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At the time of early discovery conferences, parties involved in disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board are required to consider “any additional topics that could promote settlement or efficient adjudication of the Board proceeding,’ including the Board’s Accelerated Case Resolution (ACR) procedure.” T.B.M.P. §401.01. Based on the number of proceedings that actually take advantage of ACR, however, there are very few takers. Of the 6,156 oppositions and 2,101 cancellations initiated before the Board in 2017 to date, only seventeen took advantage of ACR. See, http://bit.ly/2mKCCeJ.
By Alan L. Friel
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
By Scott Graham
The U.S. Supreme Court has jumped into a titanic copyright battle between Oracle Corp. and Google LLC with both barrels. The court’s involvement is sure to reignite a 50-year-old debate over how much, if any, software should be subject to copyright, and the contours of the fair use defense in the digital age.
By Phillip Bantz
Some of China’s largest companies have banded together with major brands in the United States and elsewhere to neutralize “patent trolls,” an indication that the country’s firms are becoming increasingly concerned about patent infringement litigation.
By Anthony H. Cataldo
U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Booking.com Trademark Case