Trademark Registration Amendments Are Now Allowed (Temporarily) for Evolving Technology

Yesterday, the USPTO announced a new pilot program pursuant to which it will allow trademark registrations to be amended where the trademark owner now sells different products from those covered by the original registration due to evolving technology.  In the absence of this pilot program, such trademark owners would have to abandon their existing registration […]

FTC New Guidance on Unfair Competition

In a move characterized as “unprecedented,”  on August 13, 2015,  the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Statement of Enforcement Principles describing the principles that guide FTC’s enforcement against “methods of unfair competition” prohibited under Section 5 of the FTC Act.  It is not yet clear what prompted the FTC pronouncement or what impact it […]

Post Holiday Trademark Sale!!!!!!!

The USPTO announced that they are having a sale.  You can save $50 per class on all new trademark registration applications and $100 on all renewals.  The Final Rule issued on December 16, 2014 announced that trademark filing fees will fr be reduced. Small Print:  Unfortunately, the discounts will not be effective in time for […]

USPTO Issues New (Software) Patent Examination Guidelines

After the US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp., the USPTO changed its approach to examining patents (in particular, software patents).  The new approach provides insight to how the USPTO construes the Alice Corp decision. The USPTO’s new approach is memorialized in a memo issued by the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy.  You can […]

How to Register your API with the Copyright Office

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision last week in Oracle v. Google has been touted as a decision that application programming https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/ interfaces (APIs) are copyrightable.  See, for example, the article “Tech World Stunned as court ruled Oracle can own APIs.”  So the next logical question is how does one go about registering copyright […]

Can the Town Make Me Change My Sign?

A business’ signage can be one of the most distinctive characteristics of its brand and one of its most important assets.  This is especially true when the sign display’s the business’ federally registered trademark and color is a feature of the mark.  But what happens when that brand runs afoul of state and local laws? […]

New Jersey Adopts Trade Secrets Act

After an inexplicably long wait, this January, New Jersey finally adopted a modified version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.  With the adoption, New Jersey becomes the 46th state to adopt a version of the uniform act.  According to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) adoption map, only New York, North […]

Wikipedia to Blackout English Language Version Tomorrow

Yesterday, Wikipedia announced that it would blackout the English language version of its famous website for 24 hours in protest to pending anti-piracy legislation in both houses of Congress.  The legislation is comprised of two pending bills.  The House version is entitled the Stop Online Piracy Act while the Senate version is entitled the Protect […]