The Supreme Court heard oral argument this week in not one, but two trademark cases with huge implications on commercial activity in the U.S. and abroad. The justices had a bit of fun—and even laughed at points when hypotheticals highlighted the absurdity of what consumers might encounter in today’s online marketplace—but at the end of

This is the latest in the series titled “NPE Showcase,” where we discuss high-volume non-practicing entities (or as some call them, “patent trolls”). This installment will focus on a company named Traxcell Technologies, LLC.

Non-practicing entities, by their very nature, have few assets other than the patents asserted in a lawsuit. NPEs are typically single

We have previously discussed the thorny intellectual property implications of non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”), units of data stored on a blockchain that signify ownership of a unique digital media item. But another emergent issue facing the NFT market is what, if any, application federal securities laws have on the offer and sale of NFTs. This issue

The best inventions cure a historical illness. Ibuprofen for headaches, caffeine for fatigue, and of course—DISH Network’s “AutoHop” feature for skipping commercials. DISH introduced this new feature with great fanfare, including a kangaroo mascot and—ironically—several commercials of its own. But a jury in Utah found last week that Dish infringed the claims of two patents

This post was originally published on Seyfarth’s The Blunt Truth blog.

Cannabis has become a growing sector for investment with increased focus by investors and entrepreneurs. See our colleague’s impressions from the 2022 MJ BizCon cannabis conference here. With the increased funding pouring into this sector has come a desire to protect the intellectual

The seminal Alice v. CLS Bank lawsuit provided an arsenal of invalidation weapons for patent defendants across the country. Alice was particularly relevant to software patents because it held a large swath of software patents to be invalid – particularly those that did no more than implement an abstract idea on a general purpose computer.

Utility patents are for functional inventions. Design patents protect the look of something functional, regardless of whether the functional aspects are new. Because of this, a popular use of design patents is to protect the outside of common consumer products. What’s more common than the written word?

Increasingly, companies are investing in designing unique and

The Super Bowl is one of the most highly anticipated events in the world of sports, attracting millions of fans, advertisers, and sponsors from around the globe. Because of this, Super Bowl advertisements are plentiful both before and during the game. However, keen observers may notice that, while some companies directly refer to the event