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Rebecca Tapscott

IP Attorney, Freelance Writer

Bilicki Law Firm

Rebecca Tapscott is an intellectual property attorney and freelance writer for IPWatchdog. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Central Florida and received her Juris Doctorate in 2002 from the George Mason School of Law in Arlington, VA.

Rebecca has worked as a senior associate attorney for the Bilicki Law Firm and Diederiks & Whitelaw, PLC. Her practice has involved intellectual property litigation, the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the chemical, mechanical arts, and electrical arts, strategic alliance and development agreements, and trademark prosecution and opposition matters. In addition, she is admitted to the Virginia State Bar and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Recent Articles by Rebecca Tapscott

Vidal Affirms PTAB in Sua Sponte Director Review, Clarifies Interference Estoppel Provisions Do Not Apply to Proceedings Before the PTAB

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Kathi Vidal on August 22 issued a decision granting sua sponte Director Review and Affirming the Decision on Institution in Zynga Inc. v. IGT, IPR2022-00199, U.S. Patent No. 7,168,089 B2. Vidal determined that the interference estoppel provision of 37 C.F.R. § 41.127(a)(1) does not apply to trial and preliminary proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the PTAB was correct in holding that Petitioner should not be barred from pursuing inter partes review based on interference estoppel.

Christmas 2021: Iconic Patented Toys and Games Update – and Trademarks Too!

Its Christmas time again and IPWatchdog is back at it, compiling a list of iconic patented toys and games. This year, we have added some iconic trademarks to round out the list. This tradition was originally made popular in 2018, and updated in 2019, with a holiday feature by IPWatchdog Founder Gene Quinn: The Most Iconic (and Patented) Toys and Games of All Time. The original post included iconic toys such as “the Video Game Console, Barbie doll, Monopoly, Rubik’s Cube, Battleship, Super Soaker, Hoola Hoop, Slinky, Play-Doh, Easy Bake Oven, Game-Boy Frisbee, YoYo, Lego blocks, Transformers, Tricycles, Bicycles, Scooters, Tonka trucks, Rocking Horse, Twister, Simon, Magic 8 Ball, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Bunch-o-Balloons and Mr. Potato Head.” Here are a few more that have brought smiles to the faces of so many on Christmas Day over the years.