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ALS Association withdraws US Trademark Applications to Register “Ice Bucket Challenge”

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (“ALS”) has withdrawn its US Trademark Applications that include the phrases “ice bucket challenge” and ALS ice bucket challenge.  The group posted to Facebook explaining its decision: We’ve received several messages regarding the trademark applications we filed. We filed for these trademarks in good faith as a measure to protect […]

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First Inventor to File – 2014 USPTO Roadshow

The USPTO will be hosting seven roadshows across the country during September-October 2014 to increase the understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA).  The FITF provisions became effective on March 16, 2013.  The roadshows are designed to resolve the difficulties with the administrative processes and to provide […]

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Apple Files Patent Application for Sapphire Front/Back Displays

  In advance of the upcoming release of the Apple iPhone 6, a recent US Patent Application (SN 2014/0193606) published on July 10, 2014 discloses a sapphire glass component that is used on both front and back surfaces of electronic devices.  The sapphire component is formed with a single crystal plane orientation constructed from aluminum […]

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US Supreme Court Again Limits Business Method Patents After Bilski

The US Supreme Court in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International Et Al., 573 U.S. ___ (6/19/2014) (“Alice”)  has again held that the scope of patentable subject matter is narrow for business method patents. The representative method claim at issue in Alice recited the following steps: (1) “creating” shadow records for each counterparty […]

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US Supreme Court Attempts to Clarify Definiteness Requirement

  On June 2, 2014 the US Supreme Court in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. (No. 13-369) attempted to clarify the requirement for precise language as required in the US Patent Statute at 35 USC Section 112, paragraph 2. At issue in the case, which was appealed from the US Court of Appeals for […]

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