Australian High Court Rules Isolated Genes Unpatentable
October 08, 2015
Post by Daniel M. Lorentzen, Ph.D.

Post By Daniel M. Lorentzen, Ph.D. Whether or not genes are patent-eligible subject matter has been a much-discussed issue over the last several years. The 2013 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Ass'n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. established that that isolated DNA is a product of nature and therefore not patent eligible under Section 101 of Title 35 of the U.S. Code. The patent at is....... Read More

Streamlined, Expedited Patent Appeal Program for Small Entities Announced by USPTO
September 23, 2015

Post By Blog Staff As of September 18, 2015, small or micro entities with only a single ex parte appeal pending before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) will be able to expedite review of their appeal in exchange for streamlining the process. According to the information provided on the USPTO website, the criteria for qualification for this new program include: The appeal must not involve any claim subject....... Read More

Patent Office Extends After Final Consideration Pilot Program
September 17, 2015
Post by Daniel M. Lorentzen, Ph.D.

Post By Daniel M. Lorentzen, Ph.D. The After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP 2.0) program provides patent applicants at the USPTO with the opportunity to address issues that may remain in an application after a final rejection has issued. The AFCP 2.0 program is something of an exception to typical procedure, wherein a patent examiner has considerable discretion as to whether to even consider an amendment ....... Read More

Patenting Ideas Previously Disclosed in an Earlier-Filed Provisional Application but Later-Filed Non-Provisional Application
September 10, 2015
Post by Paul S. Mazzola

Post By Paul S. Mazzola Can an idea that has already been conceived (and published) still be patented? The scenario appears possible based on a recent holding from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Many know that nearly all publicly available information with a publication date prior to the filing date of a patent application can constitute a prior art reference under certai....... Read More

Expanded Powers of the USITC
September 03, 2015
Post by Marcus A. Smetka

Under 19 U.S.C. §1337(b)(1) the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is authorized to investigate allegations of unfair trade acts in the importation of articles that infringe a valid United States patent.  If a violation of the statute is found, the USITC issues an exclusion order that bars the importation of some or all of the infringing products and may issue a related cease and....... Read More

New Patent Application Alert Service
August 13, 2015

The USPTO is now offering a Patent Application Alert Service (PAAS) that allows subscribers to stay current with patent application pre-grant publications that may be relevant or of interest. A subscriber will receive a weekly email alert  that is customizable to a search criteria set by the subscriber. Each email will also contain direct links to the published applications listed.  Enrolling in ....... Read More

Innovation Promotion Act Could Mean Income Deductions for Patents and Other Intellectual Property
August 11, 2015
Post by Jill N. Link, Pharm.D.

  Current tax laws do not permit deductions or other preferential tax treatment for income derived from intellectual property. This may change based on proposed tax reforms. On July 29th the House Ways and Means Committee members Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Richard Neal (D-MA) released a legislative proposal for public comment outlining the Innovation Promotion Act. This Act would, in part, ....... Read More

Developments in State Anti-“Patent Troll” Legislation
August 11, 2015
Post by Daniel M. Lorentzen, Ph.D.

Patent law is within the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government. In the past several years, however, a number of states have proposed or passed legislation aimed at combatting so-called “patent troll” behavior. Although patent lawsuits are tried in federal—not state—court, these state legislative efforts generally attempt to combat perceived patent-troll behavior by creat....... Read More

Who owns the Trademark: Distributor v. Manufacturer
August 11, 2015
Post by Marcus A. Smetka

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has previously held that in the absence of an agreement between a manufacturer and a distributor, there is a legal presumption that the manufacturer is the owner of the trademark. The presumption that the manufacturer is the owner of a disputed mark may be rebutted. In determining which party has superior rights, the TTAB has looked to several relevant factors, i....... Read More

White House Calls for Modernization of Biotechnology Regulations
August 04, 2015
Post by Daniel M. Lorentzen, Ph.D.

Biotechnological innovation is potentially subject to a variety of governmental regulations. For example, therapeutics for disease treatment or prevention in humans are subject to review and approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Innovations relating to crops or livestock may be subject to the Department of Agriculture (USDA). However, the regulations promulgated by these governmental....... Read More

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