Intellectual Property Law
Maginot, Moore & Beck - We protect Intellectual Property
MMB engages exclusively in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright and related intellectual property law. Our attorneys are keenly focused on preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark, and copyright applications, and litigating complex intellectual property matters, as well as preparing and negotiating agreements involving the exchange of technology-related rights. The members of the firm have a diverse background of technical education as well as practical experience in all phases of patent, trademark, and copyright law in the United States and foreign countries.
Our team of accomplished intellectual property attorneys is dedicated to providing exceptional legal services with an unwavering commitment to quality, personalized assistance and value.
USPTO Publishes Final Rules for Administrative Trials Under America Invents Act
Inter Partes Review, Post-Grant Review, and Covered Business Method Patents Addressed
Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it will publish final rules in the Federal Register on August 14, 2012, to implement three administrative trial provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA); inter partes review, post-grant review, and the transitional program for covered business method patents. The administrative trial final rules offer a third party a timely, cost-effective alternative to district court litigation for challenging the patentability of a claimed invention in an issued patent. These rules become effective on September 16, 2012. With this publication, all of the administrative trial rules the USPTO was tasked by the AIA to complete will have been published.Read more...
USPTO Publishes Final Rules for Supplemental Examination and Inventor's Oath or Declaration
Changes will implement provisions of the America Invents Act
Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it will publish final rules in the Federal Register on August 14, 2012, to implement two provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) that will improve the patent process for applicants and examiners. The inventor's oath or declaration offers applicants more flexibility when filing their applications, while the supplemental examination provision will lead to stronger patents that could better resist challenges. Both of these provisions become effective on September 16, 2012. With this publication, all of the patent process rules the USPTO was tasked by the AIA to complete before August 16, 2012, will have been published.Read more...
USPTO Seeks Comment on Possibility of Lowering Most Trademark Application Fees
Office Seeks Incentives for Full Digital Filing and Communications
Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public comment on the possibility of adjusting trademark application fees, so as to lower the fees for all applicants willing to file and communicate electronically with the USPTO. The efficiencies achieved by trademark electronic filing and communications have put the USPTO in a position to potentially reduce the overall collection of trademark application fees, and the Office wishes to adjust the fees in a way that further promotes efficiency both for users and the USPTO. A Notice of Inquiry has been published in the Federal Register.Read more...