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  • Are you home and bored of working or studying? Here is a list of 7 movies you can watch to have fun and get a dose of intellectual property at the same time. If there are any movies that you have seen or know about falling within this genre, please share them with us!


  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) was signed into law in 1998, yet the technological advances that have occurred in the past two decades since have proven the need for a reform bill to address the new digital challenges of today. The United States’ Senate IP Subcommittee held their first of eight hearings this week to discuss potential actions to be taken towards modernizing the DMCA.


  • LOT Network (License on Transfer) is a nonprofit organization that protects companies’ patents against PAEs (Patent Assertion Entities). More than 620 companies have jointed the LOT community since 2014 when LOT was established


  • When applying for a trademark, an applicant may face complications such as an application rejection due to various reasons. A “confusingly similar” rejection is issued when “the trademark examiner believes that there is a likelihood of confusion between your trademark and the mark of another,” whether a registered or pending mark (“BitLaw Guidance”).

    The significance of identifying “confusing similarity” in a trademark is to prevent confusion by the public between marks and their goods and services provided.


  • The expansion of the legal usage of cannabis in states throughout the US emphasizes the relevance of intellectual property protection as with any new and expanding industry. Thus, it is natural that the cannabis industry would seek to obtain protection for their inventions as soon as possible, just like anyone else.


  • 37 CFR 1.183 “suspension of rules” and 37 CFR 2.146 (a) (5) state that “petition may be taken to the director in an extraordinary situation, when justice requires and no other party is injured thereby, to request a suspension or waiver of any requirement of the rules not being a requirement of the Act of 1946.” The USPTO views COVID-19 to be an “extraordinary situation.”


  • With the mutual approval of the Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020, the United Kingdom (“UK”) marked its official leave from the European Union (“EU”) on January 31, 2020. Since then, people have wondered what the UK’s next steps will be and specifically, what will this mean for intellectual property.


  • An inventor may obtain a patent protection for their new product by applying through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Patents are meant to guarantee an inventor the negative right to exclude others and protect their product or method. Certain cases may inhibit an inventor from receiving a patent such as violating the on-sale bar. The on-sale bar statute 35 U.S.C. § 102 (b) in the Patent Act, a statute that governs patent law in the United States, establishes the limitations an inventor may encounter when attempting to obtain a patent.


  • Three Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property hearings were held in June to discuss the state of patent eligibility and solicit other stakeholder’s feedback. These three hearings featured three panels of five witnesses each, for a total of 45 witnesses. After the final hearing, the bill draft went back for changes.


  • The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) has yet again been extended by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) until September 30, 2020. The main objective of this program is to help promote compact prosecution and bolster collaboration between examiners and stakeholders.