Intellectual Property Law News and Insights

SAS Affects Use Of Disclaimer To Obtain Motion To Dismiss

Published: Aug 26, 2019
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In IPR2018-00673, Paper No. 27, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("Board") refused to grant patent owner Wi-Lan's motion to dismiss despite its disclaimer of the only claims for which the Board had found petitioner LG as having a reasonable likelihood of success. LG filed an IPR petition seeking to...

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A Closer Look At Tesla’s Open-Source Patent Pledge

Published: Aug 24, 2019
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In 2014, Elon Musk announced that he was "open-sourcing" Tesla's patents. He argued that doing so would allow the electric vehicle market to grow more rapidly. While Musk's original announcement was short on details, the company has since provided additional information regarding the use of Tesla's patents in its Patent...

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THINS – Not All They’re Crackered Up To Be

Published: Aug 22, 2019
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On appeal from two oppositions, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) refusal to register marks for CORN THINS and RICE THINS for snack cakes, finding that the marks were highly descriptive and had not acquired distinctiveness. Real Foods Pty...

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