July/August Newsletter The 4th of July, Sherman IP’s Philanthropy and the Supreme Court Decision Making Thoughtful Patent Prosecution Much More Important!   With summer in full steam, we hope you had a wonderful 4th of July, are getting some time off of work and just enjoying life.   In celebration of America’s Independence Day, … Continue reading July/August 2017 Sherman IP Newsletter

By Kenneth L. Sherman In May, the United States Supreme Court made it somewhat less expensive and easier for businesses to defend against what are often “strong-arm” patent lawsuits. The Supreme Court thereby made well-drafted patents, with strong claims and supportive specifications, much more valuable. At first glance, the Court’s decision in TC Heartland LLC … Continue reading Assessing Patent Infringement Claims in Light of New Venue Restrictions; Well-Drafted, Strong Patents Just Became More Valuable!

Sherman IP is Onboarding the AKeyMark Platform! Sherman IP is constantly innovating and striving to maintain its competitive edge. The AKeyMark Platform was launched to provide trademark applicants self-service tools when working with a trademark attorney. Sherman IP has always been the trademark legal team powering AKeyMark. Now, we’re excited to announce that Sherman IP … Continue reading June 2017 Sherman IP Newsletter

When you work in Intellectual Property law, you know a thing or two about creativity. This creative spark is the catalyst that propelled Kenneth L. Sherman, the Managing Partner of Sherman IP to rethink how Sherman IP approaches the traditional attorney client relationship. After hearing from clients about how many traditional law firms left them … Continue reading Innovating Client Relationships in Intellectual Property Protection – A Case Study with the L&R Group of Companies

By Kenneth L. Sherman On March 21, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented a new order to enhance their examination of trademark registrations up for renewal and to remove registrations that are no longer in use. The new order may result in the cancellation or limitation of a trademark registration if … Continue reading Getting Help for Your Trademark Renewals Just Became Imperative; Post-Registration Trademark Use Audits Now Conducted by USPTO

May 2017 Newsletter Our Clients Make Headlines! This month we’re focusing Sherman IP’s newsletter on you, our clients.  Over the past 25 years (yes, we’re gearing up to celebrate our 25th Anniversary this year!), we’ve built a reputation of providing high quality, efficient legal services. We look at you, our clients, as relationships where we … Continue reading May 2017 Sherman IP Newsletter

By Kenneth L. Sherman There’s a ton of confusion around the question, “Can I copyright my logo?” To answer this question appropriately, it’s important to first identify the scope of protection you may be seeking, by distinguishing between trademarks and copyrights. Each type of legal registration serves different purposes, are obtained differently, and provide different … Continue reading Should I Copyright or Trademark My Logo?

By Kenneth L. Sherman Coming up with a name for your company, product or service is one of the most important decisions you make that will set the stage for your brand and your future marketing efforts. How do you pick the right name that will not only sound great, but one that will allow … Continue reading Picking the Right Trademark for Your Brand

April 2017 Newsletter And the Winners Are… Last month we announced our participation and sponsorship of the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition (MEPC) and Min Family Social Entrepreneurship Challenge at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. This month we wanted to congratulate the student participants on a job well done and announce the winners! We are proud … Continue reading April 2017 Sherman IP Newsletter

Crowdfunding Tips You Need to Succeed Imagine the feeling you get when you’ve finally pressed the “launch” button on your Kickstarter campaign.  That one small click represents hundreds or even thousands of hours of hard work and creativity.  The feeling is one of excitement, relief and anticipation that funding will flow like manna from heaven.  You’ve done … Continue reading Crowdfunding Tips You Need to Succeed

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by Dennis Crouch Many of us have been criticizing the Federal Circuit new proclivity to issue no-opinion judgment – particularly in patent cases stemming from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The Court appears to be experimenting with a new method – short non-precedential decisions.  I highlight two decisions released on August 17: Gold Standard Instruments v. … Continue reading Short Non-Precedential Opinions?

by Dennis Crouch Many of us have been criticizing the Federal Circuit new proclivity to issue no-opinion judgment – particularly in patent cases stemming from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The Court appears to be experimenting with a new method – short non-precedential decisions.  I highlight two decisions released on August 17: Gold Standard Instruments v. … Continue reading Short Non-Precedential Opinions?

by Dennis Crouch Many of us have been criticizing the Federal Circuit new proclivity to issue no-opinion judgment – particularly in patent cases stemming from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The Court appears to be experimenting with a new method – short non-precedential decisions.  I highlight two decisions released on August 17: Gold Standard Instruments v. … Continue reading Short Non-Precedential Opinions?

by Dennis Crouch Many of us have been criticizing the Federal Circuit new proclivity to issue no-opinion judgment – particularly in patent cases stemming from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The Court appears to be experimenting with a new method – short non-precedential decisions.  I highlight two decisions released on August 17: Gold Standard Instruments v. … Continue reading Short Non-Precedential Opinions?

Georgetown Rail v. Holland (Fed. Cir. 2017) In a prior post, I noted that the Federal Circuit initially released this appellate decision under seal but requested that the parties show cause as to why it should remain under seal.  After receiving no objection from the parties, the court has now unsealed the decision. The case … Continue reading Breathing Preambles and Patent Ambiguity

Georgetown Rail v. Holland (Fed. Cir. 2017) In a prior post, I noted that the Federal Circuit initially released this appellate decision under seal but requested that the parties show cause as to why it should remain under seal.  After receiving no objection from the parties, the court has now unsealed the decision. The case … Continue reading Breathing Preambles and Patent Ambiguity

Georgetown Rail v. Holland (Fed. Cir. 2017) In a prior post, I noted that the Federal Circuit initially released this appellate decision under seal but requested that the parties show cause as to why it should remain under seal.  After receiving no objection from the parties, the court has now unsealed the decision. The case … Continue reading Breathing Preambles and Patent Ambiguity

The Federal Circuit has denied Prism Tech‘s petition for en banc rehearing on the question of deference to district court factual-findings that underlay a decision on patent eligibility.  Prism had raised the following question: This case warrants en banc review because it involves the precedent-setting question of whether this Court should apply a clear error standard … Continue reading Reviewing Factual Findings that Support a Legal Conclusion (of Eligibility)

By Jason Rantanen One of my current projects is to create a transparent and user-friendly database of information about Federal Circuit decisions–particularly, its patent law decisions–with a structure that’s useful for empirical researchers and other people who write about the court. If folks are going to throw around numbers about the court, my hope is … Continue reading Data on Federal Circuit Decisions – updated

By Jason Rantanen One of my current projects is to create a transparent and user-friendly database of information about Federal Circuit decisions–particularly, its patent law decisions–with a structure that’s useful for empirical researchers and other people who write about the court. If folks are going to throw around numbers about the court, my hope is … Continue reading Data on Federal Circuit Decisions – updated

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