The reverberations of last month’s Federal Circuit decision in In re Tam, which ruled the Lanham Act’s Section 2(a) ban on the registration of “disparaging” trademarks unconstitutional, are beginning to be felt. 299 more words
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Oral argument audio in Two Shields v. United States (Fed. Cir.):
Lower court materials here.
On December 22, 2015, the Federal Circuit ruled en banc that the portion of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act that precludes registration of “disparaging” trademarks is unconstitutional under the First Amendment. 1,006 more words
The Federal Circuit — with an assist from the First Amendment — recently took a small but significant bite out of the Lanham Act.
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By Reza Mollaaghababa
In SightSound Technologies, LLC v. Apple, Inc. (CBM2013-00020), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the patent appellate court) recently affirmed the decision of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to invalidate certain claims of SightSound’s patents 5,191,573 and 5,966,440 in a covered business method (CBM) proceeding based on an obviousness ground that was not expressly raised by the petitioner (Apple). 486 more words