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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The “safe-harbor” provision of 35 U.S.C.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Minh-Quan K. Pham, Ph.D., has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland.  The appointment is for three years, with an option to renew for one additional three year term.  The Board meets twice a year, and advises the Department Chair in strategic planning for the Department.  Board members may also serve as ambassadors for the Department and assist in student, faculty, and alumni initiatives.  Berenato & White, LLC is pleased to support Minh in this new endeavor.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Judge Catherine C. Blake denied defendant TWi’s motion for attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285.   Applying a totality of the circumstances test under the Supreme Court’s 2014 Octane Fitness, LLC v.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Tam v. Lee, 808 F.3d 1321 (Fed. Cir.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

In Baltimore Aircoil Co. v. SPX Cooling Techs. Inc., No. CCB-13-2053, 2016 WL 4426681, *15-*17 (D. Md. Aug. 22, 2016), the Maryland District Court applied Local Rule 804.1(a)(v).  Judge Catherine C.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A patent owner notified its licensee of the owner’s intent to not renew a patent license under a Private Labeling Agreement (“PLA”) that included an exclusive purchasing obligation.  District Judge Catherine Blake ruled that the patent owner’s caution to the licensee to “take care to avoid any unlicensed activity” did not constitu

Friday, September 2, 2016

One of three inventors listed on two U.S. patents filed action under 35 U.S.C. § 256 against the second named inventor and the assignees seeking a declaration that the remaining inventor, who was not a party to the action, was the sole inventor.  District Court Judge Bredar granted defendants’ motion to dismiss, finding that the plaintiff/coinventor lacked standing.  Being allegedly incorrectly listed as a joint inventor is not a cognizable injury redressable under Section 256.  Pedersen v. Geschwind, 141 F. Supp. 3d 405 (D. Md. 2015).

Monday, August 22, 2016

Judge Paula Xinis granted defendant’s motion to dismiss a declaratory judgment action for trademark non-infringement for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, finding that the following alleged facts did not establish “sufficient adversity” for the purposes of establishing a case or controversy:  (1) defendant’s TTAB opposition to plaintiff’s USPTO registration application; (2) two prior federal trademark infringement suits that the defendant had pursued against other parties; (3) defendant’s “history of opposing registrations;” (4) settlement discussions in which defendant proposed a licens

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Judge George Hazel denied cross-motions for summary judgment with respect to trademark infringement.  Althought the Court indicated it was unaware of any case in which likelihood of confusion had been found based on similarities with respect to a disclaimed word of a registered mark, summary judgment was denied because genuine issues of material fact existed as to the strength of plaintiff’s registered mark, the similarities in the mark colors (claimed in the registration), goods, facilities, advertisements, and the defendants’ intent.  Cava Grp., Inc. v.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Corinne Marie Pouliquen of Berenato & White, LLC was elected to the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), Agricultural Law Section Council as a Member-at-Large, effective July 1, 2016.  The Agricultural Law Section serves the interests of the agricultural and legal community in Maryland by providing a resource to legal professionals and others with regard to to agricultural matters, by monitoring applicable laws and proposed legislation that may impact  agriculture, agribusiness, or aquaculture in Maryland, and