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Patent Pooling and its Contribution to Collaborative IP Attempts at Targeting Patent Access

By Blog Staff

Growing concerns surrounding effective treatment options for combating Covid-19 has sparked global discussion involving the issue of access to innovations directed toward eradicating the novel virus. Recently, the Costa Rican government requested that the World Health Organization (WHO) create a voluntary patent pool to collect patent rights, regulatory test data, and other information to be […]

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McKee, Voorhees & Sease Providing Assistance During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Blog Staff

As all of us in Iowa are dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak, MVS is joining in to help those affected by this crisis and show our appreciation to our healthcare workers while supporting our local businesses. Several of our attorneys are volunteering to staff the hotline created by Iowa Legal Aid, The Iowa State Bar […]

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Amarin’s Eicosapentaenoic Acid Patents All Found Invalid – Lessons on Obviousness

By Sarah M.D. Luth

Earlier this week the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada issued a decision in the case of Amarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., regarding the validity of six patents owned by Amarin Pharmaceuticals for the drug Vascepa. Amarin filed suit to prevent Hikma and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) from launching generic […]

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Patents Concerning Coronavirus Treatments

By Gregory Lars Gunnerson

28 U.S.C 1498 allows the government to use or authorize others to use any invention “described in and covered by a patent of the United States.” If such authorization is granted, patent owners can sue the United States, but only for reasonable compensation. Patent owners are not able to seek injunctions against private entities working […]

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Heidi S. Nebel Elected to the AUTM Board of Directors – AUTM Chair and Newly Elected Board Members Take Office

By Blog Staff

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a global non-profit whose members support the commercialization of academic research through intellectual property protection, start-up formation and industry-academia collaborations, has elected Heidi S. Nebel, Managing Member of MVS, to its Board of Directors. Heidi is an Intellectual Property attorney with over 25 years of experience obtaining patents […]

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COVID-19 NLGRP closure and PVP concerns

By Heidi S. Nebel

The National Laboratory for Genetic Resources (NLGRP) has temporarily closed due to COVID-19.  They are not accepting seed or tuber germplasm at this time.  They have requested that all germplasm deposits be delayed until further notice. What do I do if I need to make a deposit for my PVP application? If you have filed […]

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Contract Killers: Coronavirus and “Act of God” Provisions

By Nicholas J. Krob

Businesses everywhere, like the individuals that comprise them, are facing an uncertain future in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). As each new day brings unprecedented governmental regulations and market disruptions, businesses are increasingly finding themselves unable to fulfill, or enforce, contractual obligations. And with such inability often comes, at least eventually, litigation. […]

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MVS Working Remotely

By Blog Staff

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, is closing its physical office to ensure the health and well-being of our employees. Employees are operating remotely, and it will be business as usual in providing our clients with the outstanding service and legal counsel they have come to expect from MVS. If you have any questions, please contact us […]

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MVS Preparedness and Response to COVID-19

By Heidi S. Nebel

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC (MVS) recognizes the increasing disruptions, anxiety, and suffering caused by COVID-19. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers of calm and strength go out to all who have been personally affected around the world. Our firm monitors information released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of State and […]

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Iconic Green Jacket Is A Golf Trophy and A Registered Trademark

By Kirk M. Hartung

The famous green sports coat given each year to the winner of the prestigious Masters golf tournament is now a registered trademark. On March 3, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued registration number 6000045 to Augusta National, Inc., which filed the registration application on  February 21, 2019.  The mark includes three gold buttons on […]

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