• For Design Patent Owners (and Alleged Infringers), The Third Time is Not a Charm

    Ultimately, the jury’s large damage award might not be the lasting storyline of this case. Apple’s “victory” here shows that well-crafted design patents can offer broad protections against even slight infringements by competitors, and that a well-written design patent and a well-argued case can provide tremendous benefits to the patent owners. Given the relatively inexpensive design patent process and what will only be continued speculation as to how these damages should be calculated, a design…

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  • For Design Patent Owners (and Alleged Infringers), The Third Time is Not a Charm

    Ultimately, the jury’s large damage award might not be the lasting storyline of this case. Apple’s “victory” here shows that well-crafted design patents can offer broad protections against even slight infringements by competitors, and that a well-written design patent and a well-argued case can provide tremendous benefits to the patent owners. Given the relatively inexpensive design patent process and what will only be continued speculation as to how these damages should be calculated, a design…

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  • US Supreme Court Tackles Copyright Registration Circuit Split

    Some circuit courts have held that a work is “registered” and the copyright owner can sue an infringer as soon as the applicant files the application, deposits a copy of the work and pays a fee.  This is known as the “application” approach.  Other circuit courts follow the “registration” approach which requires the Copyright Office to act on the application—by examining it and either approving or refusing it—before the copyright owner may file suit. So, which approach is correct? We should soon…

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  • Webinar on Supplementary Protection Certificates

    J A Kemp will be offering a webinar entitled “Is Your Patent Portfolio SPC Ready?” on July 27, 2018 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm (Greenwich Mean Time). Graham Lewis and Chris Milton of J A Kemp will use case studies to illustrate their tips for preparing your patent portfolio to take maximum advantage of the Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) system. The webinar will also address the following topics: • Optimising patent claims for SPC purposes • Choosing the right patent for your SPC application • Planning ownership for multiple SPCs • Strategic use of divisional applications to maximise SPC term…

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  • Webinar on Freedom to Operate Opinions

    Strafford will be offering a webinar entitled “Structuring Freedom to Operate Opinions: Reducing Risk of Patent Infringement — Combating Troubling FTO Results, Overcoming Potential Roadblocks, Addressing Impact of Post-Grant Process on FTO Opinions” on July 31, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). Doris Johnson Hines of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner and Laura A. Labeots of Husch Blackwell will guide patent counsel preparing freedom to operate (FTO) opinions for companies developing new products, and outline best practices for drafting FTO opinions to reduce infringement risks. The webinar will review the following issues: • What are best practices for…

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  • USPTO Semiconductor Customer Partnership Meeting

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be holding a Semiconductor Customer Partnership Meeting from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (ET) on July 26, 2018 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA. The semiconductor workgroup examines solid-state devices and manufacturing processes, memory storage and retrieval, and lasers technologies. The Customer Partnership Meeting will address the following topics: • Appeal and pre-appeal processes — SPE Alex Sofocleous and TQAS Darren Schuberg • Certainty in search and CPC — SPE Brett Feeney • Interview tools and process — SPE William Kraig • TC2800 quality with MQAS Brian Sircus and Supervisory RQAS and…

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  • Webinar on Hatch-Waxman Litigation

    Strafford will be offering a webinar entitled “Hatch-Waxman Litigation and 30-Month Stays: Multiple Stays, Late-Listed Patents, and More” on August 9, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). Shana K. Cyr and Barbara R. Rudolph of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner will guide patent counsel on the 30-month stay in Hatch-Waxman Act litigation, discuss the circumstances where the FDA will grant a stay — and those where it will not, and the panel will discuss when a stay may extend beyond 30 months and when it may be shortened. The webinar will review the following issues: • Can a…

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