CIPO announced today that it is extending the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) arrangements with Finland, Germany and Spain until at least September 2014.
CIPO issued a notice today that it is still reviewing comments received on its proposed guidance to patent Examiners relating to patentable subject matter. CIPO indicated that it will provide an update in October.
New rules for U.S. patent prosecution came into force yesterday as part of implementation of the America Invents Act. The new rules relate to inventor oath and declarations, supplemental examination, inter parte review, post grant review and covered business method patents.
The US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit released its decision today in Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent reversing the lower court in part, concluding that a single colour can be a trademark in the fashion industry and “Louboutin’s trademark, consisting of a red, lacquered outsole on a high fashion woman’s shoe, has acquired limited ‘secondary meaning’ as a distinctive symbol that identifies the Louboutin brand.”
My article on patent prosecution after the Federal Court of Appeal’s Weatherford decision was published today on the legal blog, Slaw. Over the summer several IP contributors have been writing short articles for the blog.