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Can a Computer Be an Inventor?

On March 15, DeepMind’s AlphaGo, a computer powered by a self-learning artificial intelligence computer program, defeated Go grandmaster Lee Sedol. As the AI community celebrates this major milestone in making machines smart,...more

European M+A News, Summer 2015

IP Pitfalls in Tech M&A Transactions - Technology and IP-driven deals accounted for over 30 percent of M&A deal volume in Europe in 2014. This trend is bound to continue, with many deals involving strategic or financial...more

Simultaneous Invention as Secondary Evidence of Obviousness

I do not usually write about non-precedential Federal Circuit decisions, but I could not let the discussion of “simultaneous invention” in Columbia University v. Illumina, Inc., go without comment. As if protecting patents...more

Don't Get Burned by Unsolicited Ideas

The Company Perspective - Many companies are unsure what to do when receiving unsolicited suggestions from outside the Company. A sound intellectual property program will include a policy regarding the receipt of...more

Assignment Consideration Can Be Representation, Support and Opportunity - Memorylink Corp. v. Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Addressing whether a patent was properly assigned and whether claims of inventorship fraud were properly barred by the statute of limitations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s summary...more

Blog: The ABCs of PIIAAs: Protecting Employee-Generated IP

Companies seeking to avoid employment disputes and to secure intellectual property rights to their employees’ inventions should make sure that all employees have signed confidentiality and inventions assignment agreements. ...more

Objective Baselessness and Subjective Bad Faith for Exceptional Case Determination Are Still Applicable Even After Octane Fitness

Bianco v. Globus Medical, Inc. - Interpreting recent Supreme Court of the United States precedent that arguably relaxed the legal test for determining whether a case is “exceptional” to warrant an award of attorneys’...more

Encouraging Developments For Computer Implemented Inventions In Australia

On 30 August 2013, the Federal Court of Australia delivered a judgment on the patentability of computer implemented inventions: RPL Central Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Patents. In summary, Justice Middleton found claims...more

Is There Supreme Court Exclusive Jurisdiction Over Patent Inventorship Disputes Between State Universities? Federal Circuit Says...

In University Of Utah V. Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the Federal Circuit was faced with deciding whether a patent inventorship dispute between two different state universities is a “dispute between two states” that falls under...more

FiberCore Case Illustrates Ownership and Transferability of “Shop Rights” to Patented Inventions

An employer may have rights in a patent on its employee’s invention in three situations...more

Don't Just Patent Everything, You Need To Have A Strategy

You can't patent it all. Inventors often want to patent every potentially novel detail of their technologies and patent attorneys are sometimes willing to help them do it. However, this type of unfocused, shotgun approach...more

Supreme Court Decision: Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

In its decision announced yesterday in Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., 563 U.S. ___ (2011), the Supreme Court clarified the ownership of inventions resulting from...more

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