing. While some may be hoping for spring and warmer weather, others will be hoping their favorite college basketball team will get...

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USPTO to Announce New Patent Design and 10 Millionth Patent at SXSW


At this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas, the USPTO will announce the issuance of the 10 millionth patent. To commemorate the...

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Ford Seeks to Patent Autonomous Police Car that Can Ticket Drivers


Ford, one of the largest manufacturers of police fleet vehicles, is taking their work with law enforcement one step further. The car company made...

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Use it or Lose it: The Cleveland Indians and Chief Wahoo


A few weeks ago, the Cleveland Indians announced that they would discontinue the use of their Chief Wahoo logo in response to mounting pressure from...

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African American Innovators Throughout History


February is Black History Month and all of us at Suiter Swantz IP wanted to take this opportunity to take a look at some of the African American...

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Italian Company Wins Trademark for “Steve Jobs”


One of the most recognized names in the world is the late Apple Co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs. He is known around the world for being on the...

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Fun Intellectual Property Associated with Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is here again.  To most, Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love and the color red, but for many businesses, Valentine’s Day is...

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The Army Opposes NHL’s Golden Knights Trademark


Those who follow the National Hockey League (NHL) are familiar with the league’s new expansion team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Known for their...

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Dogs Use Patent-Pending Technology to Sniff Out Bombs


In the wake of recent tragedies such as the Boston Marathon bombing and the London bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena,...

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Federal Circuit Decision Signals Significance of Claim Construction in Statutory Subject Matter Analysis


On January 10, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“the Court”) handed down its decision (“the Decision”) in Finjan,...

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Supreme Court Declined to Hear Case on Google’s Trademark as Generic


On Monday, October 16th, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari of a petition that stated Google has become a generic verb which...

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Spotify Sued for $1.6 billion over Copyright Infringement


California-based Wixen Music Publishing has sued the streaming music provider, Spotify for $1.6 billion. The lawsuit was filed in the US District...

Apple Applies for Patent on Self-Driving Car


While Uber and Waymo have been in the news for their self-driving cars and the patented technology behind them, Apple has been secretly working on...

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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...

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How to Select Your Business Name and Trademark


A few months ago, I served as a mentor for Breakthrough Weekend in which groups of students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha competed against...

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Amazon Patents Self-Destructing Drone


Amazon was recently in the news for one of their patent applications dealing with advances in drone technology. Amazon was granted a patent for its...

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“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree” a Look at Your Intellectual Property


Christmas trees are an essential element of Christmas and the holiday season. According to the American Christmas Tree Association’s (ACTA) seventh...

May the Fourth be with You

May the 4th be with Star Wars Intellectual Property


Since the first film of the Star Wars saga, released in 1977, George Lucas and Lucasfilm have become profoundly adept at dealing with legal matters...

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Bud Light Sends Town Crier to Deliver Cease-and-Desist Notice


Bud Light certainly has a sense of humor when it comes to cease-and-desist notices. Modist Brewing, a craft brewing company located in Minneapolis,...

Oral Arguments Heard by Supreme Court in Oil States Energy v. Greene’s Energy


Monday November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group,...