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post image Generic marks as valuable commercial information from

For trademark practitioners, genericness usually has a bad name. If a mark is generic, you can’t register it, no matter how much you use it. If your mark was once distinctive, but if it ...

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post image A Tree Grows in Colombia: New Patent Provides Local Color from

In what may be a first, a new U.S. patent includes a statement about the geographic location of the colorant composition. The patent – U.S. Patent No. 9,376,569 – issued June 28, 2016 ...

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WIPO Members Work To Toughen Up Procedures For Investigations Of High-Level Officials from

Member governments of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) are working intensively in a closed-door session today to make changes to the way allegations of wrongdoing against high-ranking WIPO officials are handled. What is ...

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Judge Dyk’s Confirmation Hearing from

People seem to find it interesting to look back at the confirmation hearings of the Federal Circuit judges.  Judge Dyk’s testimony is listed below.  I edited out most of the answers of the others ...

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Apple v. Samsung, Part ?? (not the Supreme Court case) from

I've lost count of the rounds back and forth in Apple v. Samsung. But another opinion issued today, and it was a doozy. When we last left our intrepid litigants in late March, the ...

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Gurry Off The Hook, Investigation Ends, WIPO Says from

The member governments of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization, after considering a confidential UN investigation report on whistleblower charges against WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, have decided to end the case without discipline, WIPO ...

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A couple of observations about Apple v. Samsung from

It did seem odd that the Federal Circuit didn’t conduct oral argument or further briefing in the Apple v. Samsung en banc decision.  Others have tried to explain away the decision as being unnecessary ...

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Webcast on Addressing §101 Patent Eligibility Rejections from

The Knowledge Group will offer a live webcast entitled "Addressing §101 Patent Eligibility Rejections: Getting Off the Hook" on October 12, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (EST). Seth M. Cannon of ...

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USPTO Patent Quality Chat Webinar Series from

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be offering the next webinar in its Patent Quality Chat webinar series from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (ET) on October 11, 2016. Anthony Knight, Director ...

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