American Bar Association Announced Data Breach, More Than 1 Million Accounts Impacted

By Sarah M.D. Luth

The American Bar Association (ABA) announced on April 21 that it experienced a data breach in March 2023, resulting in the exposure of over 1.5 million member accounts. According to the ABA, an unauthorized user accessed its systems between February 28 and March 2, 2023, gaining access to member account information, including names, contact information, […]

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Celebrating World Intellectual Property Day 2023

By Richard Marsolais

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC is proud to support World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2023. This day celebrates the role intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity and the many inspiring inventors and creators around the world who are working to provide for a better tomorrow. The theme for this year’s […]

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Court Battles in U.S. End for AI Inventorship

By Kirk M. Hartung

On April 24, the U.S. Supreme Court  declined to accept the case to consider the question of whether artificial intelligence can be the named inventor on a patent application. Dr. Stephen Thaler, who filed two patent applications in 2019 naming his computer (whom he calls “DABUS”) as the sole inventor, had petitioned the Supreme Court […]

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First-Time Patent Filer? The USPTO Wants to Make You Special

By Melissa M. Mitchell

As part of ongoing efforts to create a more equitable and diverse patent system, last month the USPTO and its Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2) announced the First-Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program. The goal of the program is to increase accessibility to the patent system for inventors who are new to the patent process. […]

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Will the Supreme Court Finally Clarify Patent Eligibility?

By Ashley E. Holland

To be eligible for a patent, an invention must be a “useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter.” However, in recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of patent eligibility. In the landmark cases Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. (2012) and Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International (2014), the […]

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