In an unprecedented ruling this summer, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) ordered Google Inc. to block certain websites – not just from its Canadian search engine but from its worldwide search engine too. See Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google, Inc., 2015 BCCA 265. This decision, along... read more
In an attempt to use technology to its full advantage, the USPTO, along with the other members of the IP5 Patent Offices, has established a USPTO-hosted user interface titled “Global Dossier” that will allow public stakeholders “to access the full file history on a patent application family from... read more
As reported by the BBC, the 2020 Olympic committee scrapped the Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo shown above on the left due to allegations that the logo’s designer, Kenjiro Sano, used other images as the basis for the logo. In particular, it is alleged that Sano used a design by Olivier Debie for the... read more
Dallas Buyers Club LLC and Voltage Pictures, the makers of the film Dallas Buyers Club, were stymied – in part – by the Federal Court of Australia in their attempts to obtain compensatory damages from people alleged to have downloaded unauthorized copies of the movie in Australia.BackgroundDallas... read more
Ornamental designs of manufactured articles may not be the only asset protectable by U.S. applicants seeking foreign protection through international design applications (IDAs). Most intellectual property enthusiasts are well aware of changes to U.S. design patent law and procedure since the U.S.’s... read more
The first FDA approved 3D printed pharmaceutical is an epilepsy drug produced by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company (“Aprecia”). In its press release, Aprecia noted that the epilepsy drug, called Spritam® levetiracetam, has been approved for oral use to treat partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures... read more
The months of February and March 2013 are both exciting and challenging for US patent practitioners, as we are preparing for implementation of the final portion of the America Invents Act (AIA).  On March 16, 2013, the US patent system will move from a First-to-Invent patent system to a First-... read more
This Episode is about 3D printing and copyright law, but in case you missed it, first check out 3D print Wars: Episode I to learn about 3D printing in general.For years, Warhammer tabletop gamers have sculpted and painted miniatures (tabletop game pieces) with few legal obstacles. However, the... read more
September 5, 2012, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals came to a decision regarding one of the most closely watched cases in trademark law, Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent. The Court of Appeals reversed the lower court decision which stated that a single color could not be trademarked in the... read more
Three British universities recently proposed an interesting initiative called the Easy Access IP Project. The goal is to grant royalty-free licenses to anyone willing to commercialize technology within the university’s portfolio that has not yet been commercialized. Most licenses are non-exclusive... read more
As reported by Gamezone on January 4, a new rumor has surfaced about the development of the next generation Xbox, or Xbox 720 – a clever twist on the current Xbox 360 title, due to a patent recently granted to Microsoft.  United States Patent No. 8,083,593 was issued on December 27, 2011, and... read more
The world of passwords for electronic devices is on the brink of extinction if Apple, Inc. (Apple) is able to effectively develop its latest published patent application. On December 29, 2011, the USPTO published US Patent Application 2011/0317872 entitled, “Low Threshold Face Recognition”  ... read more
You are no doubt on the edge of your seat waiting to see what other changes are in store if the Patent Reform Act of 2007 is enacted.  Well, wait no longer, this blog post brings to you not one, but two more proposed changes to the current Patent System:  (1) Prior User Rights and (2... read more
Check out this week’s WAR OF THE WORDS: Businessweek reports that in Beijing, China, a pharmaceutical company was refused permission to use the name of a disgraced official as a trademark to sell rat poison. Forbes reports that Jimi Hendrix’s sister, Janie Hendrix, is suing a Seattle... read more
Help!  I know the erudite readers of PHOSITA may have valuable information I need: I am working on article regarding the makeup of corporate board of directors and I am trying to get a sense of how many patent attorneys are directors. If you know of anyone or have a suspicion, please send it... read more