Federal Circuit:

Scanner patent claims should be

Narrowly construed

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The Federal Circuit has upheld a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), on Inter Partes Review, that the claims of a patent owned by MPHJ Technology Investments were anticipated or obvious in light of prior art.

The case of MPHJ Tech. Invs. v. Ricoh Ams. Corp. (Fed. Cir. Feb. 13, 2017) involves a patent for a “Distributed Computer Architecture and Process for Document Management.”

The patent application describes a system and method that

extends the notion of copying from a process that involves paper going through a conventional copier device, to a process that involves paper being scanned from a device at one location and copied to a device at another location.

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The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has recently updated its draft examination guide and listed types of marks that are considered “informational” and otherwise not eligible for trademark protection.

According to the USPTO,

The set of wording held as merely informational by case law is growing. Marks that include this wording must be refused because they do not identify the source of the goods or services.

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New Trademark Requirements in Effect

by AEON Law on February 18, 2017


Implements new trademark rules;

more proof now required


Effective February 17, the US Patent and Trademark Office has amended its rules on trademark usage and intent to use.

The new rules are part of an effort to clear out "dead wood" — trademarks that are registered (and thus not available to others) but not actually in use by their owners.

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Federal Circuit

says "perception" is the key

in SaaS trademark case

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The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on whether certain trademarks used for software-as-a-service (SaaS) were eligible for federal trademark protection.

The case is In re JobDiva, Inc.

In 2004, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued JobDiva’s registration for the service mark JOBDIVA for “personnel placement and recruitment” services.

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Paul McCartney seeks

Return of Beatles song rights —

long and winding road

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Paul McCartney is seeking to reclaim ownership of the copyrights to Beatles song.

The case is based on a little-known aspect of US Copyright law.

Under 17 U.S. Code § 304, there’s a “Termination of Transfers and Licenses” provision that reads:

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Important Patent Law Decisions from 2016

2016: what were the most important patent law cases? https://pixabay.com/en/fireworks-2016-new-year-s-eve-1102887/ CC0 Public Domain 2016 wasn’t especially momentous when it came to patent law decisions. It pales in comparison to 2014, for example, in which the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International was decided by the US Supreme Court — calling into question the […]

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Federal Circuit Reverses Patent Rejection for Indefiniteness

Federal Circuit reverses district court on indefiniteness The Federal Circuit has reversed a district court’s ruling that a patent’s claims were indefinite and thus that the patent was invalid. Sonix Tech. Co., Ltd. v. Publ’ns Int’l, Ltd. is a case involving Sonix’s patent for a system and method for using a “graphical indicator” (e.g., a […]

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Patent Law and Artificial Intelligence

Patented robots — but what do we do about patents BY robots? By Alejandro Zorrilal Cruz – http://lifeboat.com/images/artificial.intelligence.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5594936 The intersection of patent law and artificial intelligence raises all sorts of interesting philosophical and practical questions. First of all, what do we mean by "artificial intelligence"?

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You May Now Legally Hack Your Car

Hacking your auto is no longer illegal; should you do it, though….? By Alexandre Dulaunoy from Les Bulles, Chiny, Belgium – Everybody needs a hacker, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49393028 You’re now free to hack some of the computers on your car — for a limited time only. Of course, most people don’t have the expertise […]

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Protecting Your Patents around the Globe

  Protect your patents: a single application may be the best choice source:  http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=101725&picture=globe If you have an invention that will be sold and used around the world, you should strongly consider protecting your patent rights all around the globe. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as “one-stop shopping” when it comes to patent protection. You’ll […]

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