The Plant Naming Conundrum … Protecting Your Plant Varieties in the Short and Long Term
February 15, 2018
Post by Christine Lebron-Dykeman

Post By Christine Lebron-Dykeman Development of a new plant cultivar or varietal often requires substantial research and development. These costs can be recovered, however, if a breeder is able to successfully market, sell and/or license the resulting product, while maintaining exclusive ownership rights therein.  There are, of course, a variety of intellectual property protection schemes available to....... Read More

Time to Consider Patent Protection in China
February 13, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung

Post By Kirk M. Hartung In the past decade, the Chinese government has made substantial policy changes regarding protection for intellectual property, both for obtaining rights and enforcing rights. These policies are generally favorable to patent owners and are intended to incentivize innovation. In December, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published statistics for worldwide patent application....... Read More

Space Systems Loral to Proceed with Trade Secret Theft Lawsuit Against Orbital ATK
February 11, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson

Post By Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson Daniel Wilson of reports on Friday, February 2nd, U.S. District Judge Raymound A. Jackson “trimmed two claims from space technology company SSL’s suit accusing rival Orbital ATK of stealing its trade secrets through a shared NASA server, but refused to toss the suit, saying SSL had adequately pled the majority of its allegations.” SSL was able to survive getting ....... Read More

AIAA Honors Inventor Dr. Jay Gundlach
February 03, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson

Post By Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson On January 16, 2018, Lawrence Garrett reported The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) chose to honor Senior Member Dr. Jay Gundlach in the AIAA Momentum Member Spotlight for January 2018. With respect to Dr. Gundlach’s intellectual property endeavors, Lawrence notes: For the past two decades, Dr. Jay Gundlach has been a pioneering force beh....... Read More

Protecting Your Company's Innovations
February 02, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung

Post By Kirk M. Hartung In 2017, over 600,000 patent applications were filed with the U.S. Patent Office, the most in its history. Clearly, a business plan for intellectual property may provide substantial value to your company, or you may be leaving substantial value on the table. Failure to plan is, in essence, a plan to fail. A thorough plan, properly executed, can provide protection for innovations, pa....... Read More

PTAB Opinion Provides Reminder that Indefiniteness Rejections Must Establish a Prima Facie Case
January 26, 2018
Post by Jonathan L. Kennedy

Post By Jonathan L. Kennedy In a recent USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) opinion, the PTAB reversed an Examiner's indefiniteness rejection as the it failed to establish a prima facie case of indefiniteness. InEx Parte Kimura, Appeal No. 17-1293 (PTAB Jan. 25, 2018), the claims were rejected for reciting, "normal pumping operation." The rejection stated the term was indefinite because "[t]he claim....... Read More

The Broad Institute has a Patent Revoked by the EPO on Technical Grounds
January 24, 2018
Post by Blog Staff

Post By Blog Staff The CRISPR/Cas9 landscape continues to evolve around the world. On January 17, 2019, the EPO’s Opposition Division revoked Broad’s patent EP2771468 on the grounds it lacked novelty. The revocation will not be take effect until after any appeal is heard. EP2771468 claimed priority to a US provisional application, which would have allowed the patent to predate several references cited against its ....... Read More

U.S.P.T.O. Remains Open
January 22, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung

Despite the shutdown of a significant portion of the federal government, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will remain open, at least for the short term.This government agency is self-funded through user fees, and therefore will continue business as usual for the next two weeks. If the government shutdown continues into February, the PTO status may change. Below is an email from January 19, 20....... Read More

Global Intellectual Property Indicator in 2017 Published by WIPO
January 19, 2018
Post by Xiaohong Liu, Ph.D.

Post By Xiaohong Liu World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published its annual report, Global Intellectual Property Indicator 2017, on January 8, 2018. The report is 226 pages long and contains mostly statistics and colorful graphs. Although it is not a "must read" for everyone, it is definitely an informative resource for anyone who is in the business of creating or protecting intellectual prop....... Read More

The Mandatory Deposit Requirement of The Library of Congress: A Little Known and Little-Complied-With Law
January 15, 2018
Post by Mark D. Hansing

What is it? The United States Library of Congress says it has the largest collection of published works in the world. Housed in three buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, with warehouses elsewhere, estimates are on the order of 32 million catalogued books and other printed materials in 470 languages, and that many more in such things as manuscripts, newspapers, microfilm reels, maps, mus....... Read More

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