Psilocybin Patents Demonstrate Growth in the Psychedelics Market

By Sarah M.D. Luth

Public and medical interest in the use of psychedelics has steadily been expanding since the 1990s. Psilocybin is one of the most well-known psychedelic compounds. Psilocybin, also known as “magic mushrooms” is a compound produced by several species of fungi, and which has both psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties. Although psilocybin is still considered a Schedule […]

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Design Patents Just Got Easier

By Kirk M. Hartung

In a short, four page, precedential opinion issued on October 4, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that design patents are limited to specific articles of  manufacture, and not a design in the abstract. In re Surgisil, L.L.P., case number 2020-1940. The patent applicant, Surgisil, filed a design patent […]

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MVS congratulates Dr. John McKay and our client, New West Genetics, for being featured on the cover of Genetics

By Heidi S. Nebel

The article titled “Quantitative trait loci controlling agronomic and biochemical traits in Cannabis sativa” is published in this prestigious journal and makes up for lost time in understanding the genetics of important traits in Hemp. Understanding the genetic basis of complex traits is a fundamental goal of evolutionary genetics. Yet, the genetics controlling complex traits […]

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PVP Office Now Accepting Hemp Seed Deposits

By Heidi S. Nebel

The USDA is now indicating that it has formalized arrangements with the National Laboratory for Germplasm Resources Preservation (NLGRP) to begin accepting Hemp Seed Deposits for Plant Variety Protection Applications. A seed deposit for a Plant Variety Protection Certificate acts as a “voucher” to prove that the application is accurate and that the applicant had […]

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Michael H. Anderson, Ph.D. Joins McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC

By Richard Marsolais

MVS is pleased to announce that Michael H. Anderson, Ph.D. has joined MVS as Senior Counsel. Michael will bring his significant legal experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, primarily in the biotechnology field. “We are excited to have Michael join MVS as part of our Chemical and Biotechnology practice group. Michael has […]

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Good Save: UK IPO Blocks Passing Off Attempt

By Nicholas J. Krob

Earlier this year, a British businessman by the name of James Dear applied with the UK Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) to register a mark consisting of the name “RONALDINHO,” a famous retired Brazilian soccer player, imprinted on a crest resembling that of legendary soccer club F.C. Barcelona. Dear also applied to register a mark consisting […]

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Starting the Clock on Basketball Whistle Patent Infringement

By Luke T. Mohrhauser

A recent patent infringement complaint in North Carolina illustrates how patents cover and help sporting events. While golf is the undeniable king of patents in the sports realm, with over 22,000 patents since 1976, other sports do see innovation and patenting as well. Take, for example, Michael J. Costabile’s inventions captured in U.S. Patent Nos. […]

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Proposed rulemaking to implement WIPO Standard ST.26

By Brian D. Keppler, Ph.D.

Patent applications containing nucleic acid or protein sequences will be required to submit a sequence listing in compliance with the new WIPO Standard ST.26 beginning on January 1, 2022. With the implementation of the new standard coming soon, the USPTO has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the rules of practice for submitting […]

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Can I Copyright My Logo?

By Brandon W. Clark

Yes, logos are copyrightable, assuming, that the logo was independently created and possesses a sufficient level of creativity. First, to be clear, copyrights and trademarks are very distinct. Generally, copyrights protect original works of authorship (e.g., music, books, art, movies, etc.), and trademarks serve as source identifiers to convey the origin of goods or services […]

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What is Assignor Estoppel and What Implications Remain Post Minerva?

By Blog Staff

Particularly within the patent industry, it is common to see that an employment agreement contains a provision where an employee agrees to assign the rights in any future inventions developed during the course of employment to the employer. Provided the prevalence of assignments filed in patent applications, inventors and patent owners should be aware as […]

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