Donika Pentcheva has been appointed Vice Chair of the High Tech and Software Patent Committee

The American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law has appointed Donika Pentcheva as Vice Chair of the High Tech and Software Patent Committee.  The scope of the High Tech and Software Patent Committee includes issues relating to the intellectual property protection of inventions in the technology fields.  In particular, the committee is tasked with […]

Donika Pentcheva is recognized with a Top-Rated Attorney Rating in 2020

Donika Pentcheva humbly accepts being recognized with a Top-Rated Attorney Rating in 2020 by the legal community. The recognition is being bestowed by Avvo.com, a platform for consumer information regarding attorneys.

An Inventor’s Sale of an Invention to a Third Party who is Obligated to Keep the Invention Confidential can Qualify as Prior Art

The United States Supreme Court held in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al. (No. 17-1229, 2019) that inventor’s sale of an invention to a third party who is obligated to keep the invention confidential can qualify as prior art under section 102(a) of title 35 of the United States Code.  The […]

Donika’s Intellectual Property Law Research Has Been Cited in a Multi-District Patent Litigation Case in Texas

Donika Pentcheva is pleased to announce that her research involving intellectual property law has been cited in In RE: Industrial Print Technologies, LLC, Patent Litigation, a case pending before the Northern District of Texas. Before the Court were seven identical Motions for Leave to Amend the Pleadings to Add Acacia Research Group, LLC (“ARG”) as […]

United States Representative Thomas Massie introduces “Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2020” (H.R. 7366)

On June 25, 2020, United States Representative Thomas Massie (a Republican representing Kentucky’s District Four) introduced in the United States House of Representatives a bill titled “Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2020” (also referred to as H.R. 7366).  If enacted into law, H.R. 7366 would repeal the “first-to-file” system under the America Invents […]

Appointments of United States Patent and Trademark Office Administrative Patent Judges

The Solicitor General, on behalf of the United States, petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States for a writ of certiorari to review the judgments of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the following two cases: Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc. and Polaris Innovations Limited v. Kingston […]

Adding “.com” To A Generic Name Can Create A Protectable Trademark

In an 8-1 majority decision, the United States Supreme Court held that adding “.com” to a generic name can create a protectable trademark. United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com B.V. A generic name is the name of a class of products or services. Id. A term styled “generic.com” is a generic name for […]

The Classification of Merchandise by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is Important

Apple filed suit against the U.S. in the U.S. Court of International Trade in which Apple challenged U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s classification of Apple’s iPad 2 Smart Cover under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) Subheading 6307.90.98.  Apple, Inc. v. United States, 375 F. Supp. 3d 1288 (Ct. Int’l Trade 2019).  […]

Donika Pentcheva has been named to the Top Five Percent of America's Most Honored Lawyers

Donika expresses gratitude for being nominated and, ultimately, named to the top five percent of America’s most honored lawyers.

USPTO Will Accept Petitions to Advance Initial Examination of Applications for Marks Used to Identify Qualifying COVID-19 Medical Products and Services

Beginning June 16, 2020, the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) will accept petitions to advance initial examination of applications for marks used to identify qualifying COVID-19 medical products and services.  Because the USPTO considers the effects of COVID-19 to be an “extraordinary situation” within the meaning of 37 C.F.R. § […]

Donika Pentcheva has been appointed Vice Chair of the High Tech and Software Patent Committee

The American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law has appointed Donika Pentcheva as Vice Chair of the High Tech and Software Patent Committee.  The scope of the High Tech and Software Patent Committee includes issues relating to the intellectual property protection of inventions in the technology fields.  In particular, the committee is tasked with […]

United States Representative Thomas Massie introduces “Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2020” (H.R. 7366)

On June 25, 2020, United States Representative Thomas Massie (a Republican representing Kentucky’s District Four) introduced in the United States House of Representatives a bill titled “Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2020” (also referred to as H.R. 7366).  If enacted into law, H.R. 7366 would repeal the “first-to-file” system under the America Invents […]