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Jon Wolfsberger, Bill Jacobs, Dan Ovanezian and Pure Storage’s Joe Kucera Write on USPTO Deferred Examination Program for IAM Media

Jul 07 2020
The US Patent and Trademark Office’s Deferred Examination Program allows applicants to delay examination of a filed application for up to three years. Such a delay can, for example, help inventors much-needed extra time to secure funding, develop products and conduct market research. So it isn’t a surprise that the Deferred Examination Program has seen a dramatic increase in applications in recent years.
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PPP Updates: Borrower Details Released, Application Extension & Revisions to Forgiveness Application Timing

Jul 06 2020
On July 6, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Treasury released detailed and searchable information about more than 650,000 borrowers that received PPP loans. As the SBA previously announced, for loans below $150,000, the names of borrowers were not released, but totals for those borrowers were provided by zip code, industry and business type.
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USPTO Makes the Patent “Fast-Track” Faster

Jul 06 2020
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is now accepting petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals. Launched last week, the “Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program” aims to decide the average patent appeal within six to eight months faster than the current average.

Sonny Haynes Serves as Panelist in Trust Talks Event, Bringing Together Winston-Salem Police & Community

Jul 02 2020
The recent deaths of several Black citizens while in police custody—and the national protests that followed—make it clear that communication between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve is vitally important. In Winston-Salem, such an effort has been underway since 2011 in the form of the Trust Talks program. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Sonny Haynes has been a leader and facilitator in these events and on June 26, she served as a panelist on the first virtual Trust Talks discussion. The event explored local racial inequality and social injustice issues, and included a number of community leaders, law enforcement officials and elected representatives.
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Generic + Generic = Protectable? The Supreme Court Opens Door for Generic Terms Combined with Generic Domain Suffixes to be Registrable in Booking.Com Decision

Jul 02 2020
For eight years, travel website Booking.com and the US Patent and Trademark office have been embroiled in a dispute over trademarking the company’s name. The US Supreme Court settled the controversy—and opened the door for other companies to trademark formerly generic names—with its June 30 decision in favor of Booking.com.

Update: Georgia Hate Crimes Bill Supported by Womble Bond Dickinson, Other Georgia Companies Becomes Law

Jul 01 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson would like to express our gratitude to the Georgia General Assembly and Gov. Brian Kemp for enacting the state’s first Hate Crimes Law. Womble Bond Dickinson, working through the Metro Atlanta Chamber, was one of many prominent Georgia businesses urging support for this important legislation. The bill passed both chambers with bipartisan support and Gov. Kemp promptly signed it into law on June 26.

Boston attorney Caitlin MacDowell elected to the WEST Board of Directors; Deborah Vernon, Ph.D. will serve on Board of Advisors

Jul 01 2020
Congratulations to Womble Bond Dickinson Corporate attorney Caitlin MacDowell, who has been named a member of the Women in the Enterprise of Science & Technology (WEST) Board of Directors. Deborah Vernon, Ph.D., an Intellectual Property partner in the firm’s Boston office, after four years of Board service is stepping down from the WEST Board of Directors. Dr. Vernon will continue to support WEST as an advisor to the Board of Directors.
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Womble Bond Dickinson Joins Law Firm Antiracism Alliance

Jun 30 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys have long been committed to using their time and talents to make their communities and teams better. The events of recent weeks have made clear that we must continue to do our part to denounce systemic racial injustice and effect positive change by committing to take action. With that in mind, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP has joined more than 140 other law firms across the country in the new Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA).