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Feb 16, 2018

By Stephen P. Scuderi This paper will present an overview of some of the issues pertaining to the disposition of patent rights to inventions made under a government R&D contract. As will be seen, without careful adherence to the statutes and regulations governing such patent rights, it is possible for a contractor to unintentionally lose…

Feb 14, 2018

The Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy is presenting The Business of Digital Games. This event will explore the depth and breadth of the game design ecosystem in the Tech Valley and opportunities for creative and technical professionals and entrepreneurs. Learn about the companies included in this ecosystem, what they do and who they…

Feb 13, 2018

By Victor A. Cardona The Good- -Granted patents provide a monopoly for the claimed invention. A patent holder can stop another from making, selling, using or importing a product, method, widget, composition of matter, etc. that meets every word of a patent claim. -A patent is a property right. Venture Capital firms look for potential…

Jan 30, 2018

By Alana M. Fuierer What do barbecue sauce, wine and law firms have in common? Each frequently find themselves at the center of legal disputes over the right to use and/or register one’s family name (or “surname”) as a trademark.[1] Indeed, our region is no stranger to this controversial issue. See The Taylor Wine Company,…

Jan 29, 2018

The New York Craft Brewers Conference is the premier craft beer industry conference in the state, bringing together everyone involved in the craft beer industry in one collaborative space. The 1st Annual NYS Craft Brewers Festival is a 3-day conference that will feature world-class keynote speakers, as well as panel experts covering nearly every facet…

Dec 28, 2017

By Stephen P. Scuderi The timing and sufficiency of an assignment document can become critical for protecting the rights of the assignee. These rights include the assignee’s right to sue for infringement, ownership right and right to claim priority. Right to Sue for Infringement In the recent case of Diamond Coating v. Hyundai, 823 F….

Dec 05, 2017

By Wayne F. Reinke 35 U.S.C. §101 states that: “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.” In the first part of the two-part test set out…

Nov 15, 2017

On November 14th 2017 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a revised patent fee schedule. Please see the Press Release Here: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017” to set or…

Oct 27, 2017

By Kristian E. Ziegler Last month, David Slater and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) finally settled their two-year legal battle over the intellectual property rights of a rare Indonesian crested macaque monkey named Naruto, who took pictures of himself in the wild with Slater’s camera. The story began in 2011, when…

Sep 27, 2017

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ANNOUNCES ITS GOLD LEVEL SPONSORSHIP OF WOMEN IN IP GLOBAL SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Albany, NY:  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. (HRFM), an intellectual property (IP) law firm based in Albany and Rochester, New York, is pleased to announce its Gold Level sponsorship of The ChIPs Women in…