Author: John Chandler

Merely Informational Matter Not Registrable at the U.S. Trademark Office

In July 2017, the U.S. (Patent and) Trademark Office (USPTO) published Exam Guide 2-17 (LINK to .doc file) to give guidance on why “merely informational matter” cannot serve as a trademark and thus cannot be federally registered. To function as a mark the matter must serve to indicate the source of the goods/services and to identify […]

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Every Comma Counts

In  a lovely post from the WriteLife, we are reminded that every comma counts. In Maine, the Oakhurst Dairy sued a company over its failure to grant the delivery workers overtime pay. According to Maine law, workers are entitled to 1.5 times their normal pay for any hours worked over 40 per week. However, there are […]

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RIP Patent Rocket Docket of the Eastern District of Texas

On Monday, May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) killed the rule of civil procedure that allowed plaintiffs to bring their patent law suits to the plaintiff-friendly courts of the federal Eastern District of Texas. TC Heartland sought to transfer the patent infringement suit filed in Delaware federal court by Kraft Foods Group […]

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My 13th Anniversary in the Law

Today, May 4, 2017 is my 13th anniversary of being admitted to my first bar — the Texas Bar. Another year has flown by, and I still hold myself out as a lawyer. (See my post from last year, my 12th anniversary.) This last year has taught me again that lawyering is not an easy job. It […]

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