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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

IP Newsflash - October 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Reversed a District Court’s Grant of Summary Judgment for Lack of Standing in an Inventorship Dispute - On October 2, 2015, the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s...more

In re Steed (Fed. Cir. 2015) - Swearing Behind Reference Still Requires Proof of (Timely Filed) Evidence

Thomas Steed, Sourav Bhattacharya, and Sandeep Seshadrijois (collectively "Steed") filed a patent application entitled "Web-Integrated On-Line Financial Database System and Method for Debt Recovery," on April 6, 2004, with...more

An Inventor Walks Into a Bar: Risks of Filing a “Bar Napkin” Provisional Patent Application

Inventors come up with ideas at the strangest moments. For example, an inventor in 1937 wrote down concepts for what is considered one of the first modern computers on the back of a cocktail napkin. After a bourbon, he came...more

Crowdfunding: A Potential Cash Source for Business That Could Make a Well-Intentioned Company's Financial State Worse

“Crowdfunding”: In broad terms, it’s a decade-old means to an end for those with bright ideas and dim financials who hope to bring an inspired cause to market. As established as the practice is, with the more recent explosion...more

Blog: What You Should Know About the UK Patent Process

Patents provide inventors exclusive rights in their discoveries. Entrepreneurs in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, medical device and many other fields look favourably upon the benefits of patents, including...more

Non-Analogous Art Is Not Prior Art for Purposes of Obviousness - Circuit Check Inc. v. QXQ Inc.

Addressing the issue of obviousness, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and restored the jury’s verdict finding the patents-at-issue not invalid, because the prior art in dispute was...more

USPTO Issues Newly Updated Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility that Further Clarifies Examination Standards under 35 U.S.C....

Over the past few years, the Supreme Court’s decisions in Alice (Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S.Ct. 2347 (2014)) and Mayo (Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs., Inc., 132 S. Ct. 1289 (2012)), and other cases...more

An IP Lawyer Answers the Common Question: "Should I patent this?"

We are often asked “should I get a patent on this?” While there is no simple answer, it helps to understand the patent process, compare it to other ways for protecting inventions, and then weigh the relevant pros and cons. ...more

Individual Inventor Alleges Eli Lilly and BDA Overdosed on Patented Dosage Adherence Tool

In the latest chapter of a year-long battle between an individual inventor and two companies, Lisa Duer (“Duer”), a resident of Woodstock, Georgia, filed her Third Amended Complaint alleging patent infringement, trademark...more

Two Hundred and Twenty Fifth Anniversary of U.S. Patent X000001

U.S. Patent X000001 was granted on July 31, 1790 to Samuel Hopkins. The original document went missing for many years, only resurfacing in 1956. The inventor named is Samuel Hopkins, but which Samuel Hopkins was much in...more

Drew Hirshfeld Appointed as New Commissioner of Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced earlier today that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Drew Hirshfeld to be the new Commissioner for Patents...more

Can You File an RCE in That U.S. National Stage Application?

Since the implementation of the America Invents Act on September 16, 2012, and the Technical Corrections Act on January 14, 2013, Applicants have been able to delay submission of an executed inventors’ oath/declaration in a...more

IP Newsflash - July 2015 #3

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Expert Witness’ Flawed Infringement Opinion Supports an Award of Attorneys’ Fees - Defendants Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. sought an award of attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 against...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

The Medicines Company v. Hospira - Preparation of validation batches by a contract manufacturer for FDA submission creates an...

On July 2, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a patent owner’s use of a contract manufacturer (CMO) to prepare validation batches of a drug formulation for submission to FDA created an invalidating...more

NAI & IPO Release List of Top 100 Universities Receiving Patents in 2014

Last month, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) published a list of the top 100 worldwide universities that received the most U.S. utility patents in 2014. The NAI...more

Federal Circuit Defers To District Court’s Factual Finding That “Voltage Source Means” Connotes Sufficient Structure To Avoid...

Today, the Federal Circuit issued a ruling in Lighting Ballast v. Philips on remand from the Supreme Court after the Teva decision changed the standard of review of a district court’s claim construction. One of the more...more

USPTO Pilots Expedited Patent Appeal Program But at What Price?

In a June 15, 2015 Federal Register Notice, the USPTO announced the Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot program, which will run until 2,000 ex parte patent appeals are expedited under the program, or until June 20, 2016, whichever...more

Employee Ownership of Patentable Inventions

A startup in the oil-and-gas service sector sought to improve downhole well stimulation technology. After a few years, differences between the three founders culminated in the ouster of Mr. Groves, one of the founders. Mr....more

Newton’s Third Law: The Alabama Legislature Supersedes Weeks v. Wyeth and Disallows Innovator Liability in Product Liability Cases

Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states, loosely, that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. A force exerted by one body upon another causes an equal reaction by the second body. Want an...more

VC’s running scared – Hooli is suing Pied Piper (Episodes 9 and 10)

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” has quickly become a must watch for all budding entrepreneurs, but the second season has opened up with a multitude of risks and roadblocks that could be faced by real world entrepreneurs. Here, we...more

Protecting IP Through Employment Law [Video]

Oftentimes, a patent case will not be decided by patent law, but by employment law. If an invention was developed by an employee or a third-party contractor without the proper agreements in place, the company may find itself...more

Why the Grace Period Restoration Act Is a Bad Idea

Representatives Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Conyers (D-MI) have introduced the “Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015? (H.R. 1791) to “correct the drafting problem in the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act relating to the grace...more

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