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Federal Circuit Judge Calls for a Fix to the “Abstract Idea” Mess: Part 2
July 25, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
Last week, I began a blog series on the "Abstract Idea" and hope you will continue to follow this critical topic. The previous post from last week can be found here.  The concerns regarding the current state of the law regarding patent eligibility raised by Judge Plager in his recent dissent in the decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Interval Licensing (see previous blo.......
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What is an Abstract Idea?
July 24, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
In January of 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its latest revision of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). With regard to patent eligibility, especially on the issue of abstract ideas, the MPEP was extensively updated. The January revision lays out a similar process as was previously used to determine whether a proposed invention is patent eligible. The claime.......
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Federal Circuit Judge Calls for a Fix to the “Abstract Idea” Mess: Part 1
July 24, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
I will be posting for the next several weeks in a series regarding the infamous "Abstract Idea" Mess. Stay tuned for next week's series follow-up! In a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) dated July 20, 2018, and including AOL, Apple, Google and Yahoo as defendants, Judge Plager issued a 17-page dissent calling the current state of the law on patent eligibility.......
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Federal Circuit Offers Guidance on the Legal Standard for CBM Patents
July 18, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
On July 11, 2018, in Apple Inc. v. ContentGuard Holdings, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) clarified what the proper legal standard is for determining whether a patent qualifies as a covered business method (CBM) patent. The CAFC vacated and remanded a decision made by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in which it held that a patent relating to a digital righ.......
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10 MONTH CONVERSION DEADLINE?? New Bayh Dole Regulations a Trap for the Unwary
July 18, 2018
Post by Heidi S. Nebel
Under the Bayh-Dole Act, businesses and nonprofit organizations that receive federal government funding, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), or Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, may retain ownership of inventions and patent applications that have been made with such funding. The requirements to retain ownership include: .......
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AIAA Presents 2017 Daniel Guggenheim Medal to Inventor Paul M. Bevilaqua
July 18, 2018
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) chose to honor Paul M. Bevilaqua by presenting him with the 2017 Daniel Guggenheim Medal. The Daniel Guggenheim Medal was established in 1929 for the purpose of honoring persons who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics. The Medal is jointly sponsored by the AIAA, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society o.......
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The "Sweet and Musky" Smell of Play-Doh: Hasbro Awarded Non-Traditional Trademark
July 13, 2018
Post by Nicholas J. Krob
When you think of trademarks, what comes to mind? Is it golden arches atop a fast food restaurant? Perhaps the image of a partially-eaten apple emblazoned on the back of a phone or computer? Or maybe it’s the scent of sweet, slightly musky, vanilla fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, combined with the smell of a salted, wheat-based dough? If one of those seems unlike the others to you, you’re not.......
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Federal Circuit Addresses Patentability in Terms of Non-Statutory Subject Matter
July 13, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
On June 20, 2018, in In re Wang, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held that patent application claims describing a phonetic symbol system were not patentable because it was directed to non-statutory subject matter. Patentable subject matter is laid out in 35 U.S.C. § 101, which states that patentable inventions must be a “process, machine, manufacture, or composition of m.......
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CRISPR Technologies: Overcoming Patentability Challenges in an Increasingly Difficult Patent Landscape
July 05, 2018
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut
The term “CRISPR,” which is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, generally refers to RNA-guided genome editing technology used to engineer the genetic material of organisms with high accuracy and precision. It has wide applications in a variety of fields including genetics, biology, agriculture, medicine, and digital data storage, to name a few. More specifically, CRI.......
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Patent Owners can Recover for Lost Foreign Profits
July 03, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
On June 22, 2018, in WesternGeco, LLC v. ION Geophysical Corporation, the Supreme Court held that patent owners can recover for lost foreign profits based on 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(2). The statute states that “[W]however without authority supplies or causes to be supplied in or from the United States any component of a patented invention ... intending that such component will be combined outside of the Unite.......
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