Westlaw Topical Highlights: Intellectual Property, August 20, 2013

August 20, 2013

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Westlaw Topical Highlights for Intellectual Property provides summaries of significant federal court decisions and legislative and administrative activities affecting Intellectual Property law. A Westlaw subscription is required to access the documents linked from this page.

Name or Likeness: test goComputer and Electronics:  Patented id on slow cooker was subject of commercial offer for sale before critical date, Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. v. Sunbeam Products, Inc.  2013 WL 4081872(C.A.Fed. (Va.))  A patented lid on a slow cooker was the subject of a commercial offer for sale before the critical date, as required for the on-sale bar to apply. The patentee’s foreign supplier made an offer by email to the patentee to sell the slow cookers with that lid, the patentee could have accepted that offer when it so pleased under a governing corporate purchase agreement, and a binding contract would have been formed if the patentee would have provided a release to the supplier.  2013 WL 4081872, (The full-text of the rest of the Topical Highlights are available within Westlaw Next, subscription required)

Name or Likeness: ‘Uses in commerce” element is merits-based determination, not jurisdictional predicate to false designation of origin claim. Just Tacos, Inc. v. Zezulak 2013 WL 3731065 (D.Hawai’i)