Obama to Nominate Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

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From the New York Times, President Obama will nominate Merrick Garland on Wednesday as the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice. Garland is a judge widely respected even by most Republicans and with this nomination Obama hopes his choice will be considered by the Senate during his last year in office.

Judge Garland, a moderate with bipartisan support over decades, has been widely praised and would be difficult for Republicans to reject, particularly if a Democrat were to take office in November and elect a more liberal nominee.

Judge Garland has a prestigious and distinguished background in law. At 63, he is older than an average SC nominee. The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 helped shape his professional and legal reputation. He coordinated the Justice Department’s response and started the case against the bombers and supervised their prosecution.

On Wednesday, the White House noted that Garland was confirmed to his post in 1997 with the support of 7 sitting Republicans: Senators Dan Coats of Indiana, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, John McCain of Arizona & Pat Roberts of Kansas.

In an email to supporters early Wednesday morning, Obama stated,  « As president, it is both my constitutional duty to nominate a justice and one of the most important decisions that I — or any president — will make. In putting forward a nominee today, I am fulfilling my constitutional duty. I’m doing my job. I hope that our senators will do their jobs, and move quickly to consider my nominee.”

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Foreign Filing Roundup

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Happy Friday and good afternoon! We have compiled a list of the latest headlines in foreign filing news from the week of February 29th:

  • inovia news: Our annual IP Trends Survey is now open. If you are a patent professional responding on behalf of a company or university, we invite you to participate.
  • The EPO’s annual forum on Asian patent information, « East meets West » is happening on April 21st & 22nd. Learn more about the two-day event here.
  • Offensive trademark applications have been suspended by the USPTO until the Supreme Court reviews.
  • The European Patent Office (EPO)’s annual report is now out. Download the complete report now. 

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Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning, readers.  We hope everyone is staying cool as we head into the dog days of summer.  I’ve gathered some patent news for your consideration from the week of July 21, 2014: 

  • Trademark « squatting » is prevalent in China, preventing valuable foreign brands to use their own name in the country. 
  • Are all software patents doomed? The first application of the Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. decision foretells trouble in the future. 
  • Batman celebrated his 75th birthday this year. A registered trademark was filed on June 25, 1940. You can see a picture of the original trademark below!


  • The EPO and Spain continued their cooperation on Latin America, as they met in Spain to sign an agreement to promote the quality and efficiency of the Latin American patent system. 

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