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Recent IP Headlines

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 ideas under 35 U.S.C. § 101 to determine eligibility for patenting. 
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.
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), signed into law on September 16, 2011, made significant changes to the United States patent system.
Suppose you represent a small company with limited resources and they are sued for some type of intellectual property infringement.
Senniger Powers is participating again this year in the St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP).
On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court released two highly anticipated decisions in the cases Limelight Networks v. Akamai Tech. and Nautilus v. BioSig.
The 2014 edition of Chambers USA recognizes Senniger Powers LLP as a Band 1 intellectual property firm "with a well-earned reputation for expertise in patent prosecution and IP litigation."
Since the enactment of the America Invents Act, the use of Inter Partes Review (IPR) has steadily gained popularity as a tool for accused infringers to challenge the validity of patents.
It has recently been reported that consumers in China are increasingly interested in purchasing products that are manufactured in the United States.
In recent years, more than ten patent reform bills have been introduced purporting to address, at least in part, patent trolls, including Representative Goodlatte’s Innovation Act and Senator Leahy’s Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013. Though none of these bills has yet become law, on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States struck a significant blow in favor of those seeking reform by lowering the bar to impose sanctions on patent holders that bring baseless patent suits.
Jan Hendrickson, Ph.D., will be the moderator of two panels at the American Bar Association's 26th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, to be held in April in Arlington VA.
St. Louis Small Business Monthly has named Paul Fleischut one of the 2014 Top Small Business Lawyers.
Senniger Powers is pleased to announce that Jason H. Conway has been promoted to partner effective January 2014.

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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