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On Dec. 16, 2016, Diageo North America, Inc. (Diageo) sued Sazerac Company, Inc., and Sazerac Brands, LLC (collectively Sazerac) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, claiming, among other things, that Sazerac had committed willful trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices. Diageo North America, Inc. v. Sazerac Company, Inc., No. 16 CV 09747 (S.D.N.Y.).
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By James W. Soong
For the foreseeable future, patent applications involving artificial intelligence technologies will increase with the continued proliferation of such technologies. However, subject matter eligibility can be a significant challenge in securing patents on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
By John Bowler and Kristie Butler
Nearly a century after endorsing the doctrine of assignor estoppel, the Court concluded that it applies “when, but only when, the assignor’s claim of invalidity contradicts explicit or implicit representations he made in assigning the patent.”
By Eric Alan Stone and Catherine Nyarady
The Supreme Court is considering a petition in a §101 case, in which the Federal Circuit split six-to-six in denying rehearing en banc, and in which the Supreme Court recently called for the views of the Solicitor General.
By Andrei Iancu and David J. Kappos
For the U.S. to maintain its technological edge, it must encourage Americans to make more discoveries in AI and other emerging technologies. This in turn requires providing strong IP rights to incentivize and protect the huge investments required to make those discoveries.