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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Defendant Dan’s Fan City, Inc. moved to dismiss a patent infringement suit on the ground that Maryland was not a proper venue for the action.  The defendant’s only connection with Maryland was an oral agreement with a Rockville, Maryland distributor pursuant which the defendant granted the distributor the right to use “Dan’s Fan City” in its store name, on the condition that the distributor’s inventory consist mostly of defendant’s products.  U.S. District Court Judge Paul W.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

We are pleased to report that Corinne Marie Pouliquen has been appointed to serve on the MSBA Editorial Advisory Board Committee for a second consecutive year. The Editorial Advisory Committee assists the Board of Governors and MSBA staff in developing the Maryland Bar Journal. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Berenato & White is pleased to continue to sponsor and support the University of Maryland Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship for the 2019-20 academic year. The Dingman Center is one of the nation’s preeminent institutions for the promotion of entrepreneurship. The Dingman Center provides curricular and non-curricular programs that leverage thought leadership, experiential learning and a network of practitioners to provide maximum resources to the startup community.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

In a patent infringement action, Durr Sys., Inc.,  the plaintiff patentee, moved to dismiss counterclaims brought by EFC Sys., Inc., the defendant, for violations of the Lanham Act, unfair trade practices, and tortious interference with business expectation.  The counterclaims were factually predicated on alleged “knowingly false” accusations of patent infringement made by the Plaintiff to a customer of both parties.  U.S. District Judge George J.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Rural Maryland Council’s 2019 Rural Summit will held Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Annapolis Maryland.  The Rural Summit highlights the achievements and progress of rural communities in Maryland.   Berenato & White is pleased to be a sponsor of this event, and Corinne Marie Pouliquen will be present to represent the firm.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Under Armour filed a declaratory judgment action that its use of the phrases “I Can Do All Things” and “I Can. I Will.” do not infringe Battle Fashios’ “ICAN” trademark.  U.S. District Court Judge Richard D.

Friday, July 12, 2019

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”) issued a final rule, effective on August 3, 2019, requiring that all applicants and registrants who are not domiciled within the United States must be represented by a United States attorney (specifically, “an attorney who is an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state in the United States”).

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Berenato & White, LLC is proud to announce that the Maryland State Bar Association has published an article of B&W attorney David S. Taylor in the June 15, 2019 Bar Bulletin, page 12.  The article concerns a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Mission Prod. Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, --- U.S. ---, No.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a statutory prohibition under 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a) against the federal registration of marks that contain “immoral” or “scandalous” matter violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Iancu v. Brunetti, --- S.Ct. ---, No. 18-302, 2019 WL 2570622 (June 24, 2019). The case arose from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s refusal to register the mark FUCT as applied to clothing, because the mark is a homonym of a vulgar word.  Writing for the majority, Justice Kagan relied on the Supreme Court’s 2017 decision, Matal v.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Maryland State Bar Association has published an article written by Berenato & White attorneys David Taylor and Corinne Pouliquen in the May 2019 MSBA Bar Bulletin.  The article is entitled “How much are patents related to large animal breeding worth?,” and analyzes XY, LLC v. Trans Ova Genetics, L.C., 890 F.3d 1282 (Fed. Cir.