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A first step would be to file a complaint with the USPTO Office of Attorney Discipline. If they are found to have violated their obligations by the USPTO, you would then have good grounds to file a la ...Read more

What do you mean by "ran out" Did the patent expire at the end of its 20 year term from filing or did it lapse for failure to pay a maintenance fee. If it expired, unless the infringement started befo ...Read more

The attorne might suggest conducting a patent search, but is not obliged to do so particularly since a "provisional patetn" is not a patent but rather an application the merely secures a date for what ...Read more

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New Rules for EB1B, E3, H1B1, and CW1

On January 15, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted new final rules to the Federal Register (81 FR 2068, 1/15/16) [PDF version]. The new rules will go into effect on February 16, 201 ... Read more

Supreme Court to Review Enhanced Damages in Patent Cases: Supreme Court

Patent litigation could be forever changed when the United States Supreme Court decides two related cases concerning the test for enhancing damages. The Supreme Court granted certiorari in two case ... Read more

BGH overrules cancellation of a colour trademark

Be they red, yellow or blue, courts are ever more frequently having to rule on whether a colour is capable of benefiting from trademark protection. The BGH overruled the cancellation of a colour tr ... Read more

Protection afforded by a colour trademark

Colours convey a signal to consumers, which is why businesses seek to protect the shades of colour they use and register them as colour trademarks. The scope of the protection afforded by a colour ... Read more

Due diligence review before corporate acquisition

Many small and medium-sized businesses are set to be faced with a change at the helm of their companies in the coming years. This can also result in the sale of the company. GRP Rainer Lawyers and T ... Read more

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