While perhaps far from over given the routine appeals of patent infringement decisions, the August 24, 2012 verdict awarding Apple $1 Billion in damages against Samsung in U.S. District Court signaled a major event in the evolving global patent landscape for mobile device technology. This particular case involved patents and trade dress for Apple’s iPhone and iPad and, in addition to the jury’s monetary damages award, Apple is also seeking to stop sales of several competing products offered by Samsung.
Composition claims to "isolated" DNA molecules are patent eligible under 35 USC 101 as nonnaturally occurring compositions of matter -- this, among other decisions, is what the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ("CAFC") published in its opinion of August 16, 2012.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") has published a set of new patent-related forms which will accommodate new rules that will soon go into effect under the America Invents Act ("AIA").
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") has published its final rules for the implementation of certain provisions of U.S. patent law as reformed under the America Invents Act ("AIA") that become effective on September 16, 2012. As noted in previous blog posts, the AIA was passed last year to revamp the U.S. patent system in stages, with various provisions going into effect at different times. While some changes have already occurred, many significant changes will become effective on September 16, 2012, including the following:
On June 13, 2012, in what was referred to as “Reveal Day” for the new generic Top-Level Domain program, ICANN posted the names of the 1,930 proposed gTLDs together with applicant information for applications received in the first application window.
Colombia recently became the 87th member to join the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks, effective August 29, 2012. Administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks (“Madrid system”) is designed to provide a cost-effective and efficient way for trademark holders to secure and maintain protection for their marks in multiple countries.