Post Grant Proceedings to Apply Phillips Claim Construction Standard to All Petitions Filed On or After November 13, 2018

Written by: Christopher H. Blaszkowski, Jacob F. Blumert On October 10, 2018, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a final rule changing the claim construction standard applied during inter partes review, post-grant review, and covered business method proceedings (collectively, “AIA proceedings”).  The final rule revises the claim construction standard in AIA proceedings from the […]

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When Sweet Treats Create Bitter Disputes: Trademark Clashes are No Stranger to Chocolate

Written by: Andrew J. Koopman This article first appeared in the October 3, 2018 edition of the Legal Intelligencer. When it comes to chocolate, taste is king, but appearance is not far behind. International candy manufacturer Nestlé S.A. has suffered a setback in its long-running effort to obtain trademark protection throughout the European Union for […]

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Jonathan H. Spadt Will Lead Panel at the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Global Series

Philadelphia, PA | October 2018 – The FCBA Global Series 2018 will take place October 10-12, 2018 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario.  RP CEO & President, Jonathan H. Spadt will moderate a panel entitled, “Trade, Economics, and the “Value” of IP” that is scheduled for Friday, October 12, 2018. Mr. Spadt is a […]

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What We Do Together Matters™: University of Delaware Inventor Recognized with Ceremonial Patent by U.S. Senator Coons and USPTO Director Iancu

Wilmington, DE | September 2018 –Dr. Siu-Tat Chui, a Professor of Physics at the University of Delaware, was recently acknowledged with a ceremonial patent by the U.S. Senator from Delaware, Chris Coons, and the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu.  The honor was bestowed on Friday, Sept. 21 as part […]

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Shareholder Christopher Rothe to Present at Seminar in Munich, Germany

Philadelphia, PA | September 2018 – Chris Rothe will speak in Munich, Germany at an autumn Seminar hosted by the Munich law firm of Winter Brandl Fürniss Hübner Röss Kaiser Polte Partnerschaft mbB.  The Seminar, titled “Enforcement of Technical Protection and Know-How Protection”, will be attended by in-house patent counsel and other decision makers having business […]

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How Will Electrification, Connectivity and Autonomy Impact Auto Prices?

Written by: Brett J. Rosen With the advent of electrification, connectivity and autonomy in passenger vehicles, the automotive landscape is changing at a rapid pace.  Many vehicles can communicate with other vehicles, detect pedestrians, drive without user intervention, observe driver behavior, and drive long distances on a single electrical charge.  Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in […]

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Tips for Responding to Alice Rejections in Automotive Patent Applications

Written by: Robert A. Esposito, Ph.D. Introduction The eligibility of software patents under 35 U.S.C. §101 has been an ongoing legal issue dating back to the early days of computers in the late 1960s. Prior to 2014, Patent Examiners rarely issued §101 rejections during prosecution of software-based patent applications.  Furthermore, any such rejection was easily […]

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Export Market Beware! Recent Supreme Court Cases Expand Damages and Create New Confusion About Liability For Exporting Parts for Assembly Overseas

Written by: Michael P.F. Phelps The U.S. automotive parts industry is a poster child for modern commercial globalization.  Parts and assemblies are passed within and across borders from one supply tier to the next to feed automobile manufacturing plants around the world.  The network is so vast and intermixed that it’s hard to pinpoint any […]

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Foreign Auto Manufacturers Having U.S. Innovation Centers Should Consider U.S. Export Controls

Written by: Brett J. Rosen Move over Detroit.  Many foreign auto manufacturers (e.g., Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes Benz, to name a few) and first tier suppliers have established automotive innovation centers in Silicon Valley (and elsewhere in the U.S.) to take advantage of the automotive revolution in the areas of autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity. […]

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RatnerPrestia’s James M. Gould Joins the Adjunct Faculty of Johns Hopkins University as a Lecturer in Hopkins’ Graduate Biotechnology Program

Philadelphia, PA | September 2018 – Effective September 5th, RatnerPrestia’s James M. Gould has joined the adjunct faculty of Johns Hopkins University as a lecturer in Hopkins’ graduate biotechnology program teaching Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Aspects of the Biotechnology Enterprise. This course is available for all Hopkins graduate biotech students and is a required “core” course […]

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