Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Publishes New Patent Rules

On August 21, 2007, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its much anticipated new rules regarding continuing application practice and limitations on the number of claims presented for examination. The new rules are allegedly being adopted...

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Recent In re Seagate Federal Circuit Decision Addresses Willful Infringement and Waiver

On August 20, 2007, the Federal Circuit announced its much anticipated en banc decision in In re Seagate Technology, which focused on willful infringement and the scope of the waiver that accompanies assertion of the advice of counsel defense. Executive...

Vandeventer Black LLP
Copyright Protection for Business Forms

by Jane D. Tucker The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recently addressed the subject of copying of a basic business form. In Phoenix Renovation Corp. v. Rodriguez [ 461 F. Supp. 2d 411 (E.D. Va. 2006) ], the Court ruled...

Vandeventer Black LLP
Protecting Your Trademark and/or Service Mark Rights

by Jane D. Tucker One of the most important assets of a business is the name of the product or service which it provides. A trademark is a term, expression or design that identifies and distinguishes a product from that manufactured or sold by others...