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The Iron Law of Unintended Consequences - (with apologies to Robert Michels)

It is a certainty that no matter what action is taken (by an individual, a group, or especially a legislative body) that there will be unintended consequences. It is also true that those unintended consequences, like the…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Tips for Developing a Cost-Effective Foreign Patent Strategy

According to a recent survey of over 100 companies and universities, nearly 93% who filed patent families in 2013 filed at least some of those patent families internationally. While obtaining patent protection abroad is…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Post-Alice District Court Decisions Regarding the Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

It has been about 9 months since Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International was decided by the Supreme Court. In that time, many district court and Federal Circuit cases have resulted in grants of summary judgment or dismissal based…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Venture Funding Reaches Highest Level in More Than a Decade

Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2014. The report, which is…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

23andMe Receives FDA Approval for Genetic Diagnostic Test

Last Thursday the genetic diagnostic and DNA analysis company 23andMe announced that the FDA had granted the company approval to market a genetic diagnostic test for Bloom's Syndrome, the first such approval for this rare…more
| Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Court Report - February 2015 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. et al. v. Pfizer, Inc. 2:15-cv-01283; filed February 18, 2015 in the District Court…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

USPTO Holds Forum on Interim Guidance -- Part III

In a forum held last month on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Alexandria campus, Office representatives discussed the Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, which was released in December, and received…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

USPTO Holds Forum on Interim Guidance -- Part II

In a forum held last month on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Alexandria campus, Office representatives discussed the Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, which was released in December, and received…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Genetic Basis for Beak Diversity in Darwin's Finches

One of the most iconic observations in biology is Charles Darwin's study of the finches of the Galapagos Islands, and his realization that they had all arisen from the same ancestral bird population. While pigeon breeding (as…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology

Game Over for Myriad -- Update: (Or, and then there was one were none)

As discussed for the past month, Myriad has finally given up trying to defend its BRCA gene testing franchise. The one remaining matter, Myriad's case against GeneDx has settled, as announced by the company today…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Court Report - February 2015 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis AG et al. v. Ezra Ventures LLC. 1:15-cv-00150; filed February 11, 2015 in the District Court of Delaware. •…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Morocco Decides to Recognize EP Applications and Patents

The President of the EPO and the Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy of Morocco announced on January 19th that Morocco would permit EP applications and granted EP patents to be validated in that…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Game Over for Myriad - (Or, and then there was one)

As discussed at the end of January, Myriad has given up its Quixotic quest to validate its BRCA gene testing franchise and has abandoned its several lawsuits (many of which were consolidated before the District of Utah under 28…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Rep. Goodlatte Introduces His Patent Reform Bill (Again) -- Part II

As discussed in a prior post, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R, VA-6th) and a bipartisan collection of sponsors* introduced a bill, once again entitled the "Innovation Act" (H.R. 3309 in the last Congress; H.R. 9 in this one) directed at…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Court Report - February 2015 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Roxane Laboratories Inc. 1:15-cv-00128; filed February 5, 2015 in the District…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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