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Category Archives: Patent and Trademark

USPTO new cloud-based trademark search system with basic and advanced search options

“As we recently noted, we are improving our search tools frequently used by patent and trademark filers and web visitors to provide a more multi-faceted, reliable search experience. To that end, we are excited to announce the launch of the beta version of our new trademark search system.    This new, cloud-based search system will replace our current system (Trademark Electronic Search System, or TESS) to make searching for trademark registrations and/or applications easier – a necessary step for any aspiring or current business owner looking to protect their brand. Our new system provides users with a stronger industry-standard search syntax and offers both a simplified, basic search interface as well as a more advanced search interface for more complex searching.   Though customers may still use TESS, it will be permanently retired later this year, and we will share the official retirement date in the next few months. To assist with the transition to our new search tool, we are offering multiple virtual demonstrations and trainings to ensure comfort and familiarity with its use. Each session will cover system capabilities and end with a question-and-answer period (note: the information covered in each session will be identical). We invite you to attend one of the following live sessions:

This fall, we will be holding more formal training webinars on basic federal trademark searching and advanced federal trademark searching.   Our improvements are never done. We welcome your feedback on the beta release to help further strengthen the system. Look for the blue “feedback” button on the right side of the new trademark search system webpage to send us suggestions.  For more information on the new trademark search tool or to learn more about the upcoming transition away from the TESS system, please visit the search trademark database webpage of the USPTO website.  Visit our USPTO events page to see all upcoming trainings and our web improvements page to stay informed on all the latest updates. “

AI Litigation Database

“This database presents information about ongoing and completed litigation involving artificial intelligence, including machine learning. It covers cases from complaint forward – as soon as we learn of them – whether or not they generate published decisions. It is intended to be broad in scope, covering everything from algorithms used in hiring and credit and… Continue Reading

Video Game Law

Lemley, Mark A. and Maitra, Sonali, Video Game Law (June 1, 2023). Available at SSRN: or “This is the complete text of Video Game Law: An Open Access Casebook, the first law school casebook to cover video game law. It includes chapters on the history of video games, copyright, patents, trademarks, the right… Continue Reading

Standards and the Law

Coglianese, Cary, Standards and the Law (May 13, 2023). Standardization: Journal of Research and Innovation, Vol. 2, no. 2, p. 15, 2023, U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 23-18, Available at SSRN: “The world of standards and the world of laws are often seen as separate, but they are more… Continue Reading

We build digital tools to accelerate scientific research

The Macrocosm Consortium: “This group is part of an experiment in building digital projects with specific focus on civilizational scale. We’re made up of a group of young people who enjoy tinkering on projects with high potential and immediate impact. It’s easier than it’s ever been to build incredible things. The insane productivity that’s being… Continue Reading

The Rapid Rise of Generative AI Threatens to Upend US Patent System ($) – “As issues about artificial intelligence make their way through the US patent system, greater disclosure about its use may lead to questions about how ideas are formed that are not considered under existing patent rules, warns Dr. Michael Sartori…When members of the US supreme court refused this week to hear a groundbreaking… Continue Reading

Inside the secret list of websites that make AI like ChatGPT sound smart

Washington Post: “AI chatbots have exploded in popularity over the past four months, stunning the public with their awesome abilities, from writing sophisticated term papers to holding unnervingly lucid conversations. Chatbots cannot think like humans: They do not actually understand what they say. They can mimic human speech because the artificial intelligence that powers them… Continue Reading

How We Think About Copyright and AI Art

EFF: “Artists are understandably concerned about the possibility that automatic image generators like Stable Diffusion will undercut the market for their work. We live in a society that does not support people who are automated out of a job, and being a visual artist is an already precarious career. In this context, it’s natural to… Continue Reading

Generative Artificial Intelligence and Copyright Law

CRS Legal Sidebar – Generative Artificial Intelligence and Copyright Law. February 24, 2023: “Recent innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) are raising new questions about how copyright law  principles such as authorship, infringement, and fair use will apply to content created or used by AI. So-called “generative AI” computer programs—such as Open AI’s DALL-E 2 and… Continue Reading

Google Patent Phrase Similarity Dataset

Kaggle: “This is a human rated contextual phrase to phrase matching dataset focused on technical terms from patents. In addition to similarity scores that are typically included in other benchmark datasets we include granular rating classes similar to WordNet, such as synonym, antonym, hypernym, hyponym, holonym, meronym, domain related. The dataset was used in the… Continue Reading

Modern, user-friendly Patent Center to fully replace legacy Public PAIR system this summer

USPTO: “Beginning August 1, 2022, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Center system—available to the public since 2017—will fully replace the legacy Public Patent Application Information Retrieval (Public PAIR) tool for the electronic filing and management of patent applications. The Public PAIR tool, first launched in the early 2000s, will be officially retired on July… Continue Reading

USPTO launches new Patent Public Search tool and webpage

“The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new Patent Public Search tool that provides more convenient, remote, and robust full-text searching of all U.S. patents and published patent applications. Based on the advanced Patents End-to-End (PE2E) search tool USPTO examiners use to identify prior art, this free, cloud-based platform combines the capabilities of… Continue Reading