Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello, readers and Happy 4th of July.  Here are the IP updates for this past week:

  • The Obama administration is set to appoint a new USPTO director, Phil Johnson, a pharmaceutical industry executive.
  • Speaking of the USPTO, the permanent location for the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office opened in Denver, Colorado. 
  • Judge Lucy Koh recently banned the use of certain pejorative terms in a patent suit, including the names “patent troll”, “pirate” and “bandit”. 
  • The Supreme Court recently dealt a huge blow to software patents, here is a good summary of the ruling

See you next week and have a fantastic holiday weekend!!!

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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