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Europe's New Unitary Patent and Unitary Patent Court

            The European Union is in the process of adopting a new Unitary Patent, a single patent expected to cover most European countries.  Along with the Unitary Patent a new Unitary Patent Court is being formed to enforce those paten… Read More
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Incorporating Trade Secrets into an IP Portfolio Under the New Defend Trade Secrets Act

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the President signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016, in an effort to strengthen trade secret protection by providing companies with the option of filing federal civil lawsuits for trade secrets theft.… Read More
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IPR Patent Challenges to be Considered by Supreme Court

On January 15, 2016, the Supreme Court decided to consider whether Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings will continue to function under the rules that have resulted in an unprecedentedly high rate of patent invalidations. The case to be heard is Cuo… Read More
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GLBF Honored as Elite I.P. Firm

Gardner, Linn, Burkhart & Flory, LLP is pleased to announce that the firm and its attorneys have again been honored as among the best intellectual property firms and practitioners in the nation.  Don Gardner, Terry Linn, Fred Burkhart, Tim Flory… Read More
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USPTO Moves a Step Closer to Providing a Global Filing Portal

On November 20, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office launched “Global Dossier,” available at http://globaldossier.uspto.gov/#/, which provides access to patent applications and their corresponding prosecution histories in the U.S.,… Read More
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China is #1. Does it matter to you?

China has long been known as a source for affordable labor, where products can be made and shipped around the world for a fraction of the price of making them in the market where they will ultimately be sold. It has also been known a place where new… Read More
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Pro Bono Reinvented for Intellectual Property

Most attorneys who practice exclusively in the field of intellectual property (“IP”) are well accustomed to fielding calls from people trying to learn about securing or enforcing their IP rights. Such inquiries rarely come from people who… Read More
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A NEW PATENT LAW REWARDS EARLY FILING

Dramatic changes to the patent law are underway that will have a significant impact on the patent application process.  On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed into law the America Invents Act which includes amendments that will shift the focu… Read More
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SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS STRONG VALIDITY STANDARD FOR ISSUED PATENTS: MICROSOFT CORP. V. I4I LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

The US Supreme Court has affirmed that an issued patent has a presumption of validity that requires a high standard of proof to overcome.  In Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership,[1] the Supreme Court affirmed that an invalidity defense in a p… Read More
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GOOD NEWS FOR PATENT OWNERS, THE DEFENSE OF INEQUITABLE CONDUCT IS DRAMATICALLY RESTRICTED BY FEDERAL CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

The patent law defense of inequitable conduct, sometimes referred to as fraud on the Patent Office, has been dramatically restricted by an en banc ruling of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the court of appeals responsible for all patent… Read More
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