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Pending Opposition Case with the EPO Raises Caution Over Generalized Assignment Language Within Employment Agreements

By Tina G. Yin Sowatzke, Pharm.D.

The year 2020—and now 2021—has been a busy year for the European Patent Office (EPO) as it works through several oppositions and appeals involving a number of CRISPR patents belonging to The Broad Institute, Inc., Harvard College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (hereinafter “Patentee”). The EPO Boards of Appeal has already revoked a patent […]

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Supreme Court Sides with Google in Major Copyright Case

By Brandon W. Clark

On Monday, the Supreme Court handed Google a win in a long-standing copyright dispute over the software used in the Android mobile operating system. The case dates back to 2005, when Google included roughly 11,500 lines of code from an Application Programming Interface (API), a tool that allows software applications to more easily communicate by […]

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MVS Collaborating with BioConnect Iowa on the Iowa Go-To-Market (G2M) Accelerator Program

By Richard Marsolais

MVS is pleased to announce that we are working with BioConnect Iowa, an organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Iowa’s bioscience sector, on the Iowa Go-To-Market Accelerator Program. The Iowa Go-To-Market (IowaG2M) Accelerator Program, a partnership between BioConnect Iowa, the Iowa State University Startup Factory, and VentureNet Iowa, seeks to provide follow-on support for […]

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Jill N. Link Elected to the BioConnect Iowa Board of Directors

By Richard Marsolais

BioConnect Iowa, an organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Iowa’s bioscience sector, has elected Jill N. Link, Partner, Patent Attorney and Chair of the Licensing Practice Group at MVS, to its Board of Directors. Jill is a patent attorney with nearly 15 years’ experience in counseling clients to protect and monetize intellectual property (IP). […]

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When Business Relationship Information is Not a Trade Secret: Review by the Federal Circuit

By Sarah M.D. Luth

On March 12, 2021 the Federal Circuit provided a precedential opinion affirming a Florida district court’s decision declining to seal information regarding a business relationship between two businesses where the party seeking redaction failed to prove that the information was a trade secret. Plaintiff DePuy and Defendant Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, Inc. (VOI) are competitors in […]

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Celebrating National Agriculture Week

National Agriculture Week, March 21-27, is devoted to educating people about where food, fiber, and fuel come from. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies, and others join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. In celebration of National Ag Week, here are some agricultural and farm facts: According to most recent U.S. […]

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Pegasus Universal Aerospace’s Patents Vertical Business Jet

By Gregory Lars Gunnerson

Pegasus Universal Aerospace (Pegasus UA) has recently acquired a U.S. patent for a newly developed vertical takeoff and landing business jet. The patent, U.S. Patent No. 10,710,713, names Dr. Mohamed Reza Mia as its sole inventor. Dr. Reza Mia also serves as Pegasus UA’s founder and chairman. The Johannesburg-based South Africa company seemingly hopes to […]

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Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach Taking Senior Status

By Gregory Lars Gunnerson

Seat 9 of the Federal Circuit is being vacated by Judge Evan Wallach, who was appointed by President Barack Obama and will take senior status. President Joe Biden will thus be tasked with nominating the seat’s next holder. The seat will be officially vacated on May 31, 2021. The last seat to open up on […]

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Inventor of Revolutionary Cassette Tape Passes Away

By Kirk M. Hartung

The inventor of the cassette tape, Lou Ottens, passed away at 95 last week.  The Dutch mechanical engineer began working for Philips in 1952, and became head of the product development department in 1957. Seeking an improvement to reel-to- reel recording spools and their problem with loose tape, Ottens’ goal was an enclosed case which […]

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Antibody Claim Strategies After the Amgen v. Sanofi Decisions

By Charles P. Romano, Ph.D.

Monoclonal antibodies (“mAb”) which specifically bind therapeutic targets dominate the biopharmaceutical market with global sales revenues estimated at nearly US$163 billion in 2019. Prior to the 2017, mAb were often protected in the US by broad claims which described the therapeutic target (i.e., the “antigen”) that the mAb could bind since such mAb could be […]

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