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December 22, 2016 | By S&H
Posted in: S&H IP Blog | U.S. Court of Appeals For The Federal Circuit

McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc.

On September 13, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) held in the case of McRo, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., that “the ordered combination of claimed steps, using unconventional rules that relate sub-sequences of phonemes, timings, and morph weight sets, is not directed to an abstract idea and is therefore patent-eligible subject matter.” The Federal Circuit focused its analysis of the Alice test on the second step, looking for (1) specific limitations that help avoid preemption and (2) more than merely automation of existing human activity.

December 22, 2016 | By S&H
Posted in: S&H IP Blog | U.S. Supreme Court

Lee v. Tam : Disparaging Trademarks versus Freedom of Speech

On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (“Supreme Court”) granted certiorari in Lee v. Tam to consider whether the disparagement provision of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1052(a), which says that no trademark shall be denied registration on account of its nature unless it “consists of ... matter which may disparage... persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute” is facially invalid under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.


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