The U.S. Supreme Court has concluded their term and continues to issue significant decisions affecting intellectual property. While the Court was relatively quiet on the patent side, they did issue a number of landmark copyright and trademark decisions. During this one-hour webinar, Frank Angileri and Chanille Carswell discussed the Court’s significant decisions and detailed the significance going forward.
The following cases were examined:
- Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc – The Court rejected an argument that would make changes to the America Invents Act language governing the on-sale bar rule.
- Return Mail Inc. v. U.S. Postal Service – A decision that ruled the U.S. government is not a “person” for purposes of filing a petition for review of a patent under the transitional program for covered business method patents (“CBM”).
- Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC – A decision that determined brand owners cannot use bankruptcy law to revoke a trademark license.
- Iancu v. Brunetti – A ruling that struck down the Lanham Act's ban on "immoral or scandalous" trademark registrations, ruling it an unconstitutional restriction on speech.
- Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com – The Court decided that copyright owners cannot sue for infringement until the U.S. Copyright Office has actually registered the work at issue.
- Rimini Street Inc. v. Oracle USA Inc. – A ruling that said awards of so-called “costs” should not get special treatment in copyright cases.