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August 16, 2019
A statue of Lady Justice.

US Supreme Court Lifts Ban on Profane Trademarks

SCOTUS, No. 18-302 (Iancu v Brunetti): In a recent decision, the US Supreme Court abolished the longstanding ban on registering vulgar and offensive words as trademarks.
July 18, 2019
return mail

US Postal Service Prohibited from Challenging Mail Sorting Patent

Return Mail v  United States Postal Service (USSC, No. 17-1594) In a decision released June 10, 2019, the United States Supreme Court blocked government bodies from […]
July 11, 2019
glasswall

US Supreme Court Asked to Resolve “Fundamental State of Disorder” in the Patent System

Glasswall Solutions Limited v  Clearswift, Ltd (USSC, No. 18-1448) A cybersecurity start-up is asking the US Supreme Court to take a bold stance on the judicial […]
June 28, 2019

The Rainbow Flag, Trademarks and Commitment to Diversity

June has been international pride month where rainbow flags are raised in unity, including at PCK Intellectual Property. The rainbow flag has been the most widely […]
June 4, 2019

When Can New Uses for Known Drugs Be Patented?

Fed. Cir., 2018-1434 - CAFC clarifies the test for obviousness where the invention claims a use of a known drug.
May 28, 2019
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PCK IP Lawyers Instrumental in Client’s Defense of Patent Ownership

In a recent judgement, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (“IPEC”) decided that Netsweeper is entitled to the ownership of its PCT Application and is not in breach […]
May 21, 2019
T. Andrew Currier

PCK’s Andrew Currier Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2019

As a result of the 2018 Lexpert Survey, Andrew was selected for this year’s directory. “There is no more credible source than Lexpert. Now in its […]
May 7, 2019
ati tech

Federal Circuit Reins in Impossible Standards for Antedating Prior Art

Fed. Cir., 2016-2222 - CAFC affirms that a patent may be successfully defended if the patent holder can prove that the invention was conceived prior to any similar prior art.
May 1, 2019
Iscada

Trademarks and New Evidence on Appeal

2019 FC 406 - FC confirms that registered owner is not precluded to submit new evidence on appeal if no evidence is submitted after receiving s.45 notice from the Registrar.
April 30, 2019
GUI

Stock Trading GUI Falls Short of Patentability Requirements in US

Fed. Cir. 2017-2257 - CAFC Reaffirms: GUI That Merely Collects and Displays Data Is Not Patentable