USPTO Rolls Out Expedited TM Examination For Covid-19 Goods & Services

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new program last week that offers expedited examination for Trademarks having certain goods and services listings related to Coronavirus or Covid-19. This might allow businesses offering goods or services currently critical to public health to make their products available to the public that much faster.

Here’s the press release by the USPTO.

Attorney David Lizerbram’s blog offers a take on the new program here, including a break-down of how it all works. Check it out here!

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USPTO Announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

Good news from the USPTO, especially for small businesses working on COVID-19-treating inventions!

On May 8, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued this press release regarding a pilot program to provide prioritized examination to micro and small entities, without the usual prioritized examination fees, for patent applications directed toward products or processes that are subject to FDA approval for preventing or treating COVID-19, to encourage cutting-edge innovation and help potentially live-saving inventions get to market and available to the public more quickly.

Music Copyright News: Flame vs. Katy Perry

Here’s an article from IPWatchdog about a recent music copyright infringement case heard in California, regarding Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” and Flame’s “Joyful Noise”.

These songs maybe sound kinda similar– but in a court case, it has to be decided whether they’re similar enough: is one artist is infringing the other’s copyright?

Read the full article here!

COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs

Here’s a video with some information for entrepreneurs and small business owners that may be helpful during this challenging time.

The information is current as of April 30th, and of course should be considered basic general information, not professional legal advice.

Photographer sues Getty Images after being billed for her own photo

And, one last fun IP News article to brighten your Thursday…

Photographer Carol Highsmith has been working on a project of archiving American life in the early 21st century, traveling around and taking photos all over the USA and donating them royalty-free to the Library of Congress for anybody to use.

Imagine, then, her surprise when she got a threatening letter accusing her of license infringement– for posting one of her own photos online!

Check out the full story here.