IP Insider

In-House Lawyer's DQ in Patent Case Offers Lessons for Legal Depts

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Schlumberger Ltd. cently notched a victory against a patent licensing company that poached one of its top in-house IP lawyers. Ethics experts say the ruling offers lessons to in-house lawyers considering a career move, including the importance of setting up ethical screens.

Google offices in New York's Chelsea neighborhood.

Google, Phone Companies Escape Patent Infringement Suit

By Tom McParland |

A Delaware federal judge has tossed three related suits accusing Google Inc., Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and BlackBerry Corp. of infringing a patent for location-tracking technology used on popular smartphone apps.

Self-driving Ford Fusion hybrid cars sit parked, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Uber said that passengers in Pittsburgh will be able to summon rides in self-driving cars with the touch of a smartphone button in the next several weeks.

What Happens if a Self-Driving Uber Is in a Crash?

The sudden arrival of driverless technology ready for public use has regulators and attorneys still waiting for answers to some important questions, including how liability would be handled in the case of an accident.

Patent Lawyers Launch PTAB Bar Association

By Scott Graham |

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has transformed the practice of patent litigation. As of today, it officially has its own bar association.

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Federal Circuit Loosens Up on Patent Eligibility

By Scott Graham |

For the fourth time in four months, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a trial court decision that found a patent ineligible for protection under Section 101 of the Patent Act.

Bernard Knight of McDermott Will & Emery.

An Insider’s View on Patent System Overhaul at Five Year Mark

By Scott Graham |

An interview with McDermott Will & Emery partner Bernard Knight Jr., who served as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s general counsel from 2010 to 2013 as the America Invents Act went into effect.

The Trader Joe's mark and the allegedly infringing Pirate Joe's mark.

Trader Joe’s Wins Lanham Act Appeal Against Canadian Copycat

By Scott Graham |

The Lanham Act can stretch across the U.S. border to reach a Canadian man selling Trader Joe’s merchandise at a store he calls Pirate Joe’s in Vancouver, British Columbia.