Firm News

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Under the new directive, RCE's will be processed like Divisional and Continuation applications. RCEs will be given priority over regular applications. However, there is no longer a 2 month deadline, so the RCE will no longer be acted on immediately.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Agency Files Joint Motion with Plaintiff GlaxoSmithKline to Dismiss Lawsuit Related to Regulations Affecting the Ability to Secure Patent Protection for Inventions Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has signed a new Final Rule rescinding ...
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Kappos sees 15 percent surcharge on USPTO patent fees in 2010 and 4-year phase in of post-grant patent review proceedings Yesterday USPTO Director DAVID KAPPOS said during a news conference discussing the Obama administration’s October 5 letter on patent reform that he expected the ...
Monday, August 31, 2009
On August 31, 2009, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in In re Bose Corporation, holding that “a trademark is obtained fraudulently under the Lanham Act only if the applicant or registrant knowingly makes a false, material representation with the intent to deceive the PTO.”
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Oblon, Spivak announces that Norman F. Oblon has been selected as a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. He is being honored for his role in building one of the largest law firms in the country to specialize in intellectual property, and in mentoring young IP lawyers.
Friday, August 7, 2009
The U.S. Senate today confirmed David Kappos as the new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement: “We are grateful to the Senate for its swift ...
Friday, July 31, 2009
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas, has dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, a patent infringement suit filed in 2007 against SkyHawke Technologies, LLC by plaintiffs GPS Industries, Inc. and Optimal I.P. Holdings, L.P. The patent at issue involved golf GPS devices. This decision dismisses the patent infringement suit against all defendants.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Visto Corporation and RIM jointly announced today the global settlement of all patent litigation between the two companies. In March 2009 Visto acquired Good Technology, Inc., from Motorola. The combined companies now operate together under the name Good Technology.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
"Thank you for permitting me to provide comments on the decision by the Federal Circuit to grant rehearing en banc in Tafas v. Doll. I am encouraged by the decision by the Federal Circuit. It represents an opportunity for judges who share Judge Rader's views that the PTO rulemaking in toto was ...
Monday, June 22, 2009
  Steve Kunin from Oblon, Spivak Comments on Nominee for USPTO Head "Dave Kappos is an excellent pick for the new Director. He meets all the criteria proffered to the Obama administration by IPO, ABA and AIPLA. His agenda will be to improve patent quality, reduce patent pendency, continue ...