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Looking back: Intellectual property highlights from 2019

As we look forward to a new year, my colleagues and I at Clarivate Analytics wanted to share our selection of the most significant intellectual property related events from 2019 involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and domain names. In no particular order, here are our top ten IP highlights from 2019: The United States Supreme Court […]

Looking back: Intellectual property highlights from 2019

As we look forward to a new year, my colleagues and I at Clarivate Analytics wanted to share our selection of the most significant intellectual property related events from 2019 involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and domain names. In no particular order, here are our top ten IP highlights from 2019: The United States Supreme Court […]

The top 8 IP stories that shaped the first half of 2019

From growing industries to changing trademark laws, the intellectual property landscape is evolving. Here are the top stories that helped shape the first half of 2019.   1. e-Sports: An untapped market for both brands and law firms By 2022, e-Sports are expected grow into a $1.8 billion market. Yet, many top brands have low […]

US 10 millionth patent reflects accelerating pace of innovation

10 million. A big number? Well, if you’re talking about the number of stars in the universe, not so big. But if we’re talking about patents, it’s huge. On June 19th 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced the publication of US patent number 10,000,000.  Following much speculation in the industry about potential candidates […]

Merely descriptive vs suggestive — The unwritten rule of trademark law

On the whole, trademark law is incredibly comprehensive, but there’s one important rule that’s still unwritten — how to distinguish between ‘merely descriptive’ and ‘suggestive’ trademarks. The difference between these two types of trademark can be contentious. A merely descriptive mark is something that gives the customer an immediate idea of what the name entails […]

Post-grant oppositions for pharma patents (Part 3): A look at potential strategies

In FY2016, the percentage of patents that were found to be valid in the PTAB’s final written decision for the biopharma sector was quite high (~34% valid vs. 39% invalid), relative to other industries (AIA Trial Statistics, https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/aia_statistics_november2016.pdf, accessed March 8, 2017). A well-planned strategy will help both a petitioner and patent owners (POs) maintain […]

The Slants – Offensive or Empowering?

In 1946, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) drafted something called the ‘disparagement clause’, which sought to prevent the filing of any trademark which could be deemed as “immoral, deceptive or scandalous”. In the past, this has usually been reserved for extreme cases where the trademarks have been intended to incite hate or discrimination […]

Keeping Up With the Kylies – A 21st century trademark feud

Who’s the first person you think of when you hear the name ‘Kylie’? Is it Kylie Minogue, the Australian popstar with an illustrious 36-year career full of hit singles, or Kylie Jenner, the 19-year-old American teenager who’s famous for being part of the Kardashian family? You could argue that the answer is highly dependent on […]

A curious game of cat and Mau5

It’s not too often that we see the worlds of trademarking and DJing collide, but that’s exactly what we witnessed just before the end of 2016, as EDM star Deadmau5 (pronounced ‘dead mouse’) found himself embroiled in an intellectual property predicament…over the name of his pet cat. The Canadian producer and DJ, real name Joel […]

What’s next for the USPTO?

What will the future of the US Patent and Trademark Office look like after President-elect Donald Trump takes office?