Paul D. Swanson

Paul D. Swanson

Lane Powell PC

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Core Issues - New Patents in the World of Apples

When one speaks of an “apple” and patentable technology in the same breath, thoughts naturally turn toward Silicon Valley and Steve Jobs’ storied company. Yet, in Wenatchee, Washington (the “Apple Capital of the World”), and...more

3/28/2014 - Apple Patents Technology

Strawberry Patent Rights, Forever

Ripe strawberries define lusciousness. Fragile, with fleeting taste, these heart-shaped berries inspired Shakespeare’s pen: “The strawberry grows underneath the nettle; and wholesome berries thrive and ripen best;...more

3/6/2014 - Patent Applications Patents USPTO

Playing Fast and Loose With Corroborating Evidence: Patent Advocacy Inequitable Conduct

Patent litigation often involves the assertion of prior art anticipation and obviousness defenses. U.S. patents are presumed valid, so a defendant seeking to overcome this presumption must persuade the fact-finder of a...more

2/13/2014 - Evidence Obviousness Patent Litigation Patents Prior Art

Will the Recent Scientific Attack on Vitamin Use Spawn a New Wave of False Advertising Litigation?

For centuries, we’ve ingested magic elixirs in pill and syrupy forms to cure whatever ails us and to ward off future illness. Hard scientific evidence of efficacy may have been lacking for these nostrums, but lingering...more

1/13/2014 - DSHEA False Advertising FDA FDCA NLEA Nutritional Supplements

In re Beineke: Cultivating the Legal Boundary Between the Exploring and Patenting of Plant Life

Plant breeders and plant explorers once captivated the imagination as our true American heroes in the late 19th and early 20th century. Luther Burbank, our country’s most famous plant breeder, became known as the...more

9/26/2013 - Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

“Faux” Foods and False Advertising Claims: A New Recipe for Whipping Up Lawsuits

With an era of 3D printable food dawning, the Star Trek “food replicator” is beginning to look more like modern reality instead of the stuff of science fiction. Every day and in every way, food scientists and flavor...more

8/28/2013 - Animal Cruelty Competition False Advertising Food Manufacturers Lanham Act Standing Veganism

Why Does Food Mislabeling Outrage Consumers?

“There’s a Chinese restaurant on every block, and if you think mouths won’t water when you come strolling by, then you don’t know squat about Oriental cuisine. They prize the taste of dog, friend. The chefs round up strays...more

3/15/2013 - Food Allergies Food Contamination Food Labeling Horse Meat Seafood

The Patent Legal Malpractice Implications of “Walker Process” Antitrust Claims

As experienced trial lawyers know, successfully trying or defending a case is all about presenting a compelling, understandable theme and narrative that comports with a judge and jury’s common sense and experience....more

3/5/2013 - Attorney Malpractice Fraud Jury Verdicts Litigation Strategies Patents Sherman Act Walker Process Claims

Antitrust Monopolization Considerations in Licensing Cutting-Edge Food Technology Patents

The term pioneer patent is often misapplied with hyperbole and exaggeration. When it comes to the shrimp peeling machine invented by Fernand and James Lapeyre, however, that blockbuster label is spot-on. Their automated...more

12/6/2012 - FTC Licenses Monopolization Patents Technology USPTO

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