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06

May 2020

COVID-19 Update | WIPO Launches New Tool

WIPO today launched a new tool that tracks COVID-19 related intellectual property (IP) policy changes or other measures being implemented by WIPO member states in their response to the global pandemic. This is the latest in a series of measures taken by the Organization in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE [Courtesy of WIPO Pressroom]


06

May 2020

COVID-19 Update | EPO Announces Deadline Extension

By Francesca Giovannini On May 1, 2020, the EPO announced that periods expiring on or after March 15, 2020 are now extended for all parties and their representatives to June 2, 2020. The new notice of May 1, 2020, replaces the previous notice dated April 16, 2020 and, with the exception of the extended date, reproduces its content.  READ MORE


16

Apr 2020

WIPO-AIPPI Joint Webinar

On April 16, 2020, WIPO and AIPPI held a joint webinar featuring presentations by five senior WIPO members. Topics covered included: latest developments in trademarks, designs and GIs on the PCT, Madrid and Hague systems, as well as on intellectual property enforcement. The session was moderated by Osha Liang’s Global Chair and current AIPPI Reporter General, Jonathan Osha.


14

Apr 2020

Well played, Russell Westbrook!

During a press conference held on April 13, 2020, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that Russell Westbrook (point guard for the Houston Rockets) was collaborating with local nonprofit Compudopt in making an immediate donation of 650 computers to distribute to underprivileged kids. Compudopt was founded in 2007 by Jonathan Osha; he and Osha Liang partner Carlyn Burton currently serve on the nonprofit’s board of directors....

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18

Mar 2020

Our Commitment to Providing Uninterrupted Service

We would like to inform you that all of our offices remain open and are actively working. In response to developments with COVID-19, Osha Liang has taken proactive measures to protect the health and well-being of our team, our clients, and the community at large. Our Hangzhou office colleagues started working remotely in January while colleagues at our Paris office have been working remotely since...

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09

May 2018

URGENT POST-GRANT PRACTICE UPDATE

The USPTO has published a proposal today to change the way claims in unexpired patents are interpreted in AIA post-grant validity challenges (including IPR, PGR, CBMR) in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Currently, claim terms are given their “broadest reasonable interpretation” consistent with the patent specification (“BRI standard”). The USPTO proposes to use the same claim interpretation approach used in U.S. federal district courts, construing...

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07

Sep 2017

Osha Liang Ranked Top Law Firm in PTAB Litigation Diversity

Osha Liang was recently named the law firm with the highest ratio of female attorneys working on Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) patent cases, according to Docket Alarm’s statistics and as reported in Patently-O’s blog post.  According to the statistics, 72% of Osha Liang’s AIA-Trial representations are staffed by female attorneys. The blog post points out the fact that “Patent litigation is dominated by...

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05

Sep 2017

Osha Liang Attorneys Named 2017 Texas Super Lawyers

Osha Liang is pleased to announce that two attorneys at the firm have been selected as 2017 Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers©. The firm’s honorees are Managing Partner Jonathan P. Osha and Partner Jeffrey S. Bergman. Both were recognized in the Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation categories. This is the 11th consecutive year that Mr. Osha has earned selection to the list of the state’s top...

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30

Aug 2017

Photos from Hurricane Harvey

Over the last week, Hurricane Harvey swept the southeast coast of Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with our clients, employees and their families who were impacted by this unprecedented storm.  These are challenging times and we want to be of as much assistance and support as we can.  Osha Liang would like to thank all of our clients, colleagues and friends around the world...

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21

Aug 2017

Great American Solar Eclipse Photos

John and Talina Osha and Louis and Patti Bonham of Osha Liang, Alan and Susan Kasper of Sughrue, family and friends hosted members of the Cornell Friends of Astronomy club at the Oshas’ River Junction Ranch in Idaho to view the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017.  The eclipse photos were taken by John using a 600mm prime lens and a 2x teleconverter. ...

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07

Jun 2017

Osha Liang Ranked in 2017 IAM Patent 1000

For the first time, Osha Liang was recognized by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 as one of the top patent firms in Texas.  Osha Liang’s intellectual property practice achieved a “highly recommended” overall ranking and was recognized in the category of prosecution.  Additionally, Partner Jeff Bergman was also named a top individual in the practice area. IAM Patent 1000 has fast become the definitive...

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12

Sep 2016

Osha Liang Ranks on HBJ’s Largest Houston-Area IP Law Firms List

Osha Liang was ranked as the third largest intellectual property law firm in Houston by the Houston Business Journal.  Firms are ranked by the number of intellectual property lawyers in the Houston area.  Rankings were determined by the number of Houston-area lawyers who concentrate their practice in intellectual property law.  In order to qualify for the list, a lawyer must spend at least 75 percent of their...

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23

Aug 2016

Partner Peter Schechter Quoted in Law360 on Texas Roils Recently Stilled Waters of Patent Agent Privilege

Partner Peter Schechter was quoted in the Law360 article “Texas Roils Recently Stilled Waters of Patent Agent Privilege.” Texas appellate ruling that an inventor’s emails with a nonlawyer patent agent aren’t privileged is causing consternation for patent lawyers who had hoped a Federal Circuit decision in March recognizing the privilege would be the final word on the issue and maintain continuity among different venues. The ruling,...

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25

Jul 2016

Osha Liang Files Amicus Brief for Design Basics, LLC

By: Louis K. Bonham On July 15, 2016, Osha Liang Of Counsel, Louis K. Bonham, filed an amicus curiae brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  This brief is in support of the appellant’s petition for rehearing en banc in Home Design Services, Inc. v. Turner Heritage Homes, Inc., et al., and was filed on behalf of Osha Liang client Design...

