2020 Intellectual Property Year-in-Review

  • May 12, 2021

The 2020 Intellectual Property Law Year-in-Review presented by L&A Partners Eric Carnevale, Nathan Harris, and Nicole Palmer provided valuable insights on:

Significant developments in patent law in the federal courts in 2020, including:

  • Supreme Court decisions affecting patent rights;
  • Changes to the PTAB’s practice, in particular regarding petitions for inter partes review; and
  • A selection of significant cases decided by the Federal Circuit over the course of the year

Trademark and Copyright decisions from 2020, including:

  • Protectability of color trademarks on products and packaging;
  • “.sucks” and other generic top-level domains (gTLDs);
  • Recovery of trademark infringer’s profits;
  • “Use in commerce” requirements in the cannabis industry; and
  • the interoperability of software and recent procedural changes at the USPTO in light of the Google v. Oracle copyright case currently before the Supreme Court.

A high-level overview of domestic and international practice updates and trends, including:

  • Patentable subject matter;
  • Substantive legislation and rule changes;
  • Brexit;
  • Trade; and
  • The global response to the pandemic.

To watch a full recording of the presentation, please click here.

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