Monthly Archives: June 2015

Hague Agreement Provides Smoother Path to International Design Protection

Beginning on May 13, 2015, a new and potentially cost-effective process for obtaining design protection in multiple countries became available.  Under the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registrations of Industrial Designs (the “Hague Agreement”), a single application filed in a Hague Agreement contracting state can be used to obtain design protection in any other contracting state. … Read more »

Solving Alice

The Supreme Court’s abstract ideas exception to categorical subject-matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 has become the bane of computer-implemented inventions.  In June of 2014, the Supreme Court, in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, affirmed the framework for patent-eligibility initially set out in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, which includes… Read more »

IPR’S Approaching Third Birthday

An “IPR” (a/k/a “Inter Partes Review”) is a relatively new procedure at the USPTO to challenge the validity of a U.S. Patent.  It has proven to be a very effective tool that can be used in response to litigation, and also to assist in obtaining leverage in licensing negotiations with competitors. The IPR procedure originated… Read more »