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Donika Pentcheva's Research was Cited by the United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Donika Pentcheva’s research was cited by the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in Realtime Adaptive Streaming, L.L.C. v. Netflix, Inc., Civil Action No. 17-1692-CFC-SRF (D. Del. Dec. 12, 2018).

General Information on Patents: Importance of Filing Applications Promptly

A patent application must be filed in accordance with the United States patent laws. One of the most critical requirements of our patent laws is that a patent application must be filed promptly. As of March 16, 2013, patents will be awarded to the first inventor to file a patent application for a particular invention.…

The European Patent Office Refuses Two Patent Applications Designating A Machine Inventor

The European Patent Office has refused two European patent applications in which a machine is designated as an inventor. Both patent applications indicate “DABUS” as inventor, which is described as “a type of connectionist artificial intelligence.” The applicant stated that they acquired the right to the European patent from the inventor by being its successor…

Trademark Licensing Protection Act

Franchising is governed by trademark law which is enacted in the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq. This law requires that franchisors police the use of their intellectual property licensed to third parties so that the brand is consistent and uniform to consumers. While trademark law requires franchisors and franchisees to enact controls to…

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Enacts a New Rule Mandating Electronic Filing for Trademark Submissions

Subject to limited exceptions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is enacting a new rule that mandates electronic filing for trademark submissions. In particular, trademark applicants and registrants will be required to: File their trademark applications and documents concerning trademark applications and registrations online using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Electronic Application System;…

Implications of The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that the USMCA “will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA.”  U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added that “there is no question of course that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA.” What will be the impact of the USMCA?  The U.S. International…

U.S. Senators Introduce A Bill to Enforce Design Patents at the U.S. Border

On December 5, 2019, four U.S. senators introduced a bill that would allow Customs and Border Patrol (“CBP”) to directly seize goods based on design patent infringement.  The bill is titled the “Counterfeit Goods Seizure Act of 2019.”  Currently, design patents at the CBP can only be enforced by seeking an exclusion order from the…

Donika Pentcheva Is Recognized as Best Legal Counsel for Intellectual Property Law

Donika Pentcheva is recognized as Best Legal Counsel in 2019 for Intellectual Property Law. Best Legal Counsel uses its own independent criteria, including both objective and subjective factors in determining if an attorney will be recognized in their respective field. The designation is based upon our proprietary analysis and is not intended to be endorsed…

Donika Pentcheva has been named to America’s Most Honored Professionals

Donika Pentcheva has been placed in the top ten percent of America’s Most Honored Professionals for 2019.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Issues Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

On January 7, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published its 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance in the Federal Register at 84 Fed. Reg. 50. Ten months later in October 2019, the USPTO published an update using further explanation and examples primarily directed to examination procedures. The Updated Guidance is…

General Information on Patents: Importance of Filing Applications Promptly

A patent application must be filed in accordance with the United States patent laws. One of the most critical requirements of our patent laws is that a patent application must be filed promptly. As of March 16, 2013, patents will be awarded to the first inventor to file a patent application for a particular invention.…

The European Patent Office Refuses Two Patent Applications Designating A Machine Inventor

The European Patent Office has refused two European patent applications in which a machine is designated as an inventor. Both patent applications indicate “DABUS” as inventor, which is described as “a type of connectionist artificial intelligence.” The applicant stated that they acquired the right to the European patent from the inventor by being its successor…

Trademark Licensing Protection Act

Franchising is governed by trademark law which is enacted in the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq. This law requires that franchisors police the use of their intellectual property licensed to third parties so that the brand is consistent and uniform to consumers. While trademark law requires franchisors and franchisees to enact controls to…

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Enacts a New Rule Mandating Electronic Filing for Trademark Submissions

Subject to limited exceptions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is enacting a new rule that mandates electronic filing for trademark submissions. In particular, trademark applicants and registrants will be required to: File their trademark applications and documents concerning trademark applications and registrations online using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Electronic Application System;…

Implications of The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that the USMCA “will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA.”  U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added that “there is no question of course that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA.” What will be the impact of the USMCA?  The U.S. International…

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