Sign-up for our newsletter, which will provide highlights of recent developments in Intellectual Property law.

Mike Morris Helps Announce New Scholarship Opportunity for Rose-Hulman Graduates Seeking a Law Degree

March 26, 2014

Associate Mike Morris helped announce a new scholarship opportunity for engineering students interested in pursuing careers in intellectual property. The new scholarship is available to Rose-Hulman graduates admitted to the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and will reduce the cost of law school tuition over three years by approximately $45,000 to $75,000, depending on the student’s residency and other factors. Mike, a Rose-Hulman and Maurer alumnus, remains active in both organizations by, among other things, meeting with engineering students interested in pursuing a career in law and serving as a coach for the Maurer School of Law’s intellectual property moot court teams. More information on the scholarship can be found here.

Dan Lueders Visits the Home of Gatorade®

April 15, 2013

Firm client, the University of Florida, is the birthplace of Gatorade ® sports drink. It was proven via the Florida Gators football team. Its history back to its invention in 1965 is summarized in this historic marker on the U of F Gators campus:

Partner, Dan Lueders, represents the University of Florida and is shown here at the Cade Museum exhibit which includes the actual med-school lab benches where Gatorade ® sports drink was invented:


Our law firm secured the original Gatorade ®  trademark registrations and various patents around the world for the product. Gatorade ® is a multi-billion dollar success story and is an ongoing part of our firm’s history.


Trademarks: First Madrid Protocol Affidavits Coming Due

January 26, 2010

In a recent blog update (link below), USPTO Director David Kappos issued a reminder that the first affidavits for extensions of trademark protection issued under the Madrid Protocol will be coming due between February 1, 2010 and February 1, 2011.

The Madrid Protocol is a procedure by which trademark filers may apply for a single international registration which may then be “extended” to individual member countries.  Depending on the circumstances, this can result in significant savings for the registrant when protection in multiple countries is desired.  The United States became a member on November 2, 2003 and subsequently began issuing extensions of protection to qualified applicants on February 1, 2005.

As with traditional US federal trademark filings, registrants using the Madrid system are required to file affidavits of commercial use or excusable nonuse to keep their extensions of protection in force starting with the fifth year after registration.  However, there are some discrepancies between the two systems concerning the statutory procedures and limitations for filing affidavits.  For example, the US federal system allows a six month grace period for filing affidavits.  For registered extensions of protection, however, there is currently no grace period for the first affidavit and only a three month grace period for subsequent affidavits.  Trademark registrants and their counsel need to be aware of these differences, as a missed deadline can result in cancellation.

Director Kappos’ blog post referenced above makes it clear that although the USPTO supports legislative changes to bring the two statutory schemes into agreement, the Office will continue to enforce the filing deadlines as mandated under the current statutes.  Trademark practitioners and registrants would therefore be wise to begin reviewing their portfolios and docketing procedures to ensure that all relevant deadlines are being met for extensions of protection issued starting in 2005.

Link to Director Kappos’ blog entry: USPTO Blog