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Will Patent Grants Keep Escalating in US?

Will Patent Grants Keep Escalating in US?

US utility patents have issued at a more rapid pace in the last ten years – see bar graph.  While it took almost 15 years (from 1976 to 1991) for one-million US utility patents to issue between US Pat. 4,000,000 and US Pat. 5,000,000, the pace of patenting has...

Watch Out for Trademark Scams and Misleading Notices

Watch Out for Trademark Scams and Misleading Notices

In the last few months, I’ve received several calls and e-mails from clients who want to know if they should pay an invoice that they received from a “Patent and Trademark Resource Center” or “Patent and Trademark Organization,” or the like. Toss these in...

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Will Delaware Again Be the Top Patent Litigation District?

Will Delaware Again Be the Top Patent Litigation District?

In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 US ___ (2017) the Supreme Court on May 22, 2017 held that the residence requirement of the patent infringement venue statute 28 USC 1400(b) refers only to a defendant’s State of Incorporation. The...

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No More Bitching About “Disparaging” Trademarks

No More Bitching About “Disparaging” Trademarks

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled in Matal v. Tam, No. 15-1293, that the disparagement provision of Section 2(a) of the US Trademark Act is unconstitutional because under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, “Speech may not be banned on...

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