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Vidal's Tenure May Make the PTAB a More Desirable Litigation Venue

Amara Osisioma

Director Kathi Vidal assumed the role of Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) in April 2022. Prior to her appointment as the director of the PTO, Director Vidal was a senior partner and intellectual property litigator at Winston & Strawn and a member of the executive committee of the firm. She had also been a principal at Fish & Richardson P.C., prior to her time at Winston & Strawn LLP, and had served as a member of the management committee. There is little doubt that she brought a deep understanding of patent disputes and district court litigation to her leadership at the PTO. This may result in making the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (“PTAB”) a more popular venue for patent disputes.

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Favorable Public Policies Drive Uptick in Patent Applications for Hydrogen Innovations

Liz Flannery, Thomas Carter

Hydrogen has emerged as a leader in the world’s energy transition towards cleaner fuels. In the last five to 10 years, favorable shifts in public policy and regulations have not only encouraged significant new investments, but have also driven research and development, with large corporations, universities, government-sponsored labs, and many others focusing on developing hydrogen technologies.

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*This article was previously published in Texas Lawyer on January 24, 2023.  

Danish Data Protection Authority Joins Pan-European Approach to Google Analytics

Matthew Baker, Nick Palmieri

The Danish Data Protection Authority (DPA), Datatilsynet, has determined that the use of Google Analytics is violative of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) because it enables companies to move individual’s personal information outside of the European Union (EU) without appropriate safeguards and protections.

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*This article was previously published in The Computer & Internet Lawyer in the February 2023 issue. 

Fourth Quarter 2022 Federal Circuit Update

Michael Hawes

Since serving as a Federal Circuit clerk, Michael Hawes has monitored that court's precedential opinions and prepares a deeply outlined index by subject matter (invalidity, infringement, claim construction, etc.) of relevant legal points - in order to assist clients seeking to identify recent law relevant to a particular problem.

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January 2023 Intellectual Report Recap
In case you missed it, here is a video recap of our January 2023 Intellectual Property Report that looked at: 

  • The Federal Circuit Revisits Minerva Surgical
  • Chanel’s Ongoing Trademark Battle with Luxury Resellers
  • Prompt, Inexpensive Relief From Patent Infringement Available to Small Startups through Amazon’s APEX Process
  • Recent Enforcement Proceedings Against Decentralized Autonomous Organizations and Liability Risk
  • ITC Transparency Trend Highlights Best Practices for Filing Complaints

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