intellectual property

Court Lifts Block on Sales of Generic Suboxone Film

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday lifted a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of a generic version of the Indivior Plc opioid treatment Suboxone Film, Reuters reports. The generic was produced by India-based drug manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. Suboxone Film is a drug that is dissolved under the tongue. It helps drug users beat their addiction to opioids.  Eighty percent of UK-based Indivior’s revenue is generated from Suboxone. The company says that it plans to pursue ongoing U.S. patent litigation aimed at blocking the sale of Dr. Reddy’s generic version.

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American Airlines Logo Gets Copyright Review Following Lawsuit

Following a major rebranding, American Airlines introduced a new logo in 2013, however, the U.S. Copyright Office has rejected the company’s request for copyright registration of the logo on three separate occasions, the Los Angeles Times reports. The dispute focuses on whether the logo is creative enough to be considered original. After the third rejection, American Airlines filed a lawsuit against the head of the agency. The suit was dropped following a recent announcement that the office would reconsider its rejection of the logo.

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Forbes: Facebook Files Algorithm Patent to Predict Who You Live With

A patent filed by Facebook in May was made public this week, Forbes reports. The patent uses an algorithm to determine who lives with whom based on tags, hashtags and facial recognition software. The article states the most important factor determining household data will be the use of a shared IP device in the household from multiple user sign-ins. The information will be used for ad targeting. Members of the same household will view the same ads, and advertisers will be able to track the performance of ads across households.

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Patent Use by Drug Companies Adds to Opioid Problem

A new patent for an opioid addiction treatment lists Richard Sackler, former chairman of Purdue Pharma, as the inventor, NPR reports.  David Herzberg, a historian who focuses on the opioid epidemic, fears the continuation patent, Patent No. 9861628, will keep treatment prices high and add additional difficulty for addicts trying to receive treatment. General counsel for the subsidiary that holds the patent emailed a statement saying that no product has been developed under this patent, and if one is developed, it will not be commercialized for profit. However, secondary patents, such as these, are a part of strategies often employed by pharmaceutical companies in order to lengthen their monopolies over drugs by blocking competitors. These patent strategies allow the pharmaceutical industry to receive a greater financial return than that of any other industry, according to a patent law expert at Stanford University.

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Tech Companies Encourage National Data Privacy Laws to Preempt California Law

During a Senate hearing Wednesday, major technology and internet companies — including Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, AT&T, Charter and Twitter — encouraged the passage of federal legislation to protect data privacy that would preempt the tough privacy law that California adopted, set to take effect in 2020, Reuters reports. The companies acknowledged the importance of being more transparent with personal data use and giving users more control over their data, but argue that California’s legislation is too burdensome due to confusing language, making compliance difficult. In addition to California adopting tough privacy laws, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation took effect in May. Violations carry stiff fines in the millions of dollars. The U.S. Commerce Department is seeking comments on how to set nationwide data privacy laws.  

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This Friday: Intellectual Property 2018– CLE Bytes

This innovative program presented by the TBA Intellectual Property Section will feature timely analysis on cutting-edge topics designed to up your game by helping you stay on top of trends and advancements relevant to the world of IP. This event is a la carte, with registration open all day, allowing you to customize your schedule to the topics you are interested in. Take as many or as few hours as you need, paying only for the hours you attend. The forum will feature first-rate programming from speakers and producers such as:

  • Andre Bahou, Bahou Miller PLLC, Nashville
  • Scott Augenbaum, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Nashville
  • Kevin Christopher, Christopher Intellectual Property Law PLLC, Cookeville
  • William Fortunato, Patterson + Sheridan, Greensboro
  • James Fox Jr., Adams & Reese LLP, Memphis
  • Mark Graham Esq., The Graham Law Firm PLLC, Knoxville
  • Ian McFarland, Merchant & Gould PC, Knoxville
Topics include:
  • viral trademarks
  • how to protect software using intellectual property
  • Supreme Court updates on trademarks and copyrights
  • blockchain technology
  • Supreme Court updates on patents, and patent-eligible subject matter
Section members receive a discount for the program. Here’s the key info:

When: Friday, April 27, registration begins at 8 a.m., CST; programming will continue until 3:45 p.m., CST

Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville

Click here to register


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Inventor Business & Legal Bootcamp Set for Sept. 20

Save the date now for the upcoming Inventor Business & Legal Bootcamp on Sept. 20.
Because intellectual property ("IP") owned by individuals and small businesses is a key component and contributor to the Tennessee and U.S. economy, the Tennessee Bar Association will conduct an Inventor Legal & Business Bootcamp to educate all attendees about the legal and business aspects of Intellectual Property and its role in starting a business. This program is designed for those that create or own intellectual property (inventors, makers, artists, licensing organizations, etc.) and the attorneys that represent them.
Find out more or sign up for CLE credit on the CLE course detail page.
Immediately following the CLE program, join your fellow attendees for a light reception and connect with the panelists, attorneys, makers, inventors, entrepreneurs and community leaders. TBA staff will be on hand to share more information about the TBA patent pro bono program.
Please contact Jarod Word, Sections & Committees Coordinator with any future Section Connect ideas, or Legal Practice Tips you feel may be beneficial to other Section members.
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Legal Assistance Volunteers For Patent Applicants

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts to Administer Program

Administration of the Legal Assistance Volunteers for Patent Applicants program will move from the Tennessee Legal Community Foundation (“TLCF”) to Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (“Georgia PATENTS”) on October 1, 2018.

For individuals who have been matched with attorneys, please note that Georgia PATENTS will continue to serve the Tennessee community and will provide support necessary to continue your work.

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