STLR Link Roundup – August 25, 2013

McDonald’s versus the MACDIMSUM On July 2, 2007, a Canadian man applied for the trademark MACDIMSUM for Malaysian, Asian and Chinese food and drink products.  McDonald’s opposed the trademark, arguing that there is a strong likelihood of confusion between MACDIMSUM and McDonald’s family of trademarks starting with the prefixes MC and MAC.  Last year, the Canadian Trademarks Opposition Board (“TMOB”) ruled in favor of McDonald’s, finding that MACDIMSUM is not a strong mark and that Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 20, 2013

Bowman v. Monsanto: A Patent That Just Keeps On Growing On Tuesday February 19, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Bowman v. Monsanto concerning patent rights of self-replicating technology. Monsanto created and patented a genetically altered soybean resistant to the herbicide Roundup, coined Roundup Ready.  Vernon Hugh Bowman, an Indiana farmer, obtained second-generation Roundup Ready seeds lawfully, planted the seeds, and then saved the seeds from his grown soybean plants for subsequent planting.  Bowman Continue Reading →

Will SCOTUS Finally Address Pay-For-Delay Pharma Settlements?

Pay-for-delay pharmaceutical settlements have been a point of contention for over a decade.  Such agreements entail a branded drug manufacturer paying a generic drug manufacturer a large sum of money to withdraw their drug patent challenge and refrain from entering the market of the branded drug for a specified amount of time.  In the end, the pharmaceutical companies benefit at the expense of consumers by discouraging competition and keeping drug prices artificially high. Background The Continue Reading →