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Federal Government Urges Delay on Copyright Litigation

Josh Conley \ November 13, 2018

The solicitor general for the United States has urged the Supreme Court to resolve a split between circuits on when a copyright infringement case can be filed in federal court.  Copyright registration is a pre-requisite to filing a claim for copyright infringement. 

NETFLIX AND SUE: SATANIC TEMPLE SAYS SABRINA COPIED ITS DEITY

Josh Conley \ November 09, 2018

The United Federation of Churches, more commonly known as The Satanic Temple, filed suit against Netflix and Warner Brothers yesterday in the Southern District of New York.  

Scout Wars: Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Set To Square Off In Court

Josh Conley \ November 08, 2018

 

If you thought the tactics used by Girl Scouts to push their delicious cookies are aggressive, don’t mess with their intellectual property.

PATENT OFFICE AIMS TO MAKE PRIOR ART EASIER TO DISCLOSE

Josh Conley \ November 01, 2018

Starting today, November 1, 2018, the USPTO will implement a targeted release of its Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative.  The program intends to simplify and speed up patent application examination by automating the disclosure process between related applications.

PROPOSED TRADEMARK RULE REQUIRES U.S. ATTORNEY FOR FOREIGN APPLICANTS

Josh Conley \ October 31, 2018

A new rule has been proposed by the USPTO that will require foreign trademark applicants to have a United States attorney file trademarks at the Trademark Office.  The exact content of the rule is still forthcoming. Currently, foreign attorneys are prohibited from..

THE USPTO CONTINUES EFFORTS TO REINVIGORATE THE PATENT SYSTEM

Josh Conley \ October 26, 2018

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu continued his pro-patent campaign this in remarks about patent trolls.  In a speech given in the Eastern District of Texas, a district notorious for patent troll cases, Iancu stated that attempts to thwart patent trolls have gone too far.  

Trademark Office Scam Is Trying To Hijack Trademarks

Josh Conley \ October 23, 2018

The USPTO sent a warning late last week that there are attempts to hijack trademark applications and registrations.  The overall purpose is to allow the effected trademarks to be registered to third-parties on brand registries. This latest scam is different from the..

LA'CEE CONLEY RECOGNIZED FOR COMMITMENT TO ADVANCING WOMEN

Zarley Law \ October 15, 2018

Zarley Law Attorney La’Cee Conley has been awarded the LEAP Community Achievement Award provided by the Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce. LEAP, or the Leadership, Education, and Advancement Pipeline provides the award to “recognize the accomplishments of an individual..

What Kind of Patent Search Do You Need?

Josh Conley \ August 14, 2018

Conducting intellectual property searches are crucial if you are an inventor, investor, entrepreneur, or a seasoned vet looking to have an idea protected. Here is a list of common searches that should be conducted as your business develops.

Canada to Accede to the Madrid Protocol

Josh Conley \ August 03, 2018

The Director General of the Trademarks Branch of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Mesmin Pierre, indicated this week that Canada will accede to the Madrid Protocol in early 2019. The Madrid Protocol is an international treaty with 117 current members that..