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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 J. Alexander Lawrence
Since the advent of the Internet, the music industry has been in a pitched battle to combat online piracy. Initially, the industry focused on shutting down services that offered peer-to-peer or other similar platforms, such as Napster, Aimster and Grokster. For a time, the industry also focused on filing claims against individual infringers to dissuade others from engaging similar conduct. In recent years, the industry seems to have shifted focus toward Internet Service Providers.
By Conor Tucker
The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) requires pleading a connection between a trade secret, a product or service, and interstate commerce. But failure to prove such a connection divests the district court of subject matter jurisdiction. This article summarizes the first three years of cases discussing the jurisdictional element and explores implications.
By Veronica Mullally Munoz
By Jeffrey S. Ginsberg
SCOTUS Confirms that Secret Sales Continue to Qualify as Prior Art Under the AIA
New York District Judge Extends Estoppel Under §315(e) to Grounds Not Raised in Petition for Inter Partes Review