April 2015 – We are proud to announce that Yvette Hansen has joined The Marbury Law Group in our recently created Staff Accountant role. Yvette is a recent graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting. She has extensive career experience in the fields of accounting, billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll functions within the medical and electric utility industries. Yvette will play a pivotal role to enhance and streamline our client accounting processes and join our Finance team of professionals.
March 2015 – The Marbury Law Group is ranked among the "Top Patent Law Firms of 2014" for issued patents by IP Today, rising 37 spots in the annual survey! The firm experienced a 58% increase in issued utility patents in 2014, with continued growth in early 2015.
February 2015 – Jim Areklett joined The Marbury Law Group as our new Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer. He has 20+ years of result driven financial, operational and managerial expertise in the legal services industry. He has successfully contributed to and served at prominent local, national and international law firms. Jim is committed to ensuring top notch professional service and desired client results in a prudent and cost effective manner. He is proud to join The Marbury Law Group and contribute to our mission to maximize our clientele’s objectives and results.
January 2015– Marbury Law is pleased to announce an exciting 58% increase in patents issued for clients in the 2014 calendar year!
December 2014 – We are excited to announce Marbury's continued growth with the addition of a new associate to the Marbury team this month. Yutian Ling comes to us from Ropes & Gray in Boston, MA and has expertise lies in computer engineering, software, and telecommunications patent drafting and prosecution.
April 29, 2015 - Senator Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the bipartisan Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 (PATENT) Act, a revised version of prior proposed legislation that addresses some of the most severe criticisms of those proposals. The proposed act covers a variety of issues, primarily focusing on post-grant proceedings, litigation, licensing, and attorneys fees.
April 24, 2015 - The Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015 proposes to correct purported errors int eh America Invents Act, by clarifying the rights of patent applicants regarding pre-filing public disclosure of inventions. This act if approved by the US Congress, will clarify the conditions under which patent applicants can retain their right to patent coverage despite making a public disclosure about their invention.
April 20, 2015 - Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in In Re Tam that the denial of trademark registration based on the disparaging nature of the mark, is not a violation of the freedom of speech.
April 13, 2015 - The US Inspector General issued a report indicating a need for improvement in current US Patent & Trademark Office patent quality assurance programs. The report indicated that current quality metrics employed by the USPTO may not accurately capture teh true error rate in patents issued. Such errors may be caught and corrected by experienced, knowledgeable counsel, reducing your risk of costly post-grant measures.
March 24, 2015 - In B&B Hardware v. Hargis Indus. (2015), a case involving a trademark opposition running in parallel with a trademark infringement lawsuit over the mark SEALTITE/SEALTIGHT, the U.S. Supreme Court generally held that a Trademark Trial and Appeals Board decision can serve as issue preclusion to collaterally estop a court from re-judging already-decided issues.