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  • The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In Re Tam, holding that the prohibition of disparaging marks from registration by the USPTO is an unconstitutional violation of Free...

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  • The SCOTUS decision of May 22, 2017 in Heartland v. Kraft, stated that specific venue provisions that apply to patent infringement (28 U.S.C. 1400 (b)) limit the courts where a domestic corporation can be sued to those located in the state where the...

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  • In a 4-1-2 decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, the Supreme Court held that the surface decorations on the cheerleading uniforms at issue were separable and therefore eligible for copyright...

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  • In Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp, the U.S. Supreme Court held that extraterritorial inducement of infringement under 35 U.S.C. 271(f)(1) requires the export of more than just one component of a patented invention. For more...

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  • On December 6th, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Samsung v. Apple that when considering the basis for awarding damages based on the profits from infringing a design patent, it is not necessary to base these damages on the profit made on the...

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  • On November 10, 2016, The European Court of Justice in Simba Toys v. EUIPO and Seven Towns held that the EU trademark registration for the Rubik’s Cube as a 3-D mark was invalid on the ground of functionality.  It determined...

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