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Recent IP Headlines

The Kessler Doctrine, a principle of patent law established by the US Supreme Court in 1907, allows the manufacturer of a product, which has been found by a court not to infringe a particular patent, to preclude the patent holder from asserting rights against the manufacturer's customers and other users of the product.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently decided that an absence of the term "means" in a patent claim no longer gives rise to a strong legal presumption that the claim is not a "means-plus-function" claim.
The St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP) trains city high school sophomores and juniors for the workforce by placing them in internships with area businesses, including law firms.
Once again, Chambers USA has recognized Senniger Powers LLP as a Band 1 intellectual property firm for 2015.
As of today, the U.S. has a new path for obtaining international coverage for ornamental designs.
St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts ("VLAA") recently recognized Julie Jennings for her March 16 presentation on copyright law basics to more than thirty local artists.
St. Louis Small Business Monthly has recognized Janet S. Hendrickson, Ph.D., as one of the 100 St. Louisans You Should Know to Succeed in Business.
St. Louis Small Business Monthly has named Senniger Powers one of the Best in Reliability for 2015.
On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., reversing the decision of the Eighth Circuit and holding that a decision on likelihood of confusion by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) should be given preclusive effect in subsequent District Court litigation...
Historically, the Federal Circuit has reviewed claim construction determinations de novo.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently decided Utah Research v. Ambry Genetics Corporation, Nos. 2014-1361 and 2014-1366, on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.
Senniger Powers LLP has been selected by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® as a 2015 St. Louis Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" in the areas of Patent Litigation, Patent Law, and Trademark Law.
Senniger Powers is pleased to announce that Robert Evans, Michael Godar, Kathleen Petrillo, and Marc Vander Tuig have been selected to the 2014 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List.
Janet Hendrickson, partner at Senniger Powers LLP, has been elected to the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA IPL) Council.
As has been well-publicized, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued preliminary examination instructions in view of the Supreme Court's decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v CLS Bank Int'l regarding analyzing claims with abstract...
The viral awareness and fundraising campaign known as the Ice Bucket Challenge has swept the country, raising more than $100 million for research focused on ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Senniger Powers congratulates Robert M. Evans, Jr., Paul I. Fleischut, Michael E. Godar, Kurt F. James, Kathleen M. Petrillo, John K. Roedel, Jr., and Marc W. Vander Tuig, all of whom were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.
In July 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released two cases, X2Y Attenuators, LLC v. International Trade Commission and Golden Bridge Technology v. Apple Inc., in which the court applied the doctrine of claim scope disavowal to limit claim scope.
On July 11, 2014 the Federal Circuit released its Digitech and H-W Tech. decisions addressing patentability of digital conversion technology, and implications of the timing of a certificate of correction vis-à-vis the filing of a lawsuit.
With a stroke of Governor Jay Nixon’s pen, this week Missouri joined the growing list of states that have enacted laws to curb bad faith assertions of patent infringement.

America Invents Act

Paul Tietz was quoted in the recent Law360 article “USPTO Patent Term Adjustment Rules Praised by IP Attys.”
Additional provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) will become effective over the next several days.
On January 14, 2013, President Obama signed into law H.R. 6621, which makes certain technical corrections to the America Invents Act.
The 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act has made it easier to comply with patent marking requirements.
Businesses may want to monitor their competitors' pending patent applications more closely due to changes in the law that will soon take effect.
On January 25, the USPTO released a set of proposed rules and fees to implement the Supplemental Examination procedures mandated by the America Invents Act (AIA).

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