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U.S. Patent And Trademark Office

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Trademark Law

Clarifying the application of the doctrine of foreign equivalents, the Federal Circuit held that a mark is geographically deceptively misdescriptive if a substantial portion of the relevant consumer market is likely to be deceived by the mark. In In re Spirits International, 563 F.3d 1347 (Fed. Cir. 2009), the Federal…
Posted:
06/26/2009
Commentaries
Patent Law

The Federal Circuit largely upheld rules promulgated by the PTO to help relieve its enormous backlog of patent applications. The district court had determined that the rules were substantive and therefore beyond the PTO’s legal authority. In Tafas v. Doll, 559 F.3d 1345 (Fed. Cir. 2009), a split Federal Circuit…
Posted:
05/18/2009
Summaries
Patent Law >
New Judicial Opinions

In January 2006, the USPTO initiated two related notice and comment rulemaking proceedings. After receiving and considering the public comments, the USPTO issued the new rules on August 21, 2007, with an effective date of November 1, 2007. Changes to Practice for Continued Examination Filings, Patent Applications Containing Patentably Indistinct…
Date of ruling:
03/20/2009
Summaries
Patent Law >
New Judicial Opinions

In this case, the Federal Circuit determined which patents are subject to inter partes reexamination. Congress established the inter partes reexamination procedure as part of the AIPA, Pub. L. No. 106-113, §§ 4001-4808, 113 Stat. 1501, 1501A-552 to -591. Pursuant to section 4608 of the AIPA, the inter partes reexamination…
Date of ruling:
08/19/2008
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