On December 22, 2015 the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reported a “major power outage”, resulting in damaged equipment that shut down the IT systems. The US Patent and Trademark Office provides full online electronic filing and processing for US patent and trademark applications and for maintenance of issued US patents and trademarks.  As…

Recently, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Samsung”) was awarded an interesting patent, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), that allows a mobile phone or music player to essentially be used as a virtual guitar. More specifically, U.S Patent No. 8, 378, 202 is entitled a “portable communication device capable of virtually playing musical instruments.” As noted…

Introduction Many, if not most of you are probably aware of the newly enacted America Invents Act (AIA).  The AIA is major patent legislation that includes significant changes to American patent law.  It was signed into law on September 16, 2011.  This report provides a summary of the most important provisions that are included in…

The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, a global classification system for patent documents. The CPC is the product of a joint partnership between the USPTO and the EPO to develop a common,…

The USPTO recently file a Motion to Intervene in a case filed by John Wiley & Sons (a global publishing company) against the law firm McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff (“MBHB”).  In the case, John Wiley alleges that MBHB infringed its copyrights by copying and distributing its works.  MBHB, allegedly, copied these works in the…

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