1. Ben Lehberger Joins the Dilworth Team

    Posted on 14.01.19 Thomas Pia, on Announcements, Recent News & Articles

    Dilworth IP is excited to welcome our newest team member, attorney Benjamin Lehberger, who will be supporting the firm’s electro-mechanical and medical device clients. Ben has fourteen years of experience prosecuting hundreds of patents in a variety of technologies, including aircraft, medical devices, automotive, power generation, computer systems and software, mobile apps, hybrid vehicles, wireless devices, consumer/medical packaging and dispensers, financial services, and business methods. In addition to preparing and prosecuting hundreds of patent and trademark applications, Ben represents both plaintiffs and defendants in patent and trademark disputes and has a successful record in overturning rejections at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. Prior to his legal career, Ben worked for several years as a helicopter design engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation where he had responsibilities involving the technical aspects of the company’s business acquisitions and provided preliminary designs and technical support for both military and civilian helicopters.

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  2. Dilworth IP Client, LambdaVision, to Launch Technology into Space

    Posted on 05.12.18 Thomas Pia, on Announcements, Recent News & Articles

    Dilworth IP congratulates our client LambdaVision which will have a payload containing one of their experiments launched on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft for delivery to the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory.  Launch time is Wednesday, December 05, 2018 at 1:15 PM (EST).

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  3. Never Too Rich or Too Thin: The Strong Trademark Standard

    Posted on 27.11.18 Shin Hee Lee, on Articles, Recent News & Articles, Trademarks

    “You can never be too rich or too thin” has been attributed to Wallace Simpson, the colorful Duchess of Windsor who charmed King George to abdicate the throne of England in 1936.[1] However, when it comes to trademarks, a mark that is lacking a bit of heft is not likely to stand.

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  4. Alexa, Play Some Music

    Posted on 30.10.18 Frederick Spaeth, on News and Events, Recent News & Articles

    President Trump has now signed into law the much-anticipated Music Modernization Act (MMA). This law updates the terms and mechanism under which music publishers can distribute sound recordings and, by paying into a statutory licensing program, be shielded from lawsuits by songwriters, recording artists and record companies for infringing their copyrights.  Commercial music licensing is enormously complex, but to illustrate one reason why an update to current laws was needed, consider this excerpt from the House of Representatives Report for the House version of the bill (H.R. 5447):

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  5. Royal Trademark Battles over Beverages

    Posted on 18.09.18 Frederick Spaeth, on Articles, Recent News & Articles, Trademarks

    The story is about diet drinks named “zero”: SPRITE ZERO, the various flavors of COCA-COLA ZERO, FANTA ZERO, POWERADE ZERO, and VAULT ZERO. What these particular names share in common is that they are all products of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). Moreover, TCCC applied to register these ZERO-inclusive names, and others, in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as trademarks, so that they could claim the right to exclusive use of these names and similar names for such products.

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  6. Dilworth IP Invests in the Future: Internship Program Offers IP Experience to Next Generation of Local Scientists

    Posted on 28.08.18 Thomas Pia, on Announcements, News and Events, Recent News & Articles

    Dilworth IP’s Technology Specialist Internship Program has recently received attention from two of Connecticut’s leading academic institutions, Yale University and the University of Connecticut.  These pieces can be found HERE and HERE, respectively.

    Beginning in 2014, the firm’s Technology Specialist Internship Program has been designed to provide Ph.D. level scientists interested in a career in intellectual property law hands-on industry experience.  Since then, nine individuals have participated in the program, gaining a solid foundation in intellectual property law while fortifying Dilworth IP’s technological expertise.  “IP Law is unique in its intimate relationship with the sciences” said Dilworth IP Founder & Managing Partner, Michael Dilworth. “In creating the Technology Specialist position, we wanted to be able to offer young scientists experience in a field they may not have immediately considered. In exchange, the firm benefits from their incredible expertise in a variety of new and exciting cutting-edge technologies.”  

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  7. Hold the Mayo: Guide to a Healthy Patent Application

    Posted on 24.08.18 John Wizeman, on Patent Related Court Rulings, Patent Trends & Activity, Recent News & Articles

    Back in April, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) handed down a split decision that breathes life into an otherwise suffocating Mayo/Alice world.  This case, Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Int’l Ltd. has been contrasted and compared to the Supreme Court’s original Mayo finding, since both Mayo and Vanda related to drug dosing and involved a law of nature. However, the comparison ends there, as the underlying patent in Vanda was deemed subject matter eligible, whereas the patent in Mayo was not. The Mayo decision, in conjunction with the Alice decision of course, led to the creation of the current two-step patent eligibility test that has proven difficult to consistently apply. Three key differences likely led to the divergence between the Vanda and Mayo decisions:  (i) the focus of the innovation, (ii) the actual method steps recited, and (iii) the clarity in presenting the result of the application of the method. Furthermore, the USPTO recently issued a guidance memorandum analyzing the decision.

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  8. Zero Sum Game For Beverage Companies

    Posted on 24.07.18 Shin Hee Lee, on Articles, Patent Related Court Rulings, Recent News & Articles

    On June 20, 2018, the Federal Circuit decided against the soft drink giant The Coca-Cola Company in their long-standing battle with Royal Crown Cola Company and Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc.  These parties had opposed Coca-Cola’s registration of the “Zero” trademark, for various Coca-Cola products. See, cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/16-2375.Opinion.6-20-2018.pdf

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  9. Let Us Now Praise Unfamous Inventors, Part II:  The “Almost-10 Millionth” Patentee

    Posted on 11.07.18 Jon Schuchardt, on Articles, Patent Trends & Activity, Recent News & Articles

    It seems like only yesterday that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued U.S. Pat. No. 9,000,000 for a “windshield washer conditioner” that collects and conditions rainwater or dew from a windshield for use as washer fluid.  And now we’ve surpassed 10,000,000!  If patents were Wonka Bars, the millionth ones would surely include a Golden Ticket.

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  10. Michael Dilworth Presents Talk to Yale’s Tsai CITY

    Posted on 19.06.18 Thomas Pia, on Recent News & Articles

    Michael Dilworth, Managing Partner at Dilworth IP, presented a talk on Intellectual Property basics for the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY) on Wednesday June 13th.  Tsai CITY is a creative hub of Yale University that unites students, faculty and alumni across disciplines in order to cultivate innovation. The mission of Michael’s talk was to introduce aspiring entrepreneurs to the various nuances involved in protecting their technology. “I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation that we were able to have,” Michael said of the event, “and am grateful for the opportunity to be able to assist the next generation of innovators in their mission to change the world.”

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