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20

May 2016

Retirement Congratulations to Dr. Chyau Liang

Dr. Chyau Liang, named partner of Osha Liang LLP, will be retiring from the firm this month after a long and distinguished career as a scientist, a professor, and an intellectual property attorney. Dr. Liang received his bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences from National Taiwan University in 1977.  After a couple years of working as a pharmacist in Taiwan, he moved to the United States...

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20

May 2016

EU Trade Secrets Directive Approved

By: Christophe Besnard The European Parliament voted on last April 14, 2016 in favor of the EU Trade Secrets Directive. The Council of the European Union (EU) should now approve the Parliament’s position and the Directive be adopted in its current wording. The EU Member States would then have 24 months to adapt their national laws to the objectives of the Directive. The Directive aims to ensure that...

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20

May 2016

News Flash: New Federal Trade Secrets Act in the United States

By: Jonathan P. Osha President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law on May 11, 2016.  The DTSA for the first time provides a private cause of action for trade secret misappropriation at the federal level.  Previously, prosecution of trade secret theft at the federal level was limited to criminal actions brought by the federal government.  Private actions for trade secret theft were...

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16

May 2016

Osha Liang Ranked Among Top 100 U.S. Firms for Minority Attorneys

Law360 recently released its inaugural results of the “Top 100 Firms for Minority Attorneys” survey and Osha Liang ranked 23rd on the top 100 list of U.S. law firms that were ranked.   This ranking, based on each firm’s minority representation at both the partner and non-partner levels, illustrates Osha Liang’s commitment to multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion. According to Law360’s 2016 Diversity Snapshot of the U.S. law firms surveyed by Law360, less than...

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09

Mar 2016

Fed. Circ. Patent Agent Privilege Rule To Lower Legal Costs  

The Federal Circuit’s decision this week in the case involving Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. ruled that some communications between patent applicants and nonlawyer patent agents are privileged gives agents far greater freedom to do their jobs and should lower the cost of patent law services.  Partner Peter Schechter was quoted in Law360 commenting on why the ruling is good for patent law firms, as well as...

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24

Feb 2016

Osha Liang Congratulates 2016 HATCH Pitch Finalists

AUSTIN and HOUSTON, Feb. 25, 2016/PRNewswire/ — HATCH pitch, the revolutionary startup pitch competition, announced today the finalists for its upcoming March 13 event in Austin, Texas. A proud sponsor of HATCH pitch since its inception in 2012, the Osha Liang LLP intellectual property law firm congratulates the finalists selected for this international competition. Applications were received from hundreds of early-stage tech startups in 20...

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23

Feb 2016

Osha Liang Recognized as a Top Firm for Business Methods Applications

HOUSTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Osha Liang LLP has achieved a top-7 ranking by Juristat with successes in the area of e-commerce art units of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the law firm said today. Selected from IP Today’s list of top firms for 2015, Osha Liang is recognized for business methods claims in the 3620s, 3680s, and 3690s e-commerce art units. Jonathan...

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05

Feb 2016

Osha Liang Helps Standard Innovation Achieve Global IP Settlement

HOUSTON, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The epic legal battle between Canada-based Standard Innovation Corp., pioneer of the innovative We-Vibe® brand of sexual wellness products, and the LELO group of companies, officially has ended, the intellectual property law firm Osha Liang LLP said today. In what became the equivalent of the Apple v. Samsung battle of the sexual wellness industry, these long-time rivals reached a global...

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19

Jan 2016

Osha Liang Welcomes IP Attorney David S. Forman to Our Washington, DC Office

WASHINGTON and HOUSTON, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Intellectual property attorney David S. Forman, whose practice focuses on patent prosecution, litigation and counseling, has joined Osha Liang LLP as senior counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C.-area office. Dr. Forman has a wide range of scientific and legal experience with matters involving biotechnology, immunology, pharmaceuticals, organic chemistry, diagnostic devices and methods, and medical devices. He was...

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17

Dec 2015

Osha Liang Recognized as a Top Firm for Patent Allowance in USPTO’s Technology Center 3600

HOUSTON, Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Osha Liang LLP has achieved a top-4 ranking by Juristat in patent examination allowance by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Technology Center 3600, the law firm said today. The USPTO’s TC 3600 provides examination for a wide range of technologies, including software, business methods, and the oil and gas industry. With an allowance rate of 89.0 percent, Osha...

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02

Dec 2015

Osha Liang LLP Recognized as a Top Firm for Patent Allowance in USPTO’s Technology Center 2100

HOUSTON, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Osha Liang LLP has achieved a top-10 ranking by Juristat in patent examination allowance by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Technology Center 2100, the law firm said today. The USPTO’s TC 2100 provides examination for patent applications including computer archi-tecture, software and information security. With an allowance rate of 89.43 percent, Osha Liang was recognized as a leader...

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22

Oct 2015

Jeffrey S. Bergman and Jonathan P. Osha co-author The Bulletproof Patent: A Practical Guide to Drafting & Obtaining an Enforceable Patent

Osha Liang LLP is pleased to announce that LexisNexis recently published The Bulletproof Patent: A Practical Guide to Drafting & Obtaining an Enforceable Patent. As explained by the authors, Jeffrey S. Bergman and Jonathan P. Osha, who together have a combined 30 years as patent practitioners, a “bulletproof ” patent is one that does not require litigation because it is written understandably, is clear in...

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