On November 4th to November 5th, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. CT, the UIC John Marshall Law School Center is hosting its 65th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference.  The virtual conference offers an impressive lineup of Moderators and Panelists covering an expansive list of topics.  Sessions for each day are listed

My partners Steve Jedlinski and Anthony Fuga recently wrote a valuable article about a new Federal Circuit decision dealing with functionality and exhaustion issues for design patents. It is republished below with permission.

In a relatively rare opinion regarding design patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit weighed in recently on the

The Medicines Co. v. Mylan Inc., No. 11 C 1285, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Oct. 30, 2017) (St. Eve, J.).

Judge St. Eve granted in part defendants’ bill of costs awarding $217k in this ANDA patent dispute.

Defendants were the prevailing party because they were determined not to infringe either of plaintiff’s patents. In

Last month, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) finding that Emporium Arcade Bar could not register the mark shown below without disclaiming EMPORIUM.

Emporium Arcade Bar

The TTAB found that the word EMPORIUM is descriptive of “video and amusement arcade services,” “bar services,” and “bar services featuring snacks.” The TTAB further found that

I attended the 14th annual Rocky Mountain IP & Technology Institute at the beginning of June. An interesting addition to this year’s Institute was the panel of PTAB personnel, including the following:

  • Nathan Kelley, PTO Solicitor and former Acting Chief Administrative Patent Judge
  • Patrick Bucher, Administrative Patent Judge
  • Melissa Haapala, Administrative Patent Judge
  • K

Trading Techs. Int’l, Inc. v. CQG, Inc., No. 05 C 4811, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill.) (Coleman, J.).

Judge Coleman granted plaintiff Trading Technologies’ (“TT”) motion to terminate Markman proceedings in this patent case involving commodities trading software — click here for much more on this case in the Blog’s archives).  Defendants (collectively “CQG”) sought

On September 26, Chicago-Kent is hosting its fourth annual U.S. Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review.  Seventh Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood will deliver the keynote address, titled “Is It Time to Abolish the Federal Circuit’s Exclusive Jurisdiction in Patent Cases?”  It promises to be a very interesting discussion.

The one-day conference will be held at