USPTO Begins ID Verification for Trademark Applications

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On June 30, 2022, the USPTO’s new Director, Kathi Vidal, discussed the new identity verification requirements for filing of new trademark applications, commencing on August 6, 2022 (just in five days from now). The new ID verification follows from the Trademark Modernization Act and the USPTO’s crackdown on fraudulent trademark applications and fraud-upon-the-office issues which …

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Comment Period on Patent Eligibility Extended

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On September 2, 2021, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office extended the deadline for submission of comments regarding the state of patent eligibility and its effectiveness on U.S. investments and innovation.  The new date is October 15, 2021. The USPTO issued a notice on the Federal Register on July 9, 2021, requesting comments on patent …

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Trademark Scammer Sentenced

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On September 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that a Latvian citizen was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for masterminding a trademark mail fraud scheme.  Rhett DeHart, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, also announced that defendant Viktors Suhorukovs has been ordered to pay $4.5 …

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NIST Seeking Comments on CRISPR Lexicon

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On September 18, 2019, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s Genome Editing Consortium (GEC) formally sought comments on genome editing, commonly called CRISPR, terminology in order to develop a standardized system of terms and definitions for the CRISPR research community.  This is the first time the NIST has made overtures to develop a …

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IP Practicum: USPTO Proposes Patent Fee Increases for FY2019

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On July 25, 2018, the USPTO submitted for publication a Federal Official Gazette notice of public hearing 2018-16432 pursuant to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC).  The notice specifies broad increases affecting patent filings and prosecution.  It was published on August 8, 2018, in the Federal Gazette. While most of the fees are in the …

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IP Practicum: Failure to Check Box on USPTO Form Can Affect Patent Term

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On February 6, 2018, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in Actelion Pharm., Ltd. v. Matal.[1]  This case deals with the sometimes mundane aspects of filling out the proper forms required for filing with the USPTO, and failure to do so can have major impacts downstream during and post-prosecution. The facts of …

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Fed Circuit Watch: Improper Patent Assignment Dooms Standing to Sue for Infringement

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On January 11, 2018, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on the Advanced Video Technology, LLC v. HTC Corp., case.[1]  This case is a unique one dealing with the logistics of a patent assignment document, and the proper mechanisms to effect a proper transfer of rights.  Absent these things, and the party …

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IP Practicum: Maintenance Fees Required for All Reissue Family Members

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On January 8, 2018, the USPTO quietly issued a notice that beginning on January 16, 2018, all reissue patent family members, as well as the original parent patent from which the reissue application(s) originated from, will be subject to payment of maintenance fees for each reissue family member (i.e., divisional and continuation reissue patents) (MPEP …

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IP Practicum: WIPO Retires ROMARIN for International Trademark Registrations; Madrid Monitor to Replace

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On December 19, 2017, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published a news release formally retiring the ROMARIN trademark search database, and replacing it with the new Madrid Monitor system, starting January 1, 2018.  This will apply to all international trademark applications filed under the Madrid System for the Registration of Marks, also known just …

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