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“Three Track” Initiative Proposal

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) is requesting comments and input from the general public about a potential multi-track examination initiative.  The proposed “Three Track” initiative will give applicants better control over their examination process while increasing efficiency in the Patent Office.   The proposed “Three Track” initiative would classify examination tracks in three [...]

The Best Global Brands

Recently, Interbrand, a leading brand consulting firm, released their ranking of the top 100 brands based on brand value. This is the ninth consecutive year that Interbrand has released the ranking. Interbrand reports that this is the first year that the aggregate value of the top 100 brands has declined, a loss of about 4.6% [...]

David Kappos Sworn In As New Director Of The United States Patent And Trademark Office

On August 13, 2009, Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce, swore in David Kappos as the new Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Kappos faces many challenges in the USPTO.  To read about the challenges that face the new director, please read the two earlier blog posts. Possible Changes to Come in [...]

Les Paul, The True American Inventor

Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss), a great American musician, recently passed away on August 13, 2009 due to pneumonia complications.  Paul will always be remembered for his music, but he will especially be remembered for his contribution to the design and sound of the electric guitar. In 1939, Paul invented one of the first [...]

Possible Changes to Come in the USPTO

After the announcement that David Kappos was nominated for the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), there has been much speculation about possible reform programs that Kappos may enact.  The USTPO faces a few major problems due to the increase in applications and complexity of technology.  The USPTO is backlogged with [...]

Browne v. McCain

During the 2008 presidential campaign, the Ohio Republican Party created a web advertisement about gas conservation that used a portion of the Jackson Browne song “Running On Empty.” In response, on August 14, 2008, Browne sued John McCain, the Republican Party, and the Ohio Republican Party for copyright infringement. On Tuesday, July 21, 2009, a [...]

Department of Justice Turns Against “Pay to Delay” Practice

In the pharmaceutical industry, timing is crucial.  Typically, drugs require years of research and development before they are sold.  A patent for a drug grants the patent owner the exclusive right to research, produce, use, sell, and market the drug for the life of the patent.  When the patent expires, generic companies scramble to enter [...]

Michael Jackson: Artist and Inventor

Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009.  When remembering the King of Pop’s intellectual property, most people think of music and copyrights associated with the music; however, Michael Jackson was also a patent holder as the named inventor for United States Patent No. 5,255,452 (“the ‘452 patent”) issued on October 26, 1993 for a [...]

Michael Jackson’s Music Remembered and his Publishing Rights of Beatles’ Songs

Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, but the music legacy he left behind will last forever.  Michael was a song writer, performer and actor, and was also the owner of publishing rights to the majority of the Beatles’ songs. The Beatles’ songs have federal copyright registrations.  Copyrights are rights granted to the creator [...]

David Kappos Nominated as the New Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

On Thursday, June 18, 2009, President Barack Obama announced his plan to nominate David Kappos as the new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Kappos is considered an IP-guru, and his nomination is widely supported by industry leaders because of reform that may be [...]