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How counterfeiting, piracy, and imitation of copyright materials hurts global business

Counterfeiting is a rapidly growing global threat to businesses and consumers. The trade of copyright movies, computer programs, music, or even counterfeit iPhones 6 from China hurt global trade. In some cases fake orcounterfeit items are harmful to consumer health and safety.  The world of fakes don’t only harm modern technology sectors, the art world [..]

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Five ways to Research your Keywords for a Patent Search

While we recommend hiring a professional to undertake researching existing patents, some entrepreneurs and inventors choose to handle the patent search process on their own. The United States Patent and Trademark office (PTO) has created digital, physical and online databases to aid the public in the search for patents. If you’re just starting your first [..]

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William C. Spence has Achieved the Highest AV Preeminent® Rating

On February 10, 2016, William C. Spence, founding partner of Intellectual property firm SpencePC, in Chicago, IL, received the AV Preeminent® rating from Martingale-Hubbell®. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability.  This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence.  It is achieved only after [..]

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William Spence Hosts Intellectual Property Series with Special Guests

On January 28, 2016, Mr. Spence hosted the first of a series of webinars, called “Intellectual Property; What Every Lawyer and Every Client Must Understand.” Messrs. Eric Curtin (Crawford Manu), Mike Pellegrino (Pellegrino and Associates), and Kal Shah, (Locke Lord LLP) joined him as speakers. The speakers provided an overview of intellectual property laws in [..]

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Federal Circuit holds that AIA Reviews Don’t Require Review of All Patent Claims

On Wednesday, February 9, 2016, the Federal Circuit upheld the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s policy of conducting partial reviews of patents challenged in America Invents Act inter partes review petitions, rejecting Synopsys Inc.’s argument that the board must review all the challenged claims. In her dissent, Judge Pauline Newman writes that letting the Patent [..]

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What Patent Litigators and Litigants Need to Know About Amendments to the Federal Rules

William C. Spence will be hosting a webinar for patent litigators and if you read our blog post you can receive 25% off registration. On December 1, 2015, patent litigators and litigants will begin to follow the newly amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. This webinar, taking place on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 from 11AM to 12PM ET [..]

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Patent Pro Bono Program – Patent HUB

SpencePC’s Jacob Graham recently attended the inaugural, launch event for Chicago-Kent’s Patent HUB on October 14, 2015. The Patent HUB  is a program that facilitates the placement of under-resourced Illinois inventors with pro bono patent prosecution counsel. The program acts as Illinois’ hub for the USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program that currently offers programs in all 50 states. Section [..]

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SpencePC Expands IP Practice with Jacob Graham

Spence PC adds Jacob Graham, bringing additional depth to its intellectual property practice Jacob Graham joins Spence PC, an intellectual property litigation firm, as an Associate. He brings extensive experience in litigation, arbitration, and mediation involving intellectual property, technology, and commercial issues. Mr. Graham is licensed to practice in Illinois and is registered to practice before the [..]

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