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Stores like Aldi are increasingly popular with UK consumers as a result of offering “copycat” products of well-known brands at drastically lower prices. However, with this rise in popularity, brand owners and creatives are being increasingly frustrated by finding their products and ideas at the mercy of imitation products. One such aggrieved party was well known makeup brand Charlotte Tilbury (Tilbury), who found their “Starburst” lid design and the “Powder Design” of their “Filmstar Bronze and Glow” set had provided the ‘inspiration’ for Aldi’s own “Broadway Shape and Glow” set. More on the Aldi v. Tilbury Copycat Makeup Suit Here >
As technology marches forward, even the most established of industries are grappling with innovative new ways to track and utilize data and artificial intelligence. We recently spoke with several experts and thought leaders to gain insights into the areas our clients should be monitoring, because they could present opportunity and challenge for business—leading to swells in intellectual property or other disputes.
The adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into business process or commercial applications has grown in recent years. Even in long-enduring industries like healthcare, leaders are facing entirely new challenges. More Heathcare and Aerospace AI & IP Litigation here >
The USPTO has taken another major step in the fee-setting process for fee adjustments it expects to implement in January 2021, and published the proposed fees in the Federal Register. The major changes are the same as those originally proposed in August of 2018, and include two new fees that will impact all applicants and practitioners.  As before, all fees not specifically targeted for adjustment will increase by about 5%.  Public comments are due by September 30, 2019. More on the USPTO's New and  Proposed Fee Hikes here >
Introduction In two recent articles (see parts one and two of series), we discussed several aspects of a July 2019 Update that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued to the PTAB Trial Practice Guide.[i]  This article completes that discussion, addressing motions for joinder, and procedures regarding remands and the PTAB’s default protective order. 1. Motions for joinder
A party may seek to join a proceeding by filing a motion within one month of the date of institution of the proceeding. More on PTAB's Trial Practice Guide Update here >
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