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Monday, June 24, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in Return Mail, Inc. v. U.S. Postal Service, No.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland took up another trade secret case in Ultimate Outdoor Movies, LLC v. Funflicks, LLC, No. SAG-18-2315, 2019 WL 2233535 (D. Md. May 23, 2019).  The plaintiffs asserted that their “client list” constituted a trade secret that the defendants had misappropriated in violation of the Maryland Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“MUTSA”) and the Federal Trade Secrets Act (“FTSA”).  District Court Judge Stephanie A.

Friday, May 10, 2019

The USPTO will now permit registration of marks identifying goods derived from “hemp” so long as the applications specify that the goods contain less than 0.3% THC.  Until recently, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has refused registration of trademark applications identifying goods encompassing marijuana (or parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit provided a reminder of the potential dangers of downloading photographs and other images from image-sharing websites in Brammer v. Violent Hues Prods., LLC, --- F.3d ---, 2019 WL 1867833, 18-1763 (4th Cir. Apr. 26, 2019).  Mr. Brammer, a commercial photographer, brought a copyright infringement action after learning that one of his photographs depicting the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

In Chargepoint, Inc. v. Semaconnect, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the ruling of Senior Judge Marvin J. Garbis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland that four patents directed to charging stations for electric vehicles were ineligible for patenting under 35 U.S.C.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Maryland State Bar Association published an article by Berenato & White’s attorney David S. Taylor in its March 15, 2019 Bar Bulletin.  The article discusses the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s 2019 Guidance concerning patent eligible subject matter.  Mr. Taylor has been a frequent contributor to the Bar Bulletin over the past year.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Berenato & White is proud to announce that it will be presented with the Rudy Award for “Partner of the Year” by the Dingman Center of the University of Maryland.  The award reflects Berenato & White’s commitment to supporting the University of Maryland and its students.  This is only the second time that the Dingman Center has presented an award in the Partner of the Year category.  The awards-presentation ceremony is to be held on May 2, 2019 in the Pownall Atrium of Van Munching Hall, University of Maryland, College Park.

Friday, April 5, 2019

In an action between competing mortgage lenders, the plaintiff asserted in its Complaint that the defendant misappropriated trade secrets under the Maryland Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“MUTSA”) by hiring the plaintiff’s employees, and encouraging and assisting those employees to transfer internal personnel and financial information to the defendant.  The defendant moved to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim, specifically arguing that the Complaint did not identify a trade secret.  U.S. District Court Judge George L.

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.