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Section 145 of the U.S. Patent Act (35 U.S.C. §145) and §21(b) of the Lanham Act covering trademarks (15 U.S.C. §1071(b)) provide for two types of challenges from the decisions of the U.S. Patent and Trademark (USPTO) internal appeals boards — the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Applicants in cases where there are no adverse third parties can bring a new civil case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or the USPTO decision refusing to register a patent or trademark can be directly appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Further appeals from the district court’s decisions are to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in trademark cases or to the Federal Circuit in patent cases. Parties in the district court action are allowed to submit new evidence not considered by the TTAB, but parties in direct appeals to the Federal Circuit are not.
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By Shaleen J. Patel
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that individual states are free to commit copyright infringement. The Court held that Congress attempted to abrogate states’ sovereign immunity in an unconstitutional manner when enacting the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990 (CRCA).
By Gunjan Agarwal
While AI is rising as a key commercial player at the global scale with an expected market size of almost $400 billion by 2025, are patent laws around the world equipped to incentivize this revolution?
By Felix Eyzaguirre and Katherine D. Prescott
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By Jeff Ginsberg and Matthew Weiss
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