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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…

Sep 26, 2017

By Kristian E. Ziegler The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, whose Akwesasne territory straddles the U.S.-Canadian border in Franklin County, New York, and the provincial boarder between Ontario and Quebec, recently parlayed its sovereign immunity into several valuable pharmaceutical patents and a significant revenue stream. Allergan PLC, a leading global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland,…

Sep 21, 2017

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ATTORNEYS NAMED TO SUPER LAWYERS   Albany, NY:  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an Intellectual Property law firm based in Albany and Rochester, New York, is pleased to announce seven Attorneys have been named as “Upstate New York 2017 Super Lawyers” by the publishers of Thomson Reuters. Partners…

Aug 23, 2017

By Alana M. Fuierer and Shanna K. Sanders The surge of user-generated e-commerce and social media platforms has provided individuals, regardless of location, experience or financial status, the power to become a commercial artist, author, designer, musician or photographer. For emerging entrepreneurs, traditional barriers to entry have been removed by e-commerce websites such as Zazzle,…