U.S. Patent and Trademark Office News

Supreme Court Finds Government Can’t Block Disparaging Trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court said the federal government can’t constitutionally withhold legal protections for trademarks seen as disparaging, throwing out a 70-year-old provision as a free-speech violation. The ruling was unanimous, although the court splintered in its reasoning. The decision …

Supreme Court to Hear ‘Disparaging’ Trademark Case Similar to NFL’s Redskins’

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted a new case with implications for the Washington Redskins’ name controversy, agreeing to decide whether the federal government can withhold legal protections for trademarks it concludes are disparaging. The justices on Thursday said they’ll consider …

Washington Redskins, Disparaging Trademarks and Free Speech

The National Football League’s Washington Redskins lost some protection for its controversial name after a federal judge ruled it may be disparaging to Native Americans. The decision doesn’t bar the team’s commercial use of the trademarked name, but it opens …

CareRise Granted Third U.S. Patent for Nursing Facility Risk Management

The U.S. Patent Office has issued a third patent to Tim Goux, CEO of CareRise, a risk management company based in Mandeville, La. The patent further protects the company’s business method to reduce insurance claims and losses at healthcare facilities …

President Obama Issues Executive Orders to Curb ‘Patent Trolling’

President Barack Obama took steps on Tuesday intended to limit frivolous patent lawsuits, a practice referred to as “patent trolling.” Lawsuits brought by companies that do not make or sell anything but merely license patents and sue others for infringement …