BMW recently patented a motorcycle electric supercharger to increase the fuel efficiency of the combustion engine.
Basketball star LeBron James filed a trademark application for "Taco Tuesday" in classes related 9, 35, 38 and 41, all related to online media. Maybe he just wanted to give us something to taco 'bout. Check out the app here.
McDonald's lost its tradeMc battle with Supermac's in EUIPO court, which denied the chain the exclusive use of the prefix "Mc."
The USPTO now requires all trademark applications to be submitted electronically through TEAS. This change not only means that the USPTO will not accept paper trademark applications, but it also requires that filers provide accurate email and postal addresses and update them as necessary to keep them current.
Welcome back to Beyond the Docket! This time we are back to interview Michael Atkins of Atkins Intellectual Property. Mike is an intellectual property attorney who after working at a large firm in Seattle now successfully runs a completely virtual practice. We talk about him taking his practice abroad as well as his love of teaching and his interest in loud music.
- A new Apple patent filing shows a mixed reality headset that tracks your whole face. Also in Apple news, Apple plans to buy Intel’s wireless chip unit for $1 billion.
- The US District Court in Connecticut recently found Best-Lock Construction Toys to be inviolation of several of Lego's copyrights.
- Scotland's space technology industry is booming, with a 12-fold increase in published space tech patents since 1969.
- Facebook was recently issued a patent to enable moderators to more easily censor content posted in groups. The tech includes a feature that would limit questionable content so that only the poster can see it.
- Nintendo's recent IP filings suggest new features for the Switch.
- Ford Motor Company's newest trademark suggests the company will soon offer new off-road packages. Check out the trademark application here.
After first publishing a proposal to require foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to use a U.S. licensed attorney in February, the USPTO has made the rule official. Starting on August 3, 2019, filers residing and businesses headquartered outside the United States—including those in Canada—will have to be represented by an attorney licensed in the United States.
The new rule will also mean that Canadian patent agents will no longer be able to represent trademark applicants, and while Canadian attorneys may continue to be deemed “additionally appointed practitioners,” the USPTO will no longer correspond directly with them.
Generally, this is part of a series of changes that the USPTO is making to ensure that filings are accurate and comply with USPTO expectations and help “safeguard the integrity of the U.S. trademark register.”
Notably, this also applies to any non-US filers whose applications are assigned office actions, even if their applications were filed or their office actions were assigned before the effective date. Those applicants whose application dates were before August 3rd and whose applications are otherwise satisfactory will be granted registration.
Celebrity tattoos are constantly making headlines and it appears that the art form is only gaining popularity. A recent Pew Research Center survey from 2017 stated that close to 40 percent of adults ages 18-29 have at least one tattoo. With tattoos becoming more common, litigation over the ownership and use of tattoos has also seen an uptick over the past ten years. Despite this increase in litigation, some of the questions tattoos raise in the areas of copyright and trademark law are still very unclear.
CBS has sued a photographer for copyright infringement for publishing stills from a TV show.
A judge affirmed his initial ruling against Lions Gate in a case over a parody of the signature move from Dirty Dancing, answering the question of whether the material was protected by copyright or trademark.
Costco's decision to make and sell "Tiffany" rings made them $3.7 million. They now must pay $19 million to Tiffany & Co.
Planet Money asks a question we've all had: Can you patent a steak?
A federal appeals court upheld the invalidation of the "podcasting patent" with a little help from the EFF.