Using hashtags cautiously, patent agent privilege, and more in the April 2016 issue of IP Buzz

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Hashtag with Caution – or You May Get #Sued

Authors: Tamany Vinson Bentz, Schuyler B. Sorosky, and Matthew J. Busch

Hashtags are more popular than ever on social media sites. But recent court decisions caution that hashtags may also play a pivotal role in trademark infringement and false advertising cases. Click here to continue reading.

(Limited) Patent-Agent Privilege

Authors: Aubrey Haddach and Fabian M. Koenigbauer

In a matter of first impression, the Federal Circuit recently recognized a patent-agent privilege. This article explores the Court's decision and its recognition of the unique roles of Patent Agents. Click here to continue reading.

Q1 2016 Patent Statistics – NPEs Are the Most Prevalent Patent Litigation Filers; PTAB Is the Most Popular Venue

Author: Fabian M. Koenigbauer

Unified Patents recently released its quarterly patent disputes statistics, which include patent litigations in district courts and filings with the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB). Interestingly, non-practicing entities (NPEs) are the majority filers of patent litigations. Click here to continue reading.

A Finding of Unpatentability In Front of the PTAB May Be Helpful for Overturning a Jury's Finding of Willfulness

Authors: Fabian M. Koenigbauer and Aubrey Haddach

A recent District Court order illustrates the importance of using AIA trials as an offensive tool against a charge of patent infringement and a defensive tool against a charge of willfulness. Click here to continue reading.

New Arrivals:

Venable Welcomes Susan Hollander to the IP Litigation Team

Venable LLP announces the addition of leading intellectual property litigator Susan E. Hollander as partner. Ms. Hollander brings with her a team of seasoned IP professionals, including Jocelyn Belloni, counsel; and Sharoni Finkelstein, associate. Ms. Hollander and her team bring decades of experience in trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade dress, and false advertising cases. The group represents high-profile and leading brand-name clients in the technology, Internet, retail, consumer products, entertainment, finance, and healthcare industries. They have been responsible for several precedent-setting trademark decisions and jury verdicts.

Upcoming Event:

"Protecting Brands & Intellectual Property (IP) in the Personal Care Industry" at the Personal Care Products Council 2016 Legal & Regulatory Conference

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | Nashville, TN

Considered among the most important legal conferences for our industry, the Personal Care Products Council 2016 Legal & Regulatory Conference is a "must attend" for those looking to stay abreast of the pressing issues facing personal care products today. Venable partner Justin Pierce will co-present "Protecting Brands & Intellectual Property (IP) in the Personal Care Industry," covering how personal care product companies can protect their brands and the trust of their consumers, and relevant guidance from regulatory agencies and the courts.

Click here for more information and to register.