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George Romanik Joins Kinney & Lange

August 2, 2018 3:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Kinney & Lange, P.A. is pleased to announce that George J. Romanik has joined the firm as a shareholder, team leader, and member of the leadership group. George holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA) and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law (Hartford, CT). Before joining Kinney & Lange, George was Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property at Chemtura Corporation (now LANXESS Solutions US) where he led the in-house intellectual property team in providing a full range of IP services, including IP protection (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights), IP transactions (licensing and other...

Cooperative Patent Classification Implementation and Best Practices

August 1, 2016 7:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) is a harmonization of the U.S. and European existing patent classification systems, the European Classification System (ECLA) and the U.S. Patent Classification (USPC). The change to the CPC was initiated through a joint partnership between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO). The CPC is the result of the USPTO’s effort to provide a modern classification system that is internationally compatible; and a result of the EPO’s effort to eliminate the reclassification of U.S. patent documents and ensure compliance with International Patent Classification (IPC), administered by the World...

Kinney & Lange Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2016

July 7, 2016 4:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Kinney & Lange congratulates its 2016 Super Lawyer David R. Fairbairn and Rising Star Austen Zuege. Super Lawyers surveyed Minnesota attorneys regarding those members of the Minnesota State Bar whom they considered to be Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers Selection Committee evaluated the nominations received and made the final selections. No more than five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected as a Super Lawyer and no more than 2.5 percent are selected as a Rising Star. This is Dave’s fourteenth consecutive year of being named a Super Lawyer and Austen’s fourth consecutive year on the list...

Federalization of Trade Secret Law

June 2, 2016 9:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

By Thea E. Reilkoff The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. The DTSA creates a private civil cause of action in federal court for misappropriation of a trade secret “related to a product or service used in, or intended for use in, interstate or foreign commerce.” The DTSA amends the existing Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA), which criminalizes trade secret theft, and makes trade secrets a national priority, affording a level of protection already provided for patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Prior to enactment of the DTSA, plaintiffs...

Summary of Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and a Potential Impact on NPEs

June 2, 2016 9:35 am Published by Leave your thoughts

By:  Tony Salmo On December 15, 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. Congress passed and the Supreme Court adopted amendments to Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55, and 84. The amendment to rule 84 effectively eliminated the Appendix of Forms. On April 28, 2016, the Supreme Court approved amendments for review by congress for: Federal Rules of Appellate Practice, Rules 4, 5, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 28.1, 29, 32, 35, and 40, and Forms 1, 5, and 6, new Form 7 and new Appendix; Bankruptcy Rules 1010, 1011,...

Federal Circuit Reaffirms Patent Exhaustion Doctrine

June 2, 2016 9:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

By: Andrew Swanson In Lexmark Int’l, Inc. v. Impression Prods., Inc., 16 F.3d 721 (Fed. Cir. 2016) (en banc), the Federal Circuit was asked to determine the applicability of the doctrine of patent exhaustion in two contexts.  First, the court was asked to determine whether the sale of a patented article to end users under a restriction that is otherwise lawful and within the scope of a patent grant nonetheless gives rise to patent exhaustion.  The court held that a patentee may reserve its patent rights by selling a patented article under otherwise-proper restrictions on resale and reuse that are...

European Union Trademark Update

June 2, 2016 9:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

By: Lea Westman The EU has a regional trademark system which has been continually updated and amended. The most recent changes to the EU trademark include changes in names of the organization, a change in the classification of trademarks, and a change to the rules surrounding transit of goods and trademark law. Under these new rules, current trademark owners have until September 2016 to change declared goods and services on old trademark applications. The Old Community Trade Mark The Community Trade Mark (CTM) has long been used in the EU in an effort to create uniformity of trademark law. A...

Recently Issued Patents

June 2, 2016 9:20 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Kinney & Lange P.A. files hundreds of new patent applications each year in a wide variety of technology areas.  Below are a few recently issued U.S. patents for which the firm is listed as the legal representative. 9,174,231 “Sprayer fluid supply with collapsible liner” 9,175,567 “Low loss airfoil platform trailing edge” 9,182,258 “Variable frequency magnetic flowmeter” 9,188,620 “Method of detection and isolation of faults within power conversion and distribution systems” 9,194,027 “Method of forming high strength aluminum alloy parts containing L12 intermetallic dispersoids by ring rolling” 9,200,882 “Contour interval control for an aquatic geographic information system” 9,206,367 “Method for cold...

Kinney & Lange Welcomes Summer Law Clerks

May 23, 2016 8:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Kinney & Lange is pleased to welcome Lauren Taylor and Richard Champion as 2016 summer law clerks. Lauren and Richard are both current law students at the University of Iowa College of Law. Lauren has a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa. Richard has a B.S. in Chemistry from Eastern Oregon University, as well as an M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington.