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  • Patented Invention Spotlight – Aqua Dam by Layfield Group By Devin Ricci The City of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas have been struck by devastating floods.  Thousands were stranded. The roadways to their homes are flooded and most impassable.  Flooding is not new to Louisiana.  Just over ten years ago, the state experienced one of the most devastating natural disasters on record with [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • The New Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Provides Federal Remedies for Trade Secret Misappropriation By Jessica C. Engler On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). Through the DTSA, claims for trade secret misappropriation will now have a basis in Federal law and Federal Courts will have jurisdiction over such claims. In addition to the new federal cause of [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Googling the Marketplace of Ideas By Jessica C. Engler For many inventors, the grant of a patent application is quite exciting. However, once the inventor seeks to market their invention, they can find the process costly and overwhelming. Often when small companies or solo inventors develop new ideas that are later patented, they discover that manufacture or use of the [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Patent By R. Devin Ricci The general outlay of this guide is to present some of the who, what, where, when, and why of the patent system in order to be able to explain the all-important how to obtain a patent. This guide aims to acquaint the reader with various aspects of the patent process, laying [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Got a “Blank Space” Next to Your Slogan? Try a Trademark… By Jessica Engler Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is primarily known for her musical talents, but the pop star has recently made headlines for her work in the intellectual property realm. According to the database of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), Swift has filed several trademark applications to register catchphrases from her 2014 album [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Protection of Trademarks from Cybersquatters By Bill Caughman In 1999, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) adopted the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) which established a system for dispute resolution between owners of internet domain names and trademark owners. The UDRP allows a trademark owner to file a complaint with various administrative bodies, such as the National [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Is it Time for Your Business to Have a Check-Up? By Sonny Chastain We have become accustomed to having regular check-ups with our doctors. The doctor will analyze our current physical condition, including heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol level, lung condition or otherwise. The doctor may order a treadmill test or a screening for a particular function. The doctor will also compare current test results [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Definitely Indefinite? Supreme Court Issues Decision in Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments By Devin Ricci One of the lesser-known requirements for a patent is that it must claim a “definite” invention. The issue of definiteness lies primarily with the patent draftsperson, often a patent attorney or agent that is hired to expand the scope of an invention as broadly as possible without crossing the line into indefiniteness. [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Judicial Troll Hunting By Jessica Engler and Devin Ricci On May 21, 2014, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy pulled the plug on the latest bill aimed at fighting patent trolls. The term “patent troll” is an aptly coined name for non-practicing entities, companies formed to hold and collect royalties on patent rights without manufacturing, using, or otherwise [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • You Can’t Patent My DNA: A brief on Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. By R. Devin Ricci and Pamela A. Baxter  The question as to whether isolated strands of human DNA are patent eligible subject matter has finally been answered. The Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc (1), on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Confirming what many patent practitioners anticipated, [...] Continue Reading... ....