Trademark Modernization Act of 2020

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On December 27, 2020, the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (“TMA”) became law after being passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President as part of the end of year Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

The TMA includes significant amendments to the Lanham Act (the federal trademark law) which are designed to modernize USPTO trademark examination procedures in addition to other areas of… Read More »


USPTO Post Registration Audit Program for Trademarks/Trademark Registration Maintenance

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As the USPTO implements the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA), it has issued new guidance on how to improve the accuracy of the Register so that it reflects marks in use and does not contain registrations that should not be maintained or should not have been granted in the first place, for example, due to fake specimens, other fraud, or error.

As part of this effort,… Read More »


Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2020

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On December 27, 2020, the CASE Act was signed into law which provides a small claims court system within the U.S. Copyright Office for copyright owners to seek damages of under $30,000 for copyright violations. Federal courts have had exclusive jurisdiction over copyright cases and the CASE Act is designed to create a voluntary and affordable alternative to federal court for small copyright claims for… Read More »


U.S. Copyright Office Group Registration for Short Online Literary Works

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On October 29, 2020, the U.S. Copyright Office began offering a new group registration for short online literary works. Works that are included are blogs, short online articles, and social media posts for example and each work must contain at least 50 but no more than 17,500 words. The works must be created by the same individual or jointly by the same individuals and the… Read More »


United States Patent and Trademark Office extends time to file

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on May 27, 2020, further extended the time to file certain patent-related documents and to pay certain required fees under its temporary authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

The USPTO recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic imposes disruption and hardships to small businesses and individual inventors.  This extension allows increased flexibility… Read More »


USPTO Deadline Extensions under CARES Act in Response to COVID-19

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In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to remain open and has extended filing deadlines for parties affected by COVID-19 including deadlines for patent applications, patent reexamination proceedings, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings, trademark applications, trademark registrations, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings. If the initial due date is between March 27,… Read More »


The U.S. Supreme Court Rules “FUCT” Trademark Should be Allowed to Register

U.S. Supreme Court Rules “FUCT” Trademark Should be Allowed to Register

On June 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Iancu v. Brunetti that the trademark FUCT should be allowed to register in light of existing federal Trademark Law registration prohibitions against trademark applications which are deemed to be “immoral” or “scandalous”. The Supreme Court found that the prohibition against registration of such an application is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech and thus violating… Read More »


New Rule Requiring Licensed U.S. Attorneys to Represent Foreign Trademark Parties before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Licensed U.S. Attorneys

On July 2, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new rule requiring all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings to be represented by a United States licensed attorney.

The requirement applies to all parties whose permanent legal residence or principal place of business is outside the United States. The new rule requires… Read More »


President Trump’s Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

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On April 3, 2019, President Trump issued a Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods to help manage the federal government’s efforts in targeting the problem. The memorandum targets fake goods trafficking through third-party online marketplaces such as Alibaba, Ebay, and Amazon for example. The memo also targets suppliers, intermediate parties coordinating the sales of goods, and marketplaces offering the goods for sale.

… Read More »


Copyright Law updates

Copyright

There are times to pay attention to our Supreme Court’s recent rulings involving Copyright Law. We summarize two recent cases to let you know their instruction under the law and utilize effectively in your business operations.

Rimini Street, Inc. v. Oracle USA Inc.

The U.S. Supreme Court on March 4, 2019 issued a unanimous decision holding that prevailing parties in copyright cases cannot collect litigation… Read More »


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