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Thursday, March 14, 2019

On March 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Rimini Street, Inc. v. Oracle USA, Inc., No. 17-1625, --- S.Ct. --- (Mar. 4, 2019), a case addressing the remedies available to a prevailing party under the Copyright Act.   One of the remedies under the Copyright Act involves a discretionary award of “full costs.”  The Court looked to the statutes governing awards of costs (28 U.S.C.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Corinne Marie Pouliquen, a partner at Berenato & White, will testify March 13, 2019 in Annapolis in support of SB 507 – Income Tax – Angel Investor Tax Credit Program.  SB 507 will allow Maryland angel investors a tax credit for certain investments in qualified innovation businesses.  The goal of SB 507 is to foster innovation in Maryland, particularly for start-ups.  SB 507 is supported by various organizations, including the Rural Maryland Council, and the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Berenato & White is pleased to have sponsored the Taste of Maryland Agriculture on February 7, 2019. The annual Taste of Maryland Agriculture celebration is a premier event for Maryland agriculture, bringing agricultural leaders together with state and national legislators. At the event, agriculture education grants were awarded and the Governor introduced the Agricultural Hall of Fame Family.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Patent assignments are tools for transferring ownership rights in patents, patent applications, and inventions from inventors to their employers, sponsors, or other “assignees.”  In Rubin v. United Therapeutics Corp., No. 1593, 2019 WL 290272 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jan. 4, 2019), an inventor, Dr. Rubin, filed a complaint seeking to have assignments he executed in favor of United Therapeutics Corp. (UTC) set aside on the grounds of constructive fraud, negligent misrepresentation, reformation of contract/mutual mistake, and breach of contract.  Dr.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Berenato & White, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Gene Quinn, Esq. to the firm.  Mr. Quinn, who joined the firm on February 1, 2019 in an Of Counsel capacity, is renowned throughout the intellectual property community as the Founder of IPWatchdog.com, where he continues to serve as President and CEO.  Mr. Quinn is a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy, and was named one of the top IP strategists in the world by Managing IP Magazine in 2017 and 2018.  Mr.

Monday, February 11, 2019

On January 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s (USPTO) petition for writ of certiorari to decide whether the USPTO’s denial of a federal trademark registration under 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a) on the ground that the mark contains “ immoral” or “scandalous” matter violates the right to freedom of speed under the First Amendment of the Constitution.   Iancu v. Brunetti, No.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has upheld a district court’s summary judgment ruling that the mark BOOKING.COM as applied to “online hotel reservation services” is a protectable service mark that should not have been denied registration by the U.S.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

On January 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision, Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., No. 17-1229, ___ S.Ct.

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