Protecting Concepts: The Best in Their Businesses Do Battle
April 05, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
Basketball superstar Lebron James has challenged perennial college football power Alabama over a sports talk show staged in a barbershop. During last year’s NBA finals, James’ multi-media business, Uninterrupted, premiered its show “The Shop” on ESPN featuring James and other professional players discussing basketball in a barbershop. Alabama recently promoted its show “Shop Talk,” which also is set in a.......
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Japan Invests in Astronautical Start-ups
March 28, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson
Michael Sheetz of CNBC reports “Japan is offering $940 million to fund space start-ups in a new push to grow the industry, the government announced Tuesday at an event in Tokyo” and that “funds will be made available through investments and loans over the next five years, as part of a government-led initiative to double Japan's more than $11 billion space industry. With less than 20 Japanese space st.......
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Amazon Develops Drones that React to Human Gestures
March 28, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson
The technology of U.S. Patent No. 9,921,579, which issued on March 20, 2018, may help Amazon grapple with how flying robots might interact with human bystanders and customers waiting on their doorsteps. Apple engineer Frederik Schaffalitzky (formerly an engineer for Amazon) is the sole inventor responsible for these recent technological innovations. While, the parent patent application to the above-i.......
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SCOTUS to Examine Extraterritorial Infringement Liability and Damages
March 27, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
As a follow up to the MVS Briefs Article, “Extraterritorial Infringement Liability,” authored by Heidi S. Nebel, this blog post examines the briefing in the Western Geco LLC v. ION Geophsycial Corp. case set for oral argument before the United States Supreme Court on April 16, 2018. The question presented to the Court is “[w]hether the court of appeals erred in holding that lost profits arising from prohib.......
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Patentability and Patent Protection: Is the Pendulum Starting to Swing Back?
March 23, 2018
Post by Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.
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 economies in recent years. T.......
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Patent Proposals in Congress
March 21, 2018
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 has been very difficul.......
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Inventor of Long-Range Air Communications with Conformal Antennas Inducted into Hall of Fame
March 19, 2018
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 the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 4.......
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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.
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-08.2017], meaning that th.......
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Just Because It’s Nanoscale, Doesn’t Mean It’s Not a Big Deal
March 09, 2018
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 granted patents and patent .......
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In Memoriam--Michael Voorhees
March 02, 2018
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 his retirement in Dece.......
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