Posts By: James Gourley

Hague Agreement Provides Smoother Path to International Design Protection

Beginning on May 13, 2015, a new and potentially cost-effective process for obtaining design protection in multiple countries became available.  Under the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registrations of Industrial Designs (the “Hague Agreement”), a single application filed in a Hague Agreement contracting state can be used to obtain design protection in any other contracting state. … Read more »

Implications of New First-To-File Rule

By James R. Gourley

The patent regime of the United States was set up by Congress to enable innovators to protect their ideas through monopoly ownership for a limited period of time. Because there are almost always many different individuals and groups working on solutions to problems that exist in the marketplace, it is not uncommon for several different people to independently arrive at the solution around the same time.

In this scenario, under the “first-to-invent” system currently used by the United States, the patent monopoly will generally be granted to the first inventor, even if a later inventor was the first inventor to file a patent application. Such an outcome is unique to the United States, as every other industrialized country uses a “first-to-file” system in which the patent monopoly is awarded to the first inventor to file.

In re Bose Corp.: The New Sound of Fraud?

By James R. Gourley

The Federal Circuit raised the bar last year on the standard of proof needed to support a finding of fraud in connection with trademark registrations in the In re Bose Corp. decision.  Applicants for federal trademark registrations make a number of representations to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) over the life of a trademark.