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US Patent and Trademark Office Launches Online Toolkit for Trademarks

        The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched an online toolkit to help individuals with basic information concerning trademarks.  The website is located here. The Trademark Toolkit includes a link to: General information about trademarks; How to respond to a Cease and Desist letter; What to do if an infringement […]

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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The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (“ALS”) has withdrawn its US Trademark Applications that include the phrases “ice bucket challenge” and ALS ice bucket challenge.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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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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