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November 2, 2021
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Apple and Visa Persuade Federal Circuit to Invalidate Patents for Secure-Payment

Fed. Cir. No. 2020-2044: The Federal Circuit found that the patents were directed to an abstract idea, with no additional elements to transform them into patentable subject-matter.
October 27, 2021
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Audience of Ten Thousand Tunes into Andrew Currier’s IP Lecture

Andrew was invited to speak about Corporate IP Strategy and Practical Business as part of the Zhejiang High-Level IP Training Program.
October 26, 2021
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IP Basics: Patent Budgeting for Early Stage Startups

When budgeting for a patent, all tech startups face this conundrum: “I need investors to pay for a patent, but I need a patent to attract investors.”
October 18, 2021
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Caterpillar Scratches Back: Puma Loses Bid to Register ‘procat’ Mark

2021 FC 974: The Federal Court concluded that Puma’s use of procat would likely cause confusion with heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc.’s ‘CAT’ trademark.
October 5, 2021
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United States Court of Appeals Clarifies “Actual Notice” Under § 287

Fed. Cir. No. 19-2286: The actual notice requirement of § 287 is only satisfied when the recipient is informed of the identity of the patent and the allegedly infringing activity.
September 21, 2021
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PCK Announces Completion of Inaugural Diversity Internship, Awards Scholarship

The winner of PCK's first internship and scholarship is Rashad James, a student at Western University in Ontario, Canada.
September 14, 2021
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Federal Circuit Denies Relief to USPTO From Prolific Inventor Gilbert Hyatt

Fed. Cir. Nos. 20-2321-2325: The Federal Circuit clarified that, while an applicant is required to pay all the expenses of PTAB proceedings, this does not include expert witness fees.
August 30, 2021
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Top Questions We Get Asked About Provisional Patent Applications

Provisional patent applications are generally well known in the start-up community as an affordable way to protect patent rights, but it can be hard to locate practical information. Here are the questions that our clients most frequently ask us about provisional patent applications.
August 23, 2021
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And He Scores! Patent Infringement Suit Against CCM Hockey Dismissed

2021 FCA 166: The Federal Court of Appeal's observations on the use of prosecution history demonstrate that courts continue to adapt to recent amendments to patent law.
August 18, 2021
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Are We Ready to Name AI as an Inventor of Patents?

The Australian Federal Court recently recognized that an artificial intelligence can be listed as an inventor under the Australian Patent Act.