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  • Ropes & Gray hires PTAB chair from Oblon, and other US people moves

    September 12, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Ropes & Gray, Norton Rose Fulbright, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, Hogan Lovells, Wolf Greenfield, Shook Hardy & Bacon and BakerHostetler. These include new roles for two former AIPLA presidents

  • Trump nominates Irell & Manella’s Iancu for USPTO director

    August 29, 2017

    Andrei Iancu will succeed Michelle Lee as USPTO director if the US Senate confirms his nomination. He is a managing partner of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles

  • Google genericide saga continues

    August 25, 2017

    In May, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the phrase “Google it” was not genericide - but now the plaintiffs in the case are asking the Supreme Court to take another look at the issues raised by that decision

  • The latest Americas IP people moves

    August 14, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Orrick, Mintz Levin, Merchant & Gould, Foley & Lardner, BakerHostetler and King & Spalding, as well as Erich Spangenberg leaving Marathon and a new INTA chief representative officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Interim USPTO director Matal makes predictions on Oil States, TC Heartland and reform

    July 21, 2017

    In an open and wide-ranging speech at the Patents for Financial Services Summit in New York, interim USPTO director Joseph Matal predicted “we are going to win” the Oil States case, TC Heartland “is not going to put the venue issue to bed” and “there will be further patent reform legislation in the coming Congress”

  • The latest people moves in the US

    July 13, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes the latest on the new firm being established by Ropes & Gray partners, and hires by Morrison & Foerster, Crowell & Moring, BakerHostetler, Dorsey & Whitney, Steptoe & Johnson, Wolf Greenfield, McAndrews Held & Malloy and Foley & Lardner

  • Disparagement clause offends First Amendment, says SCOTUS in Tam

    June 20, 2017

    On Monday June 19, the Supreme Court handed down its 8-0 unanimous (Justice Gorsuch took no part) decision in Matal v Tam (formerly Lee v Tam), finding that the disparagement clause of US trade mark law is unconstitutional

  • Michelle Lee resigns as USPTO director

    June 07, 2017

    USPTO director Michelle Lee has resigned, with no explanation given. USPTO associate solicitor Joseph Matal has taken over her duties

  • “Google it” not genericide, rules Ninth Circuit

    May 22, 2017

    The Ninth Circuit’s ruling that the Google name is not generic eases trademark owners’ worries about protecting their brands against usage as a verb

  • TTAB looks to clear out deadwood

    May 22, 2017

    The new rule changes brought in at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) have gone smoothly. The TTAB is now looking at bringing in a new cancellation proceeding, INTA Annual Meeting attendees heard yesterday

  • Become a brand steward

    May 22, 2017

    Trademark practitioners should take bold steps to become stewards of the brands they advise because consumers, brands and communication channels have evolved, INTA President Joseph Ferretti said at the opening ceremony of the 139th INTA Annual Meeting

  • USPTO establishes audit programme for trade mark affidavits of use

    April 28, 2017

    The USPTO recently made permanent a pilot programme to conduct random audits of post-registration affidavits of use. Jason Vogel and Sam Kilb explain what trade mark owners need to know about the changes and suggest best practices

  • The latest people moves in the US

    April 19, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the US includes hires by Oblon, Schiff Hardin, Covington & Burling, and Goodwin Procter, as well as the latest on the USPTO leadership

  • A catch-up with Mark Whitaker, MoFo partner and AIPLA president

    April 18, 2017

    Morrison & Foerster partner Mark Whitaker is in the middle of a busy term as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He talks to Michael Loney about legislative fixes to patent venue and Section 101, what changes to the PTAB he would like, how responsive to IP the Trump administration will be, and the outlook for the International Trade Commission

  • Managing IP North America Awards Winners 2017

    March 24, 2017

    The North America Awards Dinner was held at the Four Seasons in Washington DC on March 23, revealing the best intellectual property law firms, individuals and cases of the past year

  • Latest people moves in the US

    March 15, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the US includes hires by Goodwin, McDermott Will & Emery, Arent Fox, Dykema Cox Smith, Akin Gump, White & Case and Haynes and Boone.

  • Managing IP North America Awards 2017 shortlists announced

    February 07, 2017

    The shortlists for this year’s Managing IP North America Awards have been announced. The outstanding intellectual property firms and individuals in the US and Canada will be chosen from these, and revealed at a dinner in Washington DC on March 23

  • US Supreme Court examines many angles in Slants oral arguments

    January 23, 2017

    Supreme Court justices grappled with issues including whether trade marks are commercial speech rather than expressive speech, in oral arguments in Lee v Tam. Natalie Rahhal examines the arguments made and how the court may rule

  • US Supreme Court examines many angles in Slants oral arguments

    January 23, 2017

    Supreme Court justices grappled with issues including whether trade marks are commercial speech rather than expressive speech, in oral arguments in Lee v Tam. Natalie Rahhal examines the arguments made and how the court may rule

  • Cases to look out for in 2017 – United States

    January 18, 2017

    The Supreme Court’s impressive appetite for IP cases dominates the forthcoming intellectual property trials and judgments in the US – with decisions in seven cases to come. The Federal Circuit will also issue two en banc decisions from PTAB appeals

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