Booking.com Decision Potentially Opens The Floodgates For Federal Trademark Registration of “[Generic Term].com” Domain Names

Written by: Rex A. Donnelly On June 30, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an 8-1 opinion finding “Booking.com” is not generic for online hotel-reservation services, expressly declining to adopt a per se rule urged by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that would have essentially excluded registration of all “[generic term].com” marks. […]

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Supreme Court Makes Clear – Plaintiffs Do Not Need to Prove Willfulness Before Lost Profits Can Be Awarded for Trademark Infringement

Written by: Benjamin E. Leace In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court held that a plaintiff is not required to prove a defendant willfully infringed a trademark as a prerequisite to a court awarding lost profits damages.  Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil, Inc., 590 U. S. ____ (2020). Romag is a trademark dispute involving Fossil […]

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USPTO Says AI Machine Can’t Be Named Inventor

Written by: Brett J. Rosen On April 27, 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) announced that it denied an Applicant’s request to recognize an Artificial Intelligence (AI) computer program named “DABUS – Invention Generated by Artificial Intelligence” as an inventor on a pending U.S. patent application.  A copy of the decision can be […]

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Supreme Court Holds that the PTAB Has the First and Last Word In Determining Whether IPRs Are Time-Barred

Written by: Benjamin E. Leace The Supreme Court in a 7 -2 decision held that a decision by the PTAB on whether an inter partes review (IPR) is time-barred is NOT reviewable by the courts.  THRYV, INC. v. CLICK-TO-CALL TECHNOLOGIES, LP. 590 U.S. ____ (2020).  In other words, the PTAB’s decision to institute an IPR […]

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Jonathan H. Spadt, CEO & President of RatnerPrestia Moderates Upcoming Federal Circuit Global Series Webinar on International Trade

Philadelphia, PA | April 2020 – Jonathan H. Spadt, CEO & President of RatnerPrestia, will moderate the first 2020 Global Series Webcast “International Trade, Innovation and Enforcement in Our Evolving World” on Wednesday, April 15th from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EDT. Hosted by The Federal Circuit Bar Association, the panel will explore the complexities of […]

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Gregory T. Lowen, Ph.D. Joins the Firm in Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC | March 2020 – RatnerPrestia (RP) is pleased to announce that Gregory T. Lowen is joining the firm in Washington D.C. as Counsel. Lowen has 20+ years of experience assisting clients in building, securing, maintaining and enforcing patents focusing primarily on chemical and pharmaceutical technologies.  He is involved in patent prosecution before the […]

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RP CEO Moderates “Trade: The Tools of Interaction and Barrier” Discussion at the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Global Series 2020

Philadelphia, PA | February 2020 – RP CEO, Jonathan H. Spadt will moderate a discussion on “Trade: The Tools of Interaction and Barrier” that is part of the FCBA Global Series 2020: Innovation Leadership: Commerce, Trade, Governance, and Adjudication.  The one day event brings together government representatives, adjudicators, corporate leaders, litigation leaders, academics, and others […]

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Revisiting the AIA Prior User Rights Defense

Written by: Glenn E. J. Murphy & Shayne D. Rasay The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) marked significant policy shifts in the U.S. patent system, most notably the AIA’s transition from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file regime.  Complementary to the first-to-file regime was the AIA’s expansion of the existing prior user rights defense to patent […]

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Dr. Fritz Wetzel Participates at the IIPLA 6th Dubai IP Congress 2020 Conference in Dubai

Munich, Germany | January 2020 – Dr. Fritz Wetzel will participate at the IIPLA 6th Dubai IP Congress 2020 conference held at the Hilton Jumeirah Dubai from January 29-30, 2020.  He will contribute to a panel discussion entitled “Innovation and IP – Protecting Trade Secrets”. The IIPLA strives to provide networking, learning and economic opportunities […]

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RatnerPrestia Supports Community Adopt-A-Family Program

Philadelphia, PA | December 2019 – On December 19, 2019, RP’s Community Service Team delivered holiday gifts to families in need at the Salvation Army in Norristown, PA.  The firm adopted two families and received generous support from its employees.  The community service team has participated in this initiative for the past decade, the firm […]

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