Darren Franklin

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Darren M. Franklin is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

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Open COVID Pledge Seeks to Make IP Available for Use in Ending COVID-19

The Open COVID Coalition, comprising an international group of scientists and attorneys, has published the Open COVID Pledge, which calls upon organizations worldwide to make their patents and copyrights freely available to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  The steering committee of the Open COVID Coalition includes such legal luminaries as Mark Lemley of Stanford Law … Continue Reading

Limited Relief for Patent and Trademark Applicants Affected by COVID-19

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is offering limited relief to patent and trademark applicants affected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by waiving the fee for filing a petition to revive an abandoned patent or trademark application.  Under an official notice issued by the USPTO, the office is considering the effects of the coronavirus to … Continue Reading

High Court Takes on Laches and Patents

As published by The Daily Journal on May 11, 2016. Businesses dread getting letters that make claims of patent infringement. Such letters often raise complex questions of patent law that require specialized advice and demand a license fee that eats into company profits. Sometimes, however, the patent owner fails to follow up on the letter, and … Continue Reading
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