First Draft from Congress on Section 101 Reform
May 23, 2019
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
 On Wednesday May 22, 2019, the Senate and House Subcommittees on Intellectual Property released for comment their initial draft of legislative reform for Section 101 of the patent statutes. The biggest focus of this proposed legislation is an abolishment of the Supreme Court’s judicially created exceptions to patent eligibility, namely, abstract ideas, laws of nature, and natural phenomena. The pro.......
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Expanded Trademark Rights for Some Hemp-Related Products and Services
May 15, 2019
Post by Christine Lebron-Dykeman
Following up on the May 10, 2019, MVS Filewrapper post “Big Changes Ahead for Plant Variety Protection (PVP)”, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has also recently issued some guidance on how the 2018 Farm Bill affect trademark applications for cannabis and CBD products. Per the guidelines issued May 2, 2019, the USPTO will now approve some cannabis/CBD applications, but with a .......
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The USPTO Changes Patent Eligibility Guidelines
May 14, 2019
Post by Patricia A. Sweeney - Of Counsel
The United States Patent Office has released updates to subject matter eligibility guidelines under 35 USC §101. Along with these updates, the Office has provided slides and a webinar reviewing the changes, using the same materials provided in training of patent examiners. There are two parts to the analysis, Step 1, and Step 2A and 2B and it is Step 2 that has been changed. Step 1 remains the same, asking w.......
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Big Changes Ahead for Plant Variety Protection (PVP)
May 10, 2019
Post by Heidi S. Nebel
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been hard at work developing regulations to implement the 2018 Farm Bill. The Bill introduces unprecedented changes to the United States PVP system with respect to asexually reproduced plants and hemp. Proposed regulations to implement changes for asexually reproduced plants will soon be published for comment. Those of us with an economic interest th.......
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IP License Audits – Iowa LES Chapter Tackles the Issues
May 09, 2019
Post by Jill N. Link, Pharm.D.
Jill N. Link The Licensing Executive Society (LES) Iowa Chapter met on Monday April 29th in Coralville, Iowa, and took a deep dive into issues with auditing Intellectual Property (IP) license agreements. Other issues of IP valuation were also discussed by two accounting experts from Sikich. The discussions brought to the forefront issues commonly associated with IP license agreements – namely, what ha.......
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First Cannabis-Related Patent Makes its Way through the Federal Courts: What it Teaches, and What it Does Not
May 02, 2019
Post by Tina G. Yin Sowatzke, Pharm.D.
Tina G Yin-Sowatzke In the past 25 years, there has been substantial growth surrounding the developments within the cannabis industry, particularly involving intellectual property protections. With legalization of cannabis gaining traction across the United States, any court guidance can provide a foundation for those seeking patent protection. Opportunely, on April 17, 2019, The District Court for the Di.......
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How to Prevent Theft of Your Corporate Intellectual Property in the Era of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
April 30, 2019
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut
Intellectual property (IP) theft of corporate intellectual property can have significant ramifications for businesses and other entities. Corporate IP includes a variety of assets, such as patented technologies, trade secrets, copyrighted information and marketing materials, marketing and pricing plans, customer and partner data, and business reputation. IP assets play a valuable role in a business’s cap.......
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Markman for §101 Eligibility
April 18, 2019
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
Patent attorneys know the importance of Markman as applied to interpret patent claims. Claim interpretation is critical to infringement and validity analysis, and often is decisive in patent litigation. It is axiomatic that claim terms be construed using the common, ordinary meaning of the words, as understood by a person having ordinary skill in the art, at the time of the invention, and in view of the .......
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Linn-Mar Student Wins 2019 MVS Agriculture Award at Invent Iowa Competition
April 17, 2019
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson
On April 15, 2019, I had the pleasure of attending the Invent Iowa 2019 Competition. Invent Iowa is hosted annually by the Belin-Blank Center of the University of Iowa’s College of Education. Invent Iowa is a competition which allows students K-8 to pitch a three-minute presentation about their inventions to volunteer judges and other students, followed by a two-minute question and answer session. T.......
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Judicial and Executive Branches split over Subject Matter, New Legislation may be Coming
April 10, 2019
Post by Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.
Earlier this month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) heard another appeal in the Cleveland Clinic v. True Health cases. In their appeal, one of Cleveland Clinic’s arguments that their claims were valid was because Skidmore deference should apply to the Examiner’s decision to allow the application to issue in light of the Julitis example (Example 29) of the subject matter guidelines.......
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