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OREGON IP

Oregon identified as one of the most innovative states

In a recent study of publicly-available patent data, Oregon has been identified as one of most innovative states. In celebration of the issuance of the 10 millionth patent, Kempler, an Illinois company, released a study in June 2018 titled “Innovation Around the World.”  According to the study, over the last five years, Oregon ranked 6th […]

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OREGON IP

Licensing of exclusive rights can eliminate standing to sue for copyright infringement

In a recent copyright case in the District of Oregon, Judge Simon granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment that the plaintiff lacked standing to sue for copyright infringement because plaintiff had granted others most of the exclusive rights under its copyright. The plaintiff, Fathers & Daughters (“F&D”), is the author and owner of the copyright […]

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OREGON IP

OSU’s new hue debuts as a “Bluetiful” crayon

Crayola announced the arrival of the new crayon color “Bluetiful,” which will soon appear in the company’s classic 24-count box. The name was selected by Crayola fans via an online vote that originally had more than 90,000 entries, and it beat out other finalists, “Dreams Come Blue,” “Blue Moon Bliss,” “Reach for the Stars,” and […]

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OREGON IP / Patent

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 […]

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OREGON IP

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 […]

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OREGON IP / Supreme Court / Trademark

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 […]

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OREGON IP / Supreme Court / Trademark

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, […]

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OREGON IP

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 […]

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OREGON IP / Copyright / District Court of Oregon

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 […]

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