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Patently-O’s First-to-File Survey

Professor Dennis CrouchUniversity of MissouriSchool of Law

Not that I want to club anyone to death with stories about first-to-file patent reform, but given that Director Kappos has begun beating the patent reform drum, it’s becoming more important that all the facts are known.  Up to now, there really hasn’t been any consensus on whether [...]

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The USPTO Embraces the Blogosphere, Lobbies for First-to-File

Kappos: “Hey Ted, can you show me how these here tubes work?”

The U.S. Government Agency that is responsible for validating which technologies are new and useful has discovered a not so new, yet highly useful tool: web logs.

In an effort to open a line of communication between the USPTO and the [...]

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Can McDonald’s really sue you for how you make your sandwich?

Short Answer: No. Probably not.

I call this one "the McBaby." Should I try to patent it before McDonald’s does?

McDonald’s Corp. is getting some recent attention in the blogosphere for a patent application, originally filed in late 2004, which describes its “Method and Apparatus for Making a Sandwich.” What’s interesting to [...]

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The USPTO is Going Soft on Patent Applications

Kerry Gorgone reports on the touching story of a pint-sized “inventor” who “came up” with the idea for attaching an IV bag pole to a kiddie car, so that hospitalized children can play while getting their meds. It seems the kid filed a patent application for the device and is charging a licensing fee [...]

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Air-O-Matic’s claim of trademark infringement doesn’t pass the smell test

iPhone application developer, InfoMedia, Inc., filed a complaint last week, seeking a declaratory judgment from a U.S. District Court in Colorado.  The pleading seeks to end a dispute that has been bubbling up between InfoMedia and one of its competitors, Air-O-Matic (AOM).  What are these two companies fighting over?  Dominance in the cutthroat realm of [...]

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Suit Filed in Utah Over Male Chastity Belts

A.L. Enterprises, Inc. (“ALE”), a Nevada corporation, sued a Canadian manufacturer of male chastity belts in Utah this week. ALE alleges that Latitudes International (“Latitudes”) has shipped products into the United States that bear ALE’s federally registered trademarks.

While this story would seem to be of a kind that would appear first on this [...]

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