Elizabeth Warren has proposed reviving the Office of Technology Assessment to give lawmakers a place to go so that they can be more informed when writing IP and technology policy.
Sony and Marvel Studios, whose battle threatened to break up the Avengers, have reconciled.
Last week, Huawei announced that it was considering selling its 5G patents to a Western buyer, but was that a bluff? Either way, will the technology transfer ban hurt U.S. companies?
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."
- 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.
The Great Outdoors
- Glowing rocks found on the banks of Lake Superior are creating trademark disputes.
- The historical names of different sites in Yosemite National Park are being restored after a long trademark battle.
- Yeti Coolers has filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement against Yetti Outdoors.
Listen to the Music
- Music streaming company Spotify settled two copyright infringement lawsuits and will shell out more than $40 million to songwriters.
- Universal Music Group, which owns the famous "Motown" trademark, is looking to prevent boy band O-Town from continuing to use their name.
- Is there a legal loophole that leaves famous guitar riffs without copyright protection?
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.
Sitting on Capitol Hill
- Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that banning "immoral" or "scandalous" trademark registrations violates the First Amendment.
- Senator Marco Rubio wants to continue the fight against Chinese tech company Huawei and prevent it from ever receiving patent damages in US courts.
- Senators Chris Coons and Thom Tillis reflect on what they learned at the patent eligibility hearings.
- A European court sided with Zara, finding a safari company's trademark application was too similar to the fast fashion brand's registration.
- Supreme Italia, a counterfeit organization involved in ongoing legal battles with Supreme, is losing trademark registrations in China.