Courtney Seams

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Courtney Seams is a law clerk in our Washington, DC, office with a focus on intellectual property matters.

“Open Sesame” Without Translation Won’t Open Door to Trademark Registration

By on Feb 2, 2023
Posted In Trademarks

The Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (Board) addressed, for the first time, whether an applicant is required to submit an English translation for a word that is created by spelling out the pronunciation of Chinese characters using Latin characters. The Board concluded that the mark required an English translation and upheld the examining attorney’s refusal...

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Dictionaries Don’t Know Best: The Intrinsic Record Prevails (Again)

By on Jan 19, 2023
Posted In Patents

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed the tension between the intrinsic and extrinsic record in claim construction, holding that the intrinsic record should be relied on first. The Court therefore reversed a district court finding of indefiniteness based on dictionary definitions and expert testimony. Grace Instrument Industries, LLC v. Chandler Instruments...

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