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4 Tips to Protect Textile Innovations

Is innovation a key component of your business plan? Will you distinguish yourself with unique product offerings? Whether protecting our men and women in uniform, advancing the treatment of medical conditions, or adding to a...more

Recovery of Damages Under Innovation Patents in Australia

by Jones Day on

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has redrawn the boundary lines for the recovery of damages for infringement of innovation patents. In Coretell Pty Ltd v Australian Mud Co Pty Ltd [2017] FCAFC 54 ("Coretell"),...more

First Delivery Drones; Now Floating Warehouses

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Amazon continues its claims to further innovation in the on-demand delivery space. Its latest patent attempts to give a “lift” to that quest. The USPTO very recently awarded Amazon a patent for giant warehouse blimps that...more

USPTO Adds New Features to PatentsView Tool

In January, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the addition of several new features to its patent data visualization and analysis tool, PatentsView, which allows the public to interactively engage, through a...more

The Purpose Behind Patent Law and What It Means For You

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Have you ever wondered why there is a patent system in the United States? Believe it or not, the framers of the U.S. Constitution gave Congress the power to create a patent system right in the Constitution itself—Article 1,...more

Court Rejects Theory Of Derivation Based On FDA Requirement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Federal Circuit decision in Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Mylan Institutional LLC may be more interesting for what Mylan argued than for what the Federal Circuit decided. However, it could be an important decision...more

Diversity In Intellectual Property

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Ladas & Parry LLP would like to take this time during Black History Month and the upcoming Women’s History Month to take a look at some pioneers, both past and present, in the field of intellectual property law. We value and...more

A Report on The World’s Most Innovative Universities Affirms Strengths of Massachusetts Universities and Others Around the World

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

As the recent U.S. Commerce Department survey affirmed (and discussed in our blog previously), intellectual property (IP) is a significant driver for our economy. Since universities are both key sources of IP and training...more

Patent Rights in the U.S.: Is the Pendulum Finally Swinging Back to Center?

The U.S. patent system has long struggled to strike a balance that both encourages patent rights and prevents patent abuse. Finding that balance requires giving patent owners the right amount of patent enforcement power,...more

12-year-old Awarded Patent for Human-Powered Generator

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

What started as a science fair project for then 12-year-old George Panousis of Penn Hills has led to a patent two years later. With the help of his father and Lisa Geary of Cohen & Grigsby’s intellectual property group,...more

Will the USPTO’s “Patents 4 Patients” Program Even Make It Off the "Cancer Moonshot" Launch Pad?

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The White House recently announced the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, an effort to “focus on making the most of Federal investments, targeted incentives, private sector efforts from industry and philanthropy, patient engagement...more

Carry on as Before: Supreme Court Refuses Sequenom’s Petition

To the surprise of many, including myself, the Supreme Court denied Sequenom’s petition for writ of certiorari (“Petition”). Sequenom asked the Court whether the inventive concept required under the Mayo/Myriad framework can...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2016 Special 301 Report

On April 27th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), issued the 2016 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[i]ntellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and...more

Patentable subject matter: Inventive test for assessing substance of an invention

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

In Australia, one requisite for patentability is patent-eligible subject matter. This area has been in a state of flux lately, with one area of focus being computer implemented methods and business innovations....more

The Fantastical World of Justice Stephen Breyer

In a recent book entitled Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, author Adam Cohen examines the case of Buck v. Bell, where Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that "[t]hree...more

Building a Valuable Patent Family Using the Technique of Functional Deconstruction

There are several advantages to pursing protection for a key innovation in the form of a “family” of patents and pending patent applications. These include the possibility of obtaining protection in the form of claims...more

National Geographic Considers Technology and Its Threat to Humanity

Progress, and faith in progress to improve human lives, has been a cornerstone belief in American civilization (and, indeed, Western civilization generally, at least since St Augustine argued that Christ's death put an arrow...more

Pigs Fly, Hell Has Frozen Over, and the New York Times Supports Small Inventor and University Patenting

Admittedly, only on its Op-Ed page. But last Saturday Joe Nocera wrote a remarkably sane and reasoned column, entitled "The Patent Troll Smokescreen," pointing out that "big companies with large lobbying budgets" are using...more

What May Be the IP Provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

The diplomats negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have done the seemingly impossible: they have kept the details of the draft agreement secret from the press and interested parties in the United States,...more

101 Patient Organizations Ask Congress to Curb IPR Abuse

Last month, in a letter to the Senate and House Committees on the Judiciary, 101 patient organizations expressed "concern[] that, as currently written, H.R. 9 [the Innovation Act] falls short of preserving important patent...more

Australia High Court Rules Against Gene Patents

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Colleagues in Australia have been spreading the bad news: The High Court of Australia followed the lead (?) of the U.S. Supreme Court and determined that Myriad cannot patent the isolated BRCA1 gene in Australia. Thanks to...more

A Perfect Storm for Automotive Patent Disputes?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As the automotive industry rebounds from its recessionary levels to an all time record level of spending on vehicles and healthy profitability, one of the key drivers of the increased vehicles sales has been increased...more

PTO Releases Report on Confirmatory Genetic Diagnostic Testing

More than three years after the June 15, 2012 deadline for providing it, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued its report on so-called "second opinion" genetic diagnostic testing, mandated by Section 27 of the...more

New IP Legislation Under Consideration Regarding Tax Relief for Income Generated From IP Assets

by Lane Powell PC on

McGraw Hill Financial, Oracle and Facebook, announced they are forming a group called “American Innovation Matters” (AIM) to lobby Congress to revise the U.S. international tax code rules in an effort to encourage innovation...more

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