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Elaine Cruz

Elaine Cruz is a certified Paralegal who has been working in the legal field for over 20 years. Her emphasis is on litigation support for Federal and State Court matters and Trademark prosecution. Elaine’s litigation experience and vast knowledge of the “ins and outs” of the court system and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) enable her to efficiently support our attorneys from onset to post-trial.

Elaine gained the discipline to fastidiously maintain records and track details for complex cases in Construction and Bankruptcy law, and has a special compassion and ability to interact with clients on a personal level that comes from here background in Family and Elder Law. Elaine enjoys helping people by easing their mind through the litigation of a civil injustice, by helping them seek relief from overwhelming financial burdens, or by helping them save their hard-earned life savings for their children through asset preservation.

Now, Elaine enjoys being part of the future through her work in Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property is about “starting something” — a new idea, a new company, a new brand, a new design, a new piece of art, a new work of literature. Elaine joined the firm in 2007 and quickly became a vital member of the team.

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Doh!! 20th Century Fox Sued For Using Homer Simpson Hologram

On August 14, 2014, Hologram USA filed a patent infringement lawsuit against 20th Century Fox and Gracie Films alleging that a three-dimensional representation of Homer Simpson at this year’s Comic-Con infringes their patented systems for projecting three-dimensional images onstage. Hologram USA claims to be a licensee of U.S. Patent No. 7,883,212 (the “‘212 patent”) and […]

Posted on August 22, 2014

The Aereo Supreme Court Decision: Tough on Unlicensed Reproduction, Soft on Cloud

On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court released its decision in the much-anticipated ABC v. Aereo case. The Court reversed the Second Circuit, holding that Aereo directly infringed the copyrights of broadcast television program owners by publicly performing their works without permission. The decision injects uncertainty into the tech world and begs the question: is Cloud […]

Posted on August 14, 2014

Alice – Lost in Translation

The USPTO guidelines after Alice, start with a rather conciliatory tone – a oddity. The USPTO “recognizes” their Mayo Guideline issued in May 2014, which excluded “abstract” idea, now applies to “abstract” ideas. The USPTO equally maintains, their understanding of examining “abstract” idea as set forth in MPEP 2 106(1) has not changed. All suggestions […]

Posted on August 7, 2014