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Combining the names of your children to create new marks can avoid confusion in the wine industry

06/26/2016

Winemakers often name their wines after family members.  But what if the name of one of your children is already registered by another winemaker?  If you have more than one child, consider combining it with the other child’s name to create a new mark.  In addition to appeasing both children, it may reduce the likelihood that your mark […]

Vermont and Oregon craft beer dispute – The Shed v. Brew Shed

05/18/2016

Noble Brewing Company dba GoodLife Brewing Co., based on Bend, Oregon, produces a session ale it calls BREW SHED. Otter Creek Brewing Company in Vermont, which does business as The Shed Brewery, has objected to this use based on its federal registrations of SHED and THE SHED for beer. On May 18, 2016, Otter Creek […]

Adidas files three IPR petitions challenging Nike patents

04/19/2016

On April 19, 2016, Adidas filed three petitions for inter partes review of Nike patents by the USPTO. The three related patents relate to footwear and methods of manufacturing footwear, particular textile structures. Below is a table showing Claim 1 of each of the Nike patents.   US Patent No. 8,266,749 1. A method of […]

Patent Grants To Oregon Inventors On The Rise

03/01/2016

Since the turn of the century, there has been a steady increase in the number of patent applications filed and granted in the United States. Oregon is no exception. As shown in the above graph, just since 2002, the number of patents granted to Oregon inventors* has increased by nearly 63 percent. In 2002, the […]

Nike sues Skechers for design patent infringement

02/01/2016

In a complaint filed in the District Court of Oregon on January, 4, 2016, Nike alleges that several of Skechers product lines infringe design patents owned by Nike. All eight Nike design patents identified in the complaint (D696,853; D700,423; D707,032; D723,772; D723,781; D723,783; D725,356; and D725,359) issued recently, in 2014 or 2015. According to the complaint, at […]