Patentability and Patent Protection: Is the Pendulum Starting to Swing Back?
March 23, 2018
Post by Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.

Post By Oliver Couture The latest US Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center’s International IP Index still places the US on top overall for intellectual property. However, this is due to strength in enforcement of copyrights and trademarks, and improvements in identifying counterfeit goods before they enter the country. According the to Index, the US has dropped to 12th place out of 50 economi....... Read More

Patent Proposals in Congress
March 21, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung

Post By Kirk M. Hartung Since the creation of patent reviews at the Patent Office Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) by the America Invents Act of 2011, a very high percentage of reviewed patents have been declared invalid. Now, a bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives which could change these statistics. The bill also could revive issuance of injunctions against adjudicated infringers, which ....... Read More

Inventor of Long-Range Air Communications with Conformal Antennas Inducted into Hall of Fame
March 19, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson

Post By Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson Howard S. Jones, Jr. has been posthumously honored as a 2018 inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his innovative work in developing conformal antennas.  This invention has been crucial for the development of  enhanced capabilities for spacecraft, rockets and other aeronautical technologies. March 1, 2018 marked the 41st anniversary of th....... Read More

A New Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) is Available / So is A Revised Chapter 2000 For Duty of Disclosure
March 15, 2018
Post by Xiaohong Liu, Ph.D.

Post By Xiaohong Liu A New Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), the ninth edition, Revision 08.2017, was made electronically available on January 25, 2018 According to the PTO bulletin for the new MPEP, the revision includes changes to chapters 200, 700-1000, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1800, 2000-2300, 2500, and 2700. Each section that has been substantively revised has an indicator, for example [R-08.201....... Read More

Just Because It’s Nanoscale, Doesn’t Mean It’s Not a Big Deal
March 09, 2018
Post by Jonathan L. Kennedy

Post By Jonathan L. Kennedy Nanotechnology has been taking innovation by storm for decades now and its only increasing its footprint. This is reflected in the growing number of granted patents and published applications directed to nanotechnology inventions. For example, according to StatNano (an organization that monitors and publishing information regarding nanotechnology global developments), more than 20,000 g....... Read More

In Memoriam--Michael Voorhees
March 02, 2018
Post by Heidi S. Nebel

Post By Heidi S. Nebel IN MEMORIAM   Michael G. Voorhees 1941-2018   We are deeply saddened by the loss of an exceptional friend, partner, advocate, and leader.   Mike was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 17, 1941 and received degrees from Iowa State University and Drake Law School. He practiced law in St. Louis, before joining the firm in 1970. He spent the rest of his career with the firm until h....... Read More

Uber Learns Trade Secret Law the Hard Way in Settlement with Waymo over Self-Driving Car Technology
February 23, 2018
Post by Patricia A. Sweeney - Of Counsel

In the middle of trial with Google’s self-driving car company, Waymo, Uber settled the trade secret litigation brought by Google. Uber will turn over 0.34% of its equity, which has been estimated at $245 million dollars in value. The dispute resulted when Uber hired a former employee of Waymo, not knowing that the engineer had downloaded 14,000 copies of company documents before leaving. Uber did not requi....... Read More

Patent Covering Methods of Advanced Genomic Selection from Guinea Pigs to Corn Survives Opposition in EU
February 23, 2018
Post by Cassie J. Edgar

Post By Cassie J Edgar Effectively protecting improved genetics requires a multi-pillared strategy considering the biological organisms themselves, methods of use, methods of breeding, and any regulatory data protection. The EPO recently upheld a patent (EP 2813141, granted August 5, 2015) drawn to methods of breeding using genome-wide estimated breeding values (EBVs) to identify combinations of individuals....... Read More

Federal Judge Rules Embedded Tweet Violated Copyright
February 21, 2018
Post by Brandon W. Clark

Post By Brandon Clark In a surprising ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest, recently ruled that several news organizations and publishers violated a photographer’s copyright when they “embedded” a photo from Twitter on their websites without permission. Judge Forrest’s decision to grant the plaintiff’s motion for partial Summary Judgement is sure to be controversial and could prove to be ....... Read More

The Future of GMOs in the UK Post-Brexit
February 15, 2018
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut

Post By Sarah Dickhut Following the United Kingdom triggering its formal exit from the European Union, negotiations regarding the details of the exit and the following transition period have begun. As one could expect, this negotiation process has brought to light underlying tensions between the UK and the EU. These tensions recently reached a peak when earlier this month the EU's negotiator warned t....... Read More

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