The Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Diane Wood, recently delivered a speech provocatively titled "Is It Time to Abolish the Federal Circuit's Exclusive Jurisdiction in Patent Cases?" While it is trendy to criticize the patent system, Judge Wood's prominence and her colorful critique have raised eyebrows.
A federal appeals court ruling upholding a relatively rare permanent patent injunction offered guidance about how such injunctions can withstand judicial review.
The key to long-term brand success is brand recognition. Brand recognition necessarily requires a trademark strategy. The nuances of trademark practice create all sorts of headaches when they are ignored.
Clients like Intellectual Ventures general counsel Melissa Finocchio want their outside counsel singing from the same hymnal.
A strict requirement of confidentiality can present challenges for highly regulated industries, as seen in battles over public disclosure of the contents of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing processes (a.k.a., "fracking"). Demands for disclosure create a quandary for the industry, which regards the composition of these fluids as valuable trade secrets.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office may be one of the few federal agencies that has not closed its doors during the government shutdown, but it has canceled its 18th Annual Independent Inventors Conference.
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that its Internet Policy Task Force will hold a public meeting to discuss copyright policy issues raised in its recently released green paper, "Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy."
When stories on theft of top secret or competitive information have become everyday occurrences, it is only natural to ask: Can anything remain secret? Is there anything to be done?
Many companies do not regularly look outside their own walls to see what others are doing in the way of prosecuting and obtaining patents. By failing to undertake such a review, companies are potentially missing out on valuable IP opportunities.
Judge Diane Wood, who on Tuesday became chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, proposed in a speech that the U.S. abolish the Federal Circuit's exclusive jurisdiction in patent cases.
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