Posts Categorized: IP Legislation

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]