Newsletter – April 2017

IP Update, April 2017

  • It used to be risky for a patent owner to lie in wait for several years before suing a suspected infringer. That risk is gone, now that the Supreme Court has struck down the laches defense to infringement suits. More. . .
  • The designs on cheerleader uniforms are not high art, but they have enough pictorial quality independent of the uniforms to qualify for copyright protection. The Supreme Court’s decision brings cheer to the fashion industry. More. . .
  • It’s easy for an accused infringer to say the asserted patent is an obvious combination of existing innovations. It’s much less easy, however, to prove that a motivation to combine existed, which is critical to an obviousness defense. More. . .