Beyonce, Jay-Z Want to Trademark Twins' Names. What Could Possibly Stand in Their Way?
The musicians want to prevent others from profiting off their kids' names. But to be successful, trademark applicants have to have a true intent to use the mark, says Knobbe Martens partner Ian Gillies.
With instruction from two prominent IP litigators—and cameos from a real client, expert witness and PTAB judges—students in Berkeley Law's Patent Litigation II class are drafting and arguing petitions for inter partes review.
In his Patent and Trademark Law column, Robert L. Maier writes: In recent weeks, the Federal Circuit has continued to affirm district court decisions finding software-related patents invalid for failure to meet the patentable subject matter requirement of 35 U.S.C. §101. At the same time, a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court was filed seeking to challenge the availability of this very defense—a petition that, if heard by the Supreme Court, could have dramatic implications for U.S. patent litigation.
Lawyers agreed that NDAs likely won't be going away anytime soon in employment cases, but that there are reforms around the way these agreements are used that could help stop the next Harvey Weinstein.
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