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Inventor of self-cleaning home, and former Klarquist client, passes away at 101


Frances Gabe, an Oregon inventor and former Klarquist client, was profiled in a New York Times article earlier this week. Ms. Gabe passed away on December 26, 2016 at the age of 101. The Times article is a fascinating profile of a truly unique woman that invented and constructed a self-cleaning house. Ms. Gabe’s invention […]

OSU hosts inaugural “Next Great Startup” competition


The Advantage Accelerator program at Oregon State University is designed to help new startups turn into viable companies. This year, the Advantage Accelerator program hosted its inaugural “Next Great Startup” competition, a competition in which companies and teams compete for a grand total of $30,000. Klarquist was proud to be a sponsor of this event. The competition took […]

The Supreme Court hears arguments on constitutionality of denying registrations for “disparaging” trademarks


The United States Supreme Court heard arguments this Wednesday in a case involving a federal trademark application filed by the Oregon band “The Slants.” As discussed in an earlier post, The Slants’ application for a trademark registration for the name of their band was denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) because […]

Portland-based Tranxition’s “PC migration” patents found invalid for claiming an abstract idea


On November 16, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding of summary judgment by the U.S. District Court of Oregon that all claims of two patents owned by Tranxition Inc. are invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Tranxition is a Portland-based company that develops software for migrating personal data and settings from one computer system […]

Supreme Court to consider Oregon band’s right to register “disparaging” name


The Oregon band “The Slants” has been trying to obtain a federal trademark registration for their name since 2011. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has repeatedly denied that registration, finding the name disparaging to persons of Asian descent. By statute, the PTO refuses trademark registrations that: Consists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, […]

Coppola objects to Copa Di Vino’s use of black wine labels with gold elements


The owner of the Coppola wine trademarks, GMYL, L.P., has sued Oregon winemaker Copa Di Vino in the Central District of California. The Complaint alleges trademark and trade dress infringement and unfair competition based on Copa’s wine labels and packaging for some of its products, including its “Winemaker’s Cut” product. The Complaint asserts that the […]

Attorney fees denied: $1,000 for one download of The Cobbler is enough


On August 10, 2016, Magistrate Judge Beckerman denied a prevailing plaintiff’s motion for attorney fees in a copyright infringement suit against an unnamed defendant for illegally downloading an Adam Sandler movie (The Cobbler) using the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing protocol. Among the reasons given for denying plaintiff’s motion for attorney fees was the Court’s finding […]

Burn the bus if you must, but you may want to keep the mural


Think twice before throwing out that old painting in your garage: you could face damages for violating Copyright Law. But what if that art isn’t just in your garage, but parked in your front yard, or painted on a wall of your building? That all depends. Under the 1990 Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), an […]

Oregon beer growler patent duel to proceed on multiple fronts


Drink Tanks Corporation sued GrowlerWerks, Inc. last November for patent infringement based on its sale of growlers, including the uKeg 64 product shown below. Earlier this year, the case was transferred from Delaware to Oregon district court. On June 2, 2016, GrowlerWerks took the fight to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) by filing a […]

In a sea of orange, Oregon State University finds blue


Oregon State University is well known for its orange and black “Beaver Nation” brand.  Recently, however, it’s also been getting a lot of attention for its work with the color blue. OSU professors Mas Subramanian and Arthur Sleight, and graduate student Andrew Smith, discovered a brilliant blue pigment while studying metal oxide compounds. In October […]