2015 Brought Plenty of I.P. Changes

Today, I say goodbye to 2015. It was a good day as far as weather. The clouds disappeared briefly this morning to reveal a bright blue sky after several consecutive days of our typically nebulous and perpetually crepuscular skies here in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. I took a few photos on my way to work, including the following one, to remind me of what the sun and sky look like. Trust me, there was some blue sky overhead!

My hometown, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho

My hometown, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

This year, there have been boatloads of changes in the law. Obviously, I don’t review or summarize them here, but I do keep up with them. I remind my readers that the law is a living, ever-evolving thing, especially as to patents, trademarks and copyrights. Recent examples abound. The extent of discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) was cut down starting December 1st. This has impact across all areas of intellectual property bu probably not as to the already limited discovery in cases before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Several important patent decisions issued like Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. Recently, the Federal Circuit broadened the scope of registrable trademarks in The Slants opinion to include marks that appear to be disparaging. You can skim through some of the legal changes in my Twitter Feed. I will continue to keep sharing interesting intellectual property stories there. See you in 2016!