Artificial Intelligence and WIPO

By Kirk M. Hartung

On May 21, the World Intellectual Property Organization, a global forum for IP services, policy, information and cooperation, issued a revised paper on intellectual property policy and artificial intelligence (AI).  Acknowledging that AI is a general purpose technology that has widespread applications, WIPO held an initial “conversation” with interested parties in September, 2019.  WIPO then […]

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Potential Rule Changes Affecting Post-Grant Proceedings at the USPTO

By Tina G. Yin Sowatzke, Pharm.D.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing changes to a number of rules applied to post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board). The proposed rules, which were published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2020, would affect inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), and the transitional program for covered […]

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Strong Patents Encourge Research into Emergent Diseases

By Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.

Scientists have been asked many questions over the past few months, such as why the current pandemic was not prevented or what would be needed to prevent future outbreaks of emergent diseases. The short answer is vastly more research needs to be done. Emergent diseases are, by definition, diseases which have not appeared before within […]

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Celebrating World Food Safety Day – June 7, 2020

As we celebrate World Food Safety Day, we applaud all our clients in providing food that maintains the highest safety standards. Safe eating is a goal for everyone, rich or poor, old or young. Since we need to be able to trust the food we eat is safe for all of us, World Food Safety […]

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EPO does not follow the US and JEM on Patentability of Plants

By Heidi S. Nebel

The Enlarged Board of Appeal has recently handed down its highly anticipated decision regarding the patentability of plants and plant varieties, in which the product is exclusively obtained by an essentially biological process (plant breeding). The Board held that plants and animals that are the result of traditional breeding or any other essentially biological process […]

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Celebrating National Inventors Month – Memorial Day Edition

By Blog Staff

In celebration of Memorial Day, we conclude our recognition of National Inventors Month with a look at visionary veterans whose inventions have made an impact on our life: We applaud these unique individuals for their service to our country and the impact they have left on our world. Here are some more stories that […]

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USDA’s new Part 340 and impact on gene edited plants

By Cassie J. Edgar

The USDA published a new version of agricultural biotechnology regulations (7 CFR Part 340, aka “Part 340”) which is the culmination of several years of revision and public review. In this revised rule, which will begin implementation 90 days from May 18th, developers now have more definitive guidelines on where plants will be exempt from […]

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Celebrating National Inventors Month Part 2

By Blog Staff

As we continue our celebration of National Inventors Month, we thought we would take you where they recognize those people who have made an impact on society through their inventive and innovative genius.The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) recognizes the inventors and their inventions and promotes creativity and advances the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. […]

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Get Lucky: U.S. Supreme Court Sides With Lucky Brand in Overturning “Defense Preclusion” Ruling

By Nicholas J. Krob

The U.S. Supreme Court this week overturned a Second Circuit ruling prohibiting jean maker Lucky Brand from invoking a defense against competitor Marcel Fashions Group based on Lucky Brand’s failure to assert the same defense in prior litigation. The ruling followed nearly two decades of litigation between the parties. In 2003, Lucky Brand entered into […]

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“Now is the Time to Explore Big New Ideas:” Iowa Business Leaders Encourage Innovation, Resilience, in a Time of Uncertainty

By Sarah M.D. Luth

The COVID-19 pandemic created and continues to create unprecedented levels of economic disruption in local and international communities. With so much uncertainty, business owners and entrepreneurs may feel the safest course of action is to minimize operations and delay expansion plans. In fact, they should do precisely the opposite, says Debi Durham, Director of the […]

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