29 Mar’19

Fair Use: Friend or Foe?

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Several months back in an article discussing Brand Extendibility, I touched on a humorous exchange between In-N-Out Burger and a microbrewery regarding some obvious trademark infringement. In that case, the burger chain’s attorneys decided to approach the situation in a light hearted manner, issuing a pun-filled cease and desist notice. Earlier this month, however, the […]

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30 Jan’19

Carrots and Coins: The 2018 IP Valuation Year in Review:

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A lot has been written on the impact of the new leadership at the USPTO on the value of patents.  Since his appointment in early 2018, Director Andrei Iancu has managed to introduce new initiatives that increase transparency and uniformity in how the USPTO and the courts interpret patent claims and validity challenges, reforms that […]

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29 Jan’19

Helsinn v. Teva Decision: Secret Sales Qualify as Prior Art under the AIA

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The Supreme Court issued its decision on Helsinn Healthcare S. A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. on January 22, 2019, upholding and applying the pre-AIA on-sale precedent to post-AIA matters. This holding establishes that a sale or offer to sell, including secret sales and sales that do not publicly disclose the details of the invention, […]

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22 Jan’19

If the Shoe Fits: The Case for Endorsements as a Branding Tool

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Endorsements have long been a strategy for brand managers to help boost brand equity and product sales. Historically, high profile endorsements have primarily been reserved for the world’s largest companies – those with deep pockets. In today’s world of social media influencers, however, the strategy is far more available even to the smallest startups. And […]

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