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  • Hilary Sumner

Design patent D1,000,0oo issued on September 26th. Having had two design patents issue on September 19th, I have to admit that I am slightly disappointed to have missed it by a week!

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Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Before engaging with a client in a new patent application I make a point of reviewing the overall grant rate statistics. Typically, the acceptance rate for patent applications in the United States hovers right around 50%. In 2020, the grant rate was 53% meaning that nearly half of the patent applications submitted never resulted in a patent.

While the odds may be slightly in an applicant’s favor, it is important to understand that the battle for a patent is an uphill one from the start. During prosecution, an applicant may receive a number of rejections. In my experience, most examiners are not willing to grant a patent after a response to a second office action. This article and graphic seem to arrive at the same conclusion.

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Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Liberty Tax Services recently filed suit against AMC Networks and Sony Pictures, claiming that the disreputable “Sweet Liberty Tax Services,” portrayed in the series, infringed the company’s trademark and trade dress. The suit alleges “dilution, defamation, disparagement, and injurious falsehoods” based on the unflattering light in which the fictional business was portrayed.

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