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Archive: 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Says Google Can Use Java API

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion on April 5, 2021 that held "Google’s copying of the Java SE API, which included only those lines of code that were needed to allow programmers to put their accrued talents to work in a new and transformative program, was a fair use of that material as a matter of law." Google's Android operating system relies on the copied code and Oracle had sought $9 billion in damages.

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USPTO Year in Review - 2020 Trademark Trends

In February 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark office (“USPTO”) released its annual Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2020. Overall, the report showed an increase in U.S. trademark application filings in fiscal year 2020 but a slight decrease in trademark renewals compared to fiscal year 2019

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USPTO Year in Review - 2020 Patent Trends

In February 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark office (“USPTO”) released its annual Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2020. Overall, the report showed a slight decrease in U.S. patent application filings in fiscal year 2020 but an increase in patent issuances across utility, design, and plant applications compared to fiscal year 2019. Additionally, the USPTO is now offering final decisions faster, with an average time of 23.3 months compared to 23.8 months in 2019. The USPTO maintained their goal of 14.8 months for average first action pendency.*

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