Firm News

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Oblon Spivak is pleased to announce that Mamoru Kakuda has joined the firm's Chemical Patent Practice Group as Of Counsel. Mr. Kakuda brings over 26 years of experience in intellectual property and transactional law including patent preparation and prosecution, formulation of validity and ...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
ROANOKE, VIRGINIA, August 19, 2014 – HomeTrust Bank of Asheville, North Carolina, and HomeTown Bank, of Roanoke, Virginia, have settled their summer-long service mark feud by an amicable agreement and a cessation of litigation in the Virginia federal courts. In May and June, the parties ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Chris Bullard was quoted in Law360 article, USPTO's Scrutiny Of Software Patents Paying Off regarding the USPTO's efforts to more closely scrutinize software patents and its reduction of the incentive for patent applicants to seek vague, broad claims. Read the full article here. 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Dr. Dianna DeVore was featured on a Bloomberg BNA panel last month entitled, "Patent Eligibility from the Trenches: Practical Implications of the Supreme Court's Mayo and Myriad Decisions" to discuss subject matter eligibility. Read the event details here.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Jonathan Hudis was featured in “Lawyers weigh in on Supreme Court's Aereo Ruling” which stated that online television streaming service, Aereo Inc., violates copyright law by retransmitting over-the-air programming without authorization.   Read the full article here.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Disruptive Technologies on Content Delivery? – Not So Fast Says Supreme Court By Jonathan Hudis In American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., Appeal No. 13-461 (S. Ct. June 25, 2014), the Supreme Court found that Aereo’s audiovisual content retransmission and delivery service infringed ...
Friday, June 20, 2014
Event date:  June 25, 2014 at 12 p.m. On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. on determining patent eligibility standards for software and business method patents. Please join Oblon Spivak’s authoritative panel for a debrief of ...
Friday, June 20, 2014
Michael Kiklis was quoted in Law360 article, "Lawyers weigh in On High Court's Software Patent Ruling" regarding the recent Alice Corp Pty Ltd. v CLS Bank International decision. The court ruled that computerized abstract ideas are not patent eligible. Read the full article here.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Michael Kiklis, Scott McKeown, and Greg Gardella participated in the first ever live inter partes review under the AIA for the K-40 Electronics LLC v. Escort Inc case. The Judge stated that live testimony will be a rare exception at oral arguments and will still be determined on a case by case ...
Thursday, June 19, 2014
For the second time, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “TTAB”) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has ruled that the REDSKINS trademark registrations should be cancelled because the term is disparaging to Native American Indians.  In 1999, the TTAB’s decision was ...