One of the most common defenses to patent infringement is that the asserted patent is invalid. The reasons for invalidity regularly range from lack of utility, to incorrect inventorship, and even to fraud (as I’ve recently written about). Often, the defendant asserts that the patent is invalid for lack of novelty or non-obviousness–pointing
Likelihood of Illusion
By Tim Sitzmann on
Posted in Dilution, Famous Marks, Television, Trademarks, TTAB, USPTO
Over Thanksgiving weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting my grandmother’s farmhouse in northwest Iowa. I don’t think I had been there in probably five years, as she had been living in California for most of that time.
Upon entering, I was immediately taken back to my childhood. Nearly everything was exactly the same. The…