What to Know About the USPTO Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative

The USPTO recently announced its Relevant Prior Art (RPA) Initiative, seeking to leverage electronic resources to improve an examiner’s access to relevant information from applicant’s other related applications.  These resources may include related U.S. applications, international applications under the PCT, and counterpart foreign applications by the same applicant. What are the advantages? Simplifies application process for applicant Speeds up examination process Increases efficiency of prosecution procedures Improves prosecution quality What you should be aware of Notification of application included in RPA initiative.  You will receive a Notice of Imported Citations informing you of your application’s inclusion in the Initiative and

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MaxVal celebrated World IP Day on April 26, 2018

MaxVal celebrated the World IP Day at its India locations at Coimbatore and Chennai on April 26, 2018. WIPO has designated April 26 every year as World Intellectual Property Day to promote discussion on the role of IP in encouraging innovation and creativity. It is observed worldwide in over 180 member countries of WIPO through different outreach programs. To mark this event, MaxVal hosted a range of activities and events in line with the theme for 2018, “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity”. The main objective of the program was to raise public awareness amongst employees about the basic

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MaxVal Patent Litigation Databank expands coverage to include Global Patent Litigation Data

MaxVal, a leading technology-enabled IP solutions provider known for its cutting edge products and automated solutions announces the global data expansion of MaxVal’s Litigation Databank with the inclusion of valuable non-US litigation data. MaxVal’s Litigation Databank is an exhaustive collection of litigation data including cases of US District Courts, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, International Trade Commission, Supreme Court and PTAB (Patent Trial and Appeal Board). MaxVal’s Litigation data already provide insights for some of the leading patent analytics providers including WIPS, IP.com, PatSnap.com and Aistemos as well as industry innovators such as Unified Patents. MaxVal’s global patent

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Arista Wins Copyright and Patent Battle with Cisco

Recently, Arista Networks won a major ruling in the long-running patent and copyright clash with Cisco. A jury in San Jose, California federal court found that Arista owed no damages over Cisco’s claims of patent infringement. Additionally, the jurors also found that Arista did not infringe Cisco’s patent as well. Initially, in 2014 Cisco sued Arista for infringing its copyright and patent which included Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) 11.0, Cisco IOS 11.1 and Cisco IOS 11.2. Further, Cisco named one patent in the suit, US number 7,047,526, titled “Generic command interface for multiple executable routines”. Cisco was roughly seeking

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FameBit acquired by Google

Google recently announced its acquisition of FameBit, a marketplace that connects brands, influencers, and creators with YouTube and other social networking sites to sponsor their content. This is indeed a huge step for Google as this combination would increase the availability of branded content opportunities and bring more revenue to YouTube. However, YouTube said that the FameBit acquisition does not mean that it will be preferred over other digital marketing agencies and services. YouTube’s Ariel Bardin (VP, Product Management – Google Payment) said “Creators will always have the choice in how they work with brands, and there are many great

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