Irwin IP Case Of The Week

Trademark Applicant Gets FUCT

On June 24, 2019, the Supreme Court held that the Lanham Act’s restriction against registration of immoral or scandalous trademarks, set forth in 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a), discriminated between speech based upon viewpoint in violation of the First Amendment. Iancu, Under Sec’y of Commerce for Intellectual Prop. & Dir., Patent

Read More

When is a Patent Challenge Undeliverable?

Although neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night prevents the United States Postal Service from the swift completion of its appointed rounds, the Supreme Court has prevented it from challenging patents. In Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service et al., 587 U. S. ____ (2019),

Read More

In Sony v. Iancu, Fed. Cir. Finds Everybody Wrong

On May 22, 2019, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals demonstrated the true meaning of de novo review, vacating a Final Written Decision (the “Decision”) issued upon Inter Partes Review by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) invalidating certain claims of U.S. Patent No.

Read More

Bad Breakup Trademark Wakeup

On May 20, 2019, in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology LLC, n/k/a Old Cold LLC, the Supreme Court settled a circuit split between the Seventh and First Circuits regarding what happens to a trademark licensee’s rights under a trademark license after that license is rejected by the licensor in

Read More

Amazon Debuts Pilot Program for Patent Infringement

Trying to deal with infringing goods on the internet has been a problem as long as the internet has been around and can be frustrating for patentees. Typically, the circumstances of online marketplaces have required patentees to file direct infringement suits against potential infringers, and only after a court has

Read More