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May 2013

Home Design Firm Awarded $1.3 Million in Architectural Copyright Case

HOUSTON, Texas, May 20, 2013 – A federal district court has awarded $1.3 million to a Texas design firm in an architectural copyright case, according to Osha Liang LLP. Houston-based Hewlett Custom Home Designs, Inc., whose clients include Fortune 500 executives and celebrities such as Charles Barkley, claimed that Frontier Custom Builders, Inc. infringed Hewlett’s copyrighted designs in violation of federal law. The jury in...

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Apr 2013

April 2013

"America Invents Act" (Provisions Effective March 16, 2013) Tom Scherer presented on the America Invents Act to a group of attorneys and intellectual property department personnel in Tokyo, Japan.


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Apr 2013

Trademark Winner 2013

Osha Liang is please to announce we have won ‘Trademarks Law Firm of the Year in Texas’ for the 2013 Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award.


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Apr 2013

2013 IP Today Ranking

Osha Liang is pleased to announce we have once again been placed in the top 50 patent firms in Intellectual Property Today. We are ranked 49 with a total of 727 patent applications filed in 2012 and a three-year average of 685.7. To learn more, please visit www.iptoday.com.


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Feb 2013

February 2013

Jeff Bergman, Laura Witbeck, and Kevin Kuelbs presented on Post-Grant Procedures to a group of attorneys, patent agents, and patent engineers in Houston, Texas.


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Jan 2013

Osha Liang Sponsors Hatch Pitch Competition

Osha Liang is proud to be sponsoring the Hatch pitch competition this year at SXSW in March. Aly Dossa, partner at Osha Liang is the intellectual property resource for contestants entering the competition. For more startup tutorials and advice, visit: http://www.hatchpitch.com/. HATCH is a pitch competition for revolutionary tech startups at SXSW Interactive festival. Technology founders compete to win several prizes and gain recognition to...

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Dec 2012

Osha Liang Secures Affirmance in Inter-Partes Reexamination Case from the Federal Circuit

On December 11, 2012, Osha Liang, representing the patent holder in an Inter-Partes Reexamination, secured an affirmance from the Federal Circuit that the patent at issue was valid.  Inter-Partes Reexamination is a process (now replaced by Inter-Partes Review, after the passage of the American Invents Act) by which a third party can challenge the validity of a patent that the PTO, then at the PTAB...

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Nov 2012

U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms $3.2 Million Award in Architectural Copyright Case

AUSTIN, Texas, November 7, 2012 – The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed a $3.2 million award to an Austin, Texas firm in an architectural copyright case. Last year, a federal jury returned a $3.2 million verdict for Kipp Flores Architects.  The jury found that Hallmark Design Homes infringed Kipp Flores Architects’ copyrights by constructing hundreds of houses from copyrighted...

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Aug 2012

BROAD CLAIM CONSTRUCTIONS —Be Careful What You Ask For

In a recent Federal Circuit decision, the court once again illustrated the dangers associated with seeking unduly broad claim constructions.  In MagSil,[1] the plaintiff had a claim which required a change in resistance of at least 10 percent at room temperature.  The specification showed examples up to 11.8 percent, but no greater.  During litigation, however, the plaintiff sought a claim construction that would encompass from...

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Aug 2012

SUING THE PTO —Can You Challenge PTO Decisions?

In a recent District Court decision, a judge allowed a lawsuit to proceed against the PTO, under the auspices of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). This case is particularly interesting, because it involves a defendant in a patent litigation bringing suit against the PTO to challenge the PTO’s decision to allow the plaintiff in the litigation to late claim priority to a prior application.In Exela...

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May 2012

May 2012

U.S. Litigation (Strategic Preparations and Statistics) Tom Scherer presented on the U.S. Litigation to a group of attorneys and intellectual property department personnel in Tokyo, Japan.


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Mar 2012

March 2012

Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups Aly Dossa presented at the National Business Incubator Association Conference, Houston, Texas.


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Oct 2011

October 2011

An Introduction to Intellectual Property and Patent Law Aron Griffith gave an intellectual property primer presentation at the 3rd Annual AIChE Regional Process Technology Conference in Galveston, Texas.


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Sep 2011

September 2011

America Invents Act U.S. Patent Reform of 2011 Tom Scherer presented on the America Invents Act to a group of attorneys, patent agents, and paralegals at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas.


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Sep 2011

U.S. PATENT REFORM LEGISLATION PASSES

Long-awaited U.S. Patent Reform Legislation passed Congress today, September 8, 2011. In June, the House of Representatives passed a bill substantially similar to a bill passed in March by the Senate. The major difference between the bills relates to the handling of Patent Office fees, while the primary points of reform proposed in the bills, e.g., changing to a first-to-file system, amending patent litigation practices,...

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Jun 2011

June 2011

Apple v. Amazon.com Trademark Infringement Lawsuit John Osha spoke to June Grasso of Bloomberg Law about the Apple v. Amazon.com trademark infringement lawsuit for "App Store." "What the CAN-SPAM Act Now Covers" Aly Dossa and Tim Smith presented to a group of web developers, graphic designers, and social media marketers at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas. "United Stated Information Disclosure Statements, Patent Laws and Regulations, and Consequences for Failure to Meet Such Requirements" Chyau Liang hosted an AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Assocation) webinar to the All China Patent Agents Association.


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May 2011

May 2011

"Therasense: Inequitable Conduct Update" Tom Scherer presented an update on inequitable conduct law in Japan. "Status of U.S. Patent Reform 2011" Tom Scherer spoke on the current status of U.S. Patent Reform Reform in Japan. "Practical Applications of Intellectual Property in the Wind Industry" Robert Lord and Tim Smith gave a poster presentation at Windpower 2011 in Anaheim, California. "An Introduction to Intellectual Property and Patent Law" Lisa Margonis spoke to engineers at ASME's South Texas Section in Houston, Texas. "No Mirage: How to Attain an Emerging or High Tech Patent in Less Than One Year" Robert Lord and Tim Smith hosted a seminar at Osha Liang's office in Silicon Valley, California.


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Apr 2011

USPTO READY TO IMPLEMENT PRIORITIZED EXAMINATION

On April 4, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published in the Federal Register a final rule to implement the prioritized examination that guarantees a final disposition of a patent application within one year from filing. Under the new system, utility and plant applications filed to USPTO will be examined classified as one of the following three Tracks: Track I: prioritized examination;...

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Feb 2011

February 2011

"Fast Tracking Patents for Emission and Renewable Technologies" Robert Lord and Tim Smith presented at the Electric Utilities Environmental Conference (EUEC) 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. To view the presentation, please click here.


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Jan 2011

January 2011

"I Agreed to What? Understanding Terms of Service/Use on the Web" Aly Dossa, Tim Smith, and Scott Bell presented to a group of web developers, graphic designers, and social media marketers at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas.


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Dec 2010

December 2010

"Buyer Beware: The 24 Month Patent Application Pilot Program" Carlyn Burton spoke at the American Chemical Society's SWRM/SERMACS annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. "The Patent Process Explained" Laura Witbeck presented at the American Chemical Society's SWRM/SERMACS annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.



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