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Teva Pharmaceuticals

Recently, U.S. District Court Judge Garrett Brown rejected the argument made by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. that the patent covering the main ingredient in Merck & Co.’s asthma and allergy treatment drug Singulair® was invalid or unenforceable. The patent that covers Singulair’s® main ingredient is U.S. Patent No. 5,565,473 and can be viewed at Google [...]

Oprah Sues Acai Berry Advertisers For Trademark Infringement

Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently filed lawsuits against three suppliers and one marketer of the Acai berry in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  The lawsuits allege that the companies use deceptive techniques to lure customers, prematurely charge their credit cards, and make it almost impossible to cancel orders of the berry. Madigan stated “[t]he [...]

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 [...]

Microsoft Ordered to Stop Selling Word!

On August 11, 2009, a United States District Court Judge in the Eastern District of Texas ordered Microsoft to stop selling Microsoft Word.  Judge Leonard Davis ordered the permanent injunction because Microsoft Word is infringing a patent to I4I or Infrastructures for Information Inc., namely,U.S. Patent No. 5,787,449, which is titled “Method and system for [...]

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 [...]

Virtual Trademark

Massively multiplayer online games (“MMO”) are online role playing games where players from all over the world interact with one another. Often in MMOs, a player creates a character, also known as an avatar, which becomes an embodiment of the player in the game. MMO players may set up a virtual business where they provide [...]

The Microsoft Store

On July 28, 2009, Microsoft Corporation filed an application for a trademark in the U.S. Trademark Office. The application, U.S. Serial No. 77/791,528, seeks registration of a design in International Class 35 for “retail store services and online retail services featuring computers, computer hardware, software, computer games, computer peripherals, portable music players and accessories, personal [...]

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 [...]