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New U.S. IP Czar to Battle Patent Infringement

new ip czar fighting patent infringementOn August 3, the U.S. Senate confirmed Vishal Amin as chief adviser on IP enforcement to the President of the United States – a position commonly referred to as the “U.S. IP Czar.”

 

What’s in a name?

 

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SCOTUS Expands IP Rights by Invalidating Disparagement Clause

no more disparagement clauseThe U.S. government derives its ability to issue patents from the Lanham Act, also known as the “Trademark Act of 1946.” Within it are the standards by which the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) judges a trademark’s registration …

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July Amendments to the PCT Regulations

july amendments to the pctOn July 1, three amendments to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Regulations took effect. The amendments impact PCT Rules 12bis, 23bis, 41, 45bis, 86 and 95. Here’s how the new amendments will impact innovators who are interested in PCT filing.…

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EPO on Plants and Animals: Clarifying and Creating Loopholes

EPO on plant and animal patentsOn June 29, 2017, the 38 contracting states of the European Patent Office (EPO) finally closed a loophole left open 18 years ago regarding the patentability of plants and animals… and opened a new one. The story is a bit …

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The Difference Between a Copyright and a Patent

difference between a copyright and patentIn developing a strategy for protecting intellectual property (IP), some innovators wonder if a copyright is just as effective as getting a patent. It’s an appealing option since copyrights are less expensive and easier to obtain than patents. However, the …

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