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Marijuana’s Role in the Pursuit of Patent Rights

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 in Articles

Marijuana is big business and the opportunities to make money, just like the plant, will only continue to grow. In 2015, Colorado’s marijuana sales came close to a staggering one billion dollars. And in next month’s election, five states will be voting on legalizing ­marijuana for recreational purposes, while four more states will be asking voters to decide whether the plant should be ­available for medical purposes. Businesses will ­expand and new companies will be born in order to try to cash in on this ­lucrative market.

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The Current State of Computer Software Patentability

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 in Articles

Remember Morse code? Perhaps mention of the name conjures up movie images of telegraph operators communicating over long distances, by tapping out “dashes” and “dots” that correspond to letters of the alphabet. What many people do not realize is that Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse code, fought a protracted battle to protect his patent rights. One of his patent claims stands out: the use of electromagnetism to print “intelligible characters, signs or letters.”

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CR Attorney Moderating Keynote Session at 2016 AIPF Annual Meeting

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 in Events

CR attorney Eric Marzluf, who serves on the Board and as Vice President of the Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF), will be the Moderator in the 2016 AIPF Annual Meeting’s keynote session “The New IP: Intelligent Pricing” on September 15, 2016.

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Caesar Rivise Attorneys Named to 2017 “Best Lawyers in America”

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 in News

Ten Caesar Rivise attorneys were named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 ranking of peer-reviewed professionals. This annual list of carefully vetted attorneys is recognized by Corporate Counsel as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice”.

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Options for Dealing with Patent Office Final Rejections

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 in Articles

It happened again. Your company is trying to obtain valuable patent rights, and for the second time (or perhaps the third time, or the fourth time) the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rejected your patent application. Is there an end in sight?

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Thinking About a Marketing Campaign Based Upon an Olympics Theme? Think Again (Unless You Have Permission)!

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 in Blog

The 2016 Rio Olympics® are upon us and the eyes of the world are firmly focused on Brazil, host of this summer’s blockbuster event for a brief two week period from August 5th to the 21st. During this short period of time, companies of all sizes look to grab the attention of fans all over the world by associating themselves with the games.

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Intellectual Property Rights in the U.K. After Brexit

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 in Articles

While the dust continues to settle from Brexit, questions abound regarding how the United Kingdom’s historic vote to leave the European Union will affect the future. One important subject is intellectual property. How does Brexit affect intellectual ¬property rights in the U.K.?

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CR Attorney Presenting at Annual Paragraph IV Disputes Master Symposium

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 in Events

CR Attorney Lynn Terrebonne will be a presenter in the “Mock Parallel Proceeding: Pharmaceutical Patent Invalidity Hearing in the District Court and the PTAB” at the American Conference Institute’s 4th Annual Paragraph IV Disputes Master Symposium being held in Chicago, IL on September 19-20, 2016.

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New Option for Responding to Final Rejections in the USPTO

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Blog

The USPTO has just announced the launch of the Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) program. The P3 program combines the best features of two other after final programs offered by the USPTO: (1) the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) 2.0 program and (2) the Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Pilot (PABCP) program.

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Federal Circuit: Another Internet-Based Patent Passes Muster under Alice

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog

The Federal Circuit, in BASCOM Global Internet Servs., Inc. v. AT&T Mobility, LLC, 2016 U.S. App. Lexis 11687 (June 27, 2016), reversed a grant of a motion to dismiss in which a district court held that the patentee of U.S. Patent No. 5,987,606 (‘606 patent) failed to state a claim of infringement because the claims of that patent were invalid as a matter of law under 35 U.S.C. §101. The Federal Circuit concluded that the “ordered combination of [claim] limitations [were] sufficient to satisfy the second step of the Supreme Court’s Alice [patent-eligibility] test.”

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