McKee, Voorhees & Sease Providing Assistance During the COVID-19 Crisis
April 03, 2020
Post by Blog Staff
As all of us in Iowa are dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak, MVS is joining in to help those affected by this crisis and show our appreciation to our healthcare workers while supporting our local businesses. Several of our attorneys are volunteering to staff the hotline created by Iowa Legal Aid, The Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project as announced by G.......
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Amarin's Eicosapentaenoic Acid Patents All Found Invalid - Lessons on Obviousness
March 31, 2020
Post by Sarah M. Luth
Earlier this week the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada issued a decision in the case of Amarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., regarding the validity of six patents owned by Amarin Pharmaceuticals for the drug Vascepa. Amarin filed suit to prevent Hikma and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) from launching generic competitor drugs to Vascepa, and the Defendants counter-.......
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Patents Concerning Coronavirus Treatments
March 26, 2020
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson
28 U.S.C 1498 allows the government to use or authorize others to use any invention “described in and covered by a patent of the United States.” If such authorization is granted, patent owners can sue the United States, but only for reasonable compensation. Patent owners are not able to seek injunctions against private entities working for the United States government. In 2009, the United States Departme.......
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Heidi S. Nebel Elected to the AUTM Board of Directors - AUTM Chair and Newly Elected Board Members Take Office
March 25, 2020
Post by Blog Staff
The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a global non-profit whose members support the commercialization of academic research through intellectual property protection, start-up formation and industry-academia collaborations, has elected , Managing Member of MVS, to its Board of Directors. Heidi is an Intellectual Property attorney with over 25 years of experience obtaining patents and designing .......
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COVID-19 NLGRP closure and PVP concerns
March 23, 2020
Post by Heidi S. Nebel
The National Laboratory for Genetic Resources (NLGRP) has temporarily closed due to COVID-19.  They are not accepting seed or tuber germplasm at this time.  They have requested that all germplasm deposits be delayed until further notice. What do I do if I need to make a deposit for my PVP application? If you have filed a PVP application and are approaching the deposit deadline, consider filing a reques.......
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Contract Killers: Coronavirus and “Act of God” Provisions
March 20, 2020
Post by Nicholas J. Krob
Businesses everywhere, like the individuals that comprise them, are facing an uncertain future in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). As each new day brings unprecedented governmental regulations and market disruptions, businesses are increasingly finding themselves unable to fulfill, or enforce, contractual obligations. And with such inability often comes, at least eventually, litigation. In .......
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MVS Working Remotely
March 20, 2020
Post by Blog Staff
McKee, Voorhees & Sease, is closing its physical office to ensure the health and well-being of our employees. Employees are operating remotely, and it will be business as usual in providing our clients with the outstanding service and legal counsel they have come to expect from MVS. If you have any questions, please contact us at (515) 288-3667 or email us. ....
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MVS Preparedness and Response to COVID-19
March 12, 2020
Post by Heidi S. Nebel
McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC (MVS) recognizes the increasing disruptions, anxiety, and suffering caused by COVID-19. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers of calm and strength go out to all who have been personally affected around the world.   Our firm monitors information released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of State and local health authorities. The firm is commit.......
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Iconic Green Jacket Is A Golf Trophy and A Registered Trademark
March 05, 2020
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
The famous green sports coat given each year to the winner of the prestigious Masters golf tournament is now a registered trademark. On March 3, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued registration number 6000045 to Augusta National, Inc., which filed the registration application on  February 21, 2019.  The mark includes three gold buttons on the front of the jacket and two gold buttons on each.......
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UK to Back Out of the UPC
March 04, 2020
Post by Julie L. Spieker
  Julie L. Spieker Last year, this blog brought news of the impending Brexit vote and the supposed impact of Brexit on intellectual property laws in the UK. Brexit was thought to have largely no effect on patent law because European and UK patents are governed by the European Patent Convention (EPC) which is a non-EU agreement. Further, the European Patent Office which overseas European patent pr.......
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