Current USPTO policy is to refuse all cannabis-related trademark applications other than hemp derived products that contain less than .3% THC. This policy has forced the cannabis industry to use creative alternatives to protect their brands.
IP management goes far beyond the pure protection of IPRs, and many small and medium-sized enterprises are searching for a proactive way to utilize their rights.
In the case, In re: Ron Maatita, CAFC 2017-2037, decided August 20, 2018, the CAFC held that just because an object has three dimensions, does not mean that the ornamental design aspects cannot be disclosed and judged from a two-dimensional, plan or planar-view perspective.
Dennemeyer & Associates' Frosecution™ solution is a creative approach to patent preparations. In this article featured in WIPR - World IP Review, Steven Shape, Dr. Malte Köllner & Cary Levitt explain how one Dennemeyer office takes responsibility for the entire lifecycle of international patent applications, including filing and prosecution through to grant.
For a UKIPO validity opinion, only newly raised grounds will be analyzed, but these can include insufficiency and added matter arguments, as well as arguments based on novelty and / or inventive step.
Following a pilot program conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the USPTO is considering and implementing some new procedures that will have a big effect on trademark filers, especially those belonging to foreign companies.
Trade secrets have long played a somewhat shadowy existence if compared to their counter fellows in Intellectual Property, especially the mighty patents. The good news is that nowadays they receive major attention not only from corporates but also from lawmakers and judges.
A patentee must walk the patent gauntlet at the early stages of the commercial game and decide where to seek patent protection. Strictly speaking, this decision should be based on market data and available budget, but things are not that simple.
A contribution to the IP literature by proposing a definition of the IP service provider and three hypotheses that determine the choice for outsourced IP work.
To the ordinary consumer, trademark-infringing and counterfeit goods are simply perceived to be “fake” because they look identical to an established product but, from a legal perspective, things are not that simple.
On March 1, 2018, the validation agreement between the European Patent Office and Cambodia will enter into force. Discover how validation agreements can streamline patent filings globally and help applicants reduce costs.
Die Studie "The future of Intellectual Property" beschreibt, wie sich das Management von IP künftig verändern wird und leitet daraus Strategieoptionen ab.