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New Guidelines May Help Patent Software

, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) The pendulum may have swung back to patenting software again. Since 2014 when the Supreme Court handed down its inscrutable ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the patentability of software and computer systems became a gray area of law. Some also felt that former US... read full article

Two recent Supreme Court decisions shape the scope of post-grant patent proceedings

, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court announced opinions in two cases involving patent rights—Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, and SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu. The long-awaited Oil States opinion decided on the legality of inter partes reviews (IPRs); simila... read full article

New - USPTO Issues Guidance on Patent-Eligible Subject Matter (35 U.S.C. 101)

, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) As many software-related inventors can attest, patent protection can be difficult to obtain for software applications. Most software-related patent applications are rejected by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examiners, particularly under 35 U.S.C. § 101 – the statute th... read full article

Six Questions for Building a Brand

, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) 1.      Is your brand already in use by another? When creating a brand, it is important to verify that there are no other similar brand names used in connection with similar goods/services. The existence of multiple brand names could cause consumer confusion and pote... read full article

Supreme Court and Patent Death Squad

, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) Inter Partes Review (IPR) is an administrative proceeding before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). IPRs are generally an 18-month process in which a petitioner seeks invalidation of a patent based on prior publication (e.g., “prior ar... read full article

Track One Prioritized Patent Examination—Cut to the Front of the Line

, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) Under a typical examination by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the process of receiving an issued patent can take several years. For example, the average time before receiving a first office action (communication on the merits of application) is about 18 months. Moreov... read full article

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THE HITTING ACADEMY for providing baseball and softball-related training services, namely, baseball and softball lessons, batting cage training, instructional clinics in the field of baseball and softball, and organizing baseball and softball teams, namely, organizing sporting events in the national of baseball games The Hitting Academy Franchise, LLC.
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