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Federal Circuit – Our Views of the Bench

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Our neighborhood includes the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The CAFC currently has 19 sitting judges. Here's a list of the judges with links to their bios. The judges have diverse and interesting backgrounds. The bench includes a Chief Judge. Ever wonder how the chief judge [...]

By |2022-05-06T09:38:37-07:00May 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boardside Chats from the PTAB

The USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) handles five kinds of cases: 1. Appeals by patent applicants when an examiner has rejected their application at least twice.2. Appeals by patent owners in reexaminations3. Inter parte reviews (IPRs)4. Post Grant Reviews (PGRs)5. Covered Business Method Patent Reviews (CBMs) In support of the PTAB's public outreach [...]

By |2022-03-17T15:11:50-07:00March 17th, 2022|Uncategorized, Prosecution Appeal, Training|0 Comments

Pushing Out the Boundaries of IPR Estoppel

In unrelated opinions published one week apart, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has pushed out the boundaries of IPR estoppel. IPR estoppel, like many patent law issues, seems esoteric, but it can have tremendous economic impact. Though estoppel is usually an issue of equity, well within a judge's sense of fairness, IPR [...]

By |2022-02-23T16:55:45-08:00February 17th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Colors as Trademarks, and more on False Trademark Declarations

On Monday, December 20, 2021, Steve Sereboff will lead a discussion of an older decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) about single color trademarks, and about a more recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) providing more guidance on its false trademark declaration jurisprudence. In re Cook [...]

By |2021-12-20T10:07:17-08:00December 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unmarked Vape Pens and No-Name Pianos with Fake Names

This week we have a pair of IP cases about marking. First, a patent case, Lubby Holdings v Chung, where a vape device company should have marked its products with the patent number. Second, a trademark case, Piano Factory v Schiedmayer Celesta, in which a piano vendor marked its cheap pianos with a fancy name. [...]

Ethical Duties in the IP Attorney-Client Relationship (ethics credit) March 29, 2021

Ethical Duties in the IP Attorney-Client Relationship A raft of ethical issues arise from the process of interacting with prospective clients, engaging new clients, working with clients, and disengaging. In our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 29, 2021 we'll discuss the interplay between the California Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys (the [...]

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