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Early Assignment of your Invention as a Method to Maintain Priority Rights in a European Patent Application

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been a desirable venue for seeking patent protection in Europe. For instance, a patent application granted by the EPO can provide patent protection in many European countries, such as the...more

Federal Circuit Reverses a District Court Contempt Finding Against Inventor of Energy IP

Yesterday, the Federal Circuit reversed an Eastern District of Virginia judgment finding inventor Leif Hauge in contempt for violating a 2001 settlement agreement with his ex-employer, Energy Recovery, Inc. The district court...more

Joint Inventorship in Patents Can Present Problems

Once an invention has been developed and a corresponding patent application is written, determining an inventorship list for the application might just seem like a formality to get the application filed. Particularly in cases...more

The White House Releases Update on "Protecting American Inventors and Innovators"

Earlier today, the White House provided an update on the five executive actions that it announced in June of 2013. At the time, we reported on the President's legislative recommendations and executive initiatives, as well as...more

NAI & IPO Release List of Top 100 Universities Receiving Patents in 2012

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 2012. The...more

Top Three Stories of 2013

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

Are TIME Magazine’s “25 Best Inventions Of The Year 2013” Patented And Does It Really Matter

Conventional wisdom tells us that great inventions and patent protection go hand in hand because that is one way that companies and inventors can recover and benefit from their investment in R&D, either by monetising their...more

In Defense of Patenting

Fritz Machlup, an economist, once said that if we didn't have a patent system it would be irresponsible to recommend one, but since we have one, it would be irresponsible to abolish it. An Economic Review of the Patent...more

Patent Reform: The Leahy Patent Transparency and Improvements Act

Now that the Goodlatte Innovation Act has passed the House, its provisions likely will be reconciled with the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act (S. 1720) that was introduced in the Senate by Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) on...more

New Proposed USPTO Rules for International Design Protection

U.S. design patents and their international counterparts (generally termed “industrial designs”) protect the ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture. Design protection has been the subject of increased attention...more

Brookings Paper Calls for Technology Transfer Model Based on University Start-ups

A paper released by the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution asserts that by relying on a technology transfer model based on patent licensing, only a few universities have been able to generate...more

Preparing for Your Company's Future - Defensive IP Due Diligence

In today’s technology-driven world, businesses of all sizes appreciate that intellectual property (“IP”) is often a key asset in driving value of a company. The task of identifying the value of those IP assets in a business...more

District Court Excludes Patent Quality Inventor Study that Ranked Inventor of Patents-in-Suit as "Top Rated Inventor" But Denies...

Personalized Media Communications, LLC "PMC") filed a patent infringement action against Zynga, Inc. ("Zynga"). Prior to trial, PMC sought to use an exhibit created by Ocean Tomo, entitled "Patent Quality Inventor Study." The...more

Earn-Out Arrangements – Interview with David Lagasse, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney David Lagasse, Member of Mintz Levin's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, talks about the use of an earn-out arrangement as a way to resolve disagreements between buyers and sellers regarding the value of a...more

Recent Developments In Information Technology Law – Third Quarter 2013

INTRODUCTION - Enactment of the America Invents Act was the biggest patent news of 2011, but its most comprehensive provisions were implemented September 16, 2012, and March 16, 2013. For example, one of its biggest...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

Patents: Is It Too Late To File??? Part 3

Continuing our discussion on patents and when and whether to file one… So, is it too late to file? As we have emphasized over the last few posts, it is crucial for inventors to keep the novelty of their...more

Patent Ownership in Germany: Employers v Employees

In this white paper: Introduction; 1. Inventorship; 2. Right to the Invention; 3. Co-Ownership; 4. Entitlement To The Invention; 4.1. Legal Fiction in Favour of the Applicant; 4.2. Legal Function of The Register; 5....more

Polsinelli Podcast - Emerging Technology & Startup Companies [Video]

It used to take years to get an idea to market. But these days, the next "big thing" can be launched from your tablet or phone. Today's entrepreneurs have a whole host of business and legal issues to be aware of including...more

How Do I Own My Inventions Under the SBIR/STTR Program?

The contractor may retain the entire right, title and interest throughout the world of each subject invention. With respect to any subject invention in which the contractor retains title, the Government shall have a...more

Q&A With Knobbe's Ron Schoenbaum

Ronald J. Schoenbaum is a partner in Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP's Orange County and Silicon Valley, Calif., offices. He focuses on patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio management, and infringement/validity...more

Patent Drafting Secrets – Techniques and Templates

Patent Drafting Secrets – Techniques and Templates, a book co-authored by Lewis and Roca patent attorney Samantha A. Updegraff, is now available on amazon.com. Patent Drafting Secrets - Techniques and Templates was designed...more

Patent Watch: Ateliers de la Haute-Garonne v. Broetje Automation USA Inc.

"There is no requirement in 35 USC 112 that an applicant point out which of his embodiments he considers his best mode; that the disclosure includes the best mode contemplated by the applicant is enough to satisfy the...more

Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"  [Video]

May 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Under current intellectual property law, a consumer who unlocks his or her own cellphone can be convicted as a felon. Law professor and Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds says such a scenario is...more

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