Cantor Colburn News
October 13, 2022
Effective December 3, 2022, the USPTO will cut Trademark Office Action review time in half, from six to three months, with a single three-month extension available. The USPTO’s intent is to decrease the time it takes to get and maintain a registration and to provide the flexibility to request additional time to respond to more complex office actions. Cantor Colburn's Client Alert provides details.
In our most recent newsletter, "Court revives patent case - descriptive terms weren’t 'indefinite' after all," discusses the Federal Circuit ruling in Niazi Licensing Corp. v. St. Jude Medical S.C., Inc. that highlights one of the most important considerations in obtaining a patent: what a patent’s words communicate to skilled artisans in the relevant field.
- February 4, 2022
Cantor Colburn LLP is the #4 law firm for the most U.S. utility patents, #4 for design patents, and #6 for trademarks obtained in 2021. For utility patents by technology center, Cantor Colburn is #1 for mechanical engineering, #1 for transportation, construction, and agriculture, #3 for computer architecture, software, and information security, #4 for chemicals and materials, and #7 for semiconductors.
Cantor Colburn Partner Dave Christensen has written a series of articles, Guide to Patents and Intellectual Property, an excellent resource for novices as well as for experienced patent prosecutors.
- NFTs, Cryptocurrency & the Metaverse Supplement, The Trademark Lawyer MagazineNovember 1, 2022
"Enforcement in the Metaverse," by Michelle Ciotola and David Kincaid is published in The Trademark Lawyer Magazine's special supplement, NFTs, Cryptology & the Metaverse, November 2022. Michelle chairs the firm's Trademark & Copyright Practice Group and David co-chairs the firm's Artificial Intelligence Practice Group.
- September 10, 2022
- Best LawyersAugust 18, 2022
- The Patent LawyerJuly/August 2022
- JuristatAugust 2, 2022
Cantor Colburn is #7 among U.S. law firms for the most U.S. patent applications filed claiming foreign priority.
- July 19, 2022
- The Trademark LawyerJuly 12, 2022
- June 20, 2022
- Legal 500 USAJune 1, 2022
Cantor Colburn has been recommended as a Top Tier Firm by the Legal 500 United States 2022 in Intellectual Property for Patents: Prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings). Cantor Colburn has been recognized for this highly selective honor for more than a decade.
- IP Law360May 19, 2022
- May 10, 2022
- May 4, 2022
- The Trademark LawyerIssue 2, 2022
Cantor Colburn Partners Michelle Ciotola and David Kincaid evaluate the expectations for how the USPTO will handle IP due diligence for NFTs - an exciting, if not emerging, technology, in their article, "Don't forget the NFTs: IP due diligence for emerging technologies," published in The Trademark Lawyer Magazine, Issue 2, 2022. Read it here.
- April 7, 2022
Cantor Colburn’s Women’s Initiative hosted the Hartford Area AIPLA Women in IP Global Networking Event on April 7, 2022 at Parkville Market in Hartford.
- April 2, 2022
Cantor Colburn's Client Alert on important facts about U.S. sanctions on Russian patent and trademark matters.
- March 8, 2022
Cantor Colburn is pleased to announce that Kimberly Vines, Ph.D., Esq., has been promoted to Counsel in the Firm’s Atlanta office. Dr. Vines’ expertise is in prosecuting U.S., foreign, and international applications with a focus in the areas of chemicals, small molecule pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. She practices all aspects of patent prosecution including non-infringement opinions.
- March 1, 2022
- February 28, 2022
The Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) published the white paper, "Protecting Inventions Relating to Artificial Intelligence: Best Practices," written by members of its Software-Related Inventions Committee and the Artificial Intelligence & New Emerging Technologies Committee. Cantor Colburn partner David Kincaid serves on both committees; he co-chairs Cantor Colburn's Artificial Intelligence Practice Group.
- February 15, 2022
Michael Cantor, Co-Managing Partner of Cantor Colburn LLP and Chair of Connecticut Innovations, will accompany Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and other public and private sector leaders on a trip to Israel. The weeklong trip from February 17-25, 2022 will focus on strengthening Connecticut's connections to members of Israel’s innovation ecosystem, including venture capitalists, incubators, accelerators, and thought leaders.
- February 4, 2022
Cantor Colburn is the 4th largest design patent law practice in the US, having obtained 327 design patents for our clients in 2021.
- February 4, 2022
Cantor Colburn is proud to announce that it is ranked #6 for 490 U.S. Trademark Registrations obtained for clients in 2021 (Ant-like Persistence).
- January 25, 2022
After many years of starts and stalls, the Unitary Patent System in Europe is finally happening. The Unitary Patent System will provide the option to obtain a single European Patent which can be enforced against an infringer acting in any member state. This appears to be a game changer for owners of patents that issue under the protocol.
- January 12, 2022
The USPTO has announced the Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility (SME) Response Pilot Program, which launches on February 1, 2022, and provides applicants with a limited waiver with respect to SME rejections applied against an application. The program provides a sequenced approach to handling substantive rejections, where SME rejections are handled after the resolution of all other patentability rejections.
Cantor Colburn LLP is pursuing Mansfield Rule Certification, which aims to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership. The Mansfield Rule certification process takes place over 18 months and was created by Diversity Lab. “We are pursuing Mansfield Certification because Diversity Lab has shown this is an effective way for law firms to increase diversity in leadership,” said Phil Colburn, Co-Managing Partner of Cantor Colburn. “We are interested in measurable, concrete successes.”
- December 21, 2021
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing to implement electronic patent issuance. Under this change, the USPTO would no longer issue patents on paper; instead, it would issue patents electronically through its patent document viewing system. This would mean patents would issue sooner in electronic form, possibly with only two or three days’ notice, and that physical copies would no longer be mailed to the correspondence address as part of the patent issuance process.
- December 8, 2021
- December 7, 2021
- Law360December 7, 2021
Law360 published the article, "Conn. IP Attys Cite Ethical Unease On Texting, Chinese Filings," written by Sameer Rao on December 7, 2021, which covered the Connecticut Bar Association webinar, "Hot Topics in Ethics for Intellectual Property Attorneys." Todd Garabedian, Partner and Vice Chair of Cantor Colburn's Life Sciences Practice Group, was a panelist.