Recent IP News

Is Your "Invention" Just Routine Testing or a Patentable Invention?

Honeywell owned a patent for a heat transfer composition used in air conditioning equipment. The composition included "HFO-1234yf" and a "PAG lubricant".

Mexichem Amanco initiated an inter partes reexamination to have the patent office determine the patent was invalid. Read more...

Another Example of Routine Testing-Optimization Still Being Patentable

Stepan filed a patent application for an herbicidal formulation having a glyphosate salt and surfactant.

The application stated there was an unexpected result - a cloud point above 70 degrees C. Read more...

"Little Mermaid" is Merely Descriptive of Dolls Says the Trademark Board

The trademark laws provide that a term is "merely descriptive" if it "immediately conveys knowledge of a quality, feature, function, or characteristic of the goods." If merely descriptive, the mark cannot be registered. Read more...

Studios Successfully Prevent "Ripping" of Their Movies

Studios produce and distribute copyrighted movies. The studios employ encryption to prevent unauthorized copying.
VidAngel purchases DVDs of the movies. It uses a software program to decrypt and rip the movie from DVD to a master file. VidAngel then tags segments of the movies for "inappropriate content."... Read more...

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