It’s been reported that the FTC has “dropped” its investigation of a start-up that searches the Internet for employees’ and job applicants’ past bad acts. While the FTC may have suspended its investigation relating to potential Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, it never gives a “stamp of approval” as is being reported. Read the alleged copy… Continue Reading
Are you tired of waiting for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to examine your patent application? You might consider using one of the USPTO’s Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs. In theory, the goal is to use the examination by one country to expedite the examination and allowance of the same claims in another… Continue Reading
As expected, it has been reported that Apple has sought to intervene in the Lodsys patent infringement lawsuit brought against the Apple software developers in Texas.
The Supreme Court confirmed today that “clear and convincing” evidence is needed to establish that a U.S. patent is invalid. It had been argued that a lesser standard should be applied. Read the decision. See also a brief discussion of the decision.
This is a common question. Just because your company owns a patent doesn’t necessarily mean that you can practice what is covered by the patent. Sound crazy? It’s true. A patent is a negative right. Generally speaking, a patent gives the owner the right to preclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale and/or… Continue Reading
Clients often inquire about whether they need to purchase every variation (e.g., misspellings) of their domain names used for their websites in order to prevent others from infringing their trademarks. The short answer is no. Indeed, there is no requirement to purchase any domain names at all. Generally speaking, in the U.S., trademark rights are… Continue Reading
As previously discussed, Apple developers allegedly received cease and desist letters from Lodsys based on the use of in-app applications. Now, Lodsys appears to have taken it to the next level by allegedly suing several developers for patent infringement in the ever popular Eastern District of Texas. Read what appears to be a copy of the Complaint. It will be interesting to… Continue Reading