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"Cutting-Edge Analysis Can Help Companies Leverage Patent Opportunities, Avoid Risks"

There is no shortage of new developments involving patents these days — from legislative initiatives in Congress to a host of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions — and making sense of these changes and their impact on patent...more

Enforcement Challenges For Biotech Patents [Video]

Enforcing intellectual property rights can be a challenging affair, and this is particularly true in the biotech industry. Attorneys Seth Northrop and Matt McFarlane discuss the issues facing biotech patent holders today,...more

Practical Steps for Building a Strong Life Science Patent Portfolio Worth Billions of Dollars

In the last four years, several companies with antiviral drug programs, including Alios BioPharma, Idenix, Inhibitex, InterMune and Pharmasset, have been acquired by large pharmaceutical companies (‘‘big pharma’’). One of the...more

Falling prices at the pump put a premium on energy IP

Crude oil prices, which have declined over 60 percent in the past six months, are at recent record lows. The impact of the price decline is being felt throughout the energy sector. Commentators agree that with few exceptions,...more

Guest Post: $2.6 Billion Per Drug: Is Your Patent Portfolio Strong Enough to Protect Your Investment?

Late last year, the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) released a number that would cause jaws to drop all around the healthcare world.  The estimated cost for developing a new drug was an astounding $2.558...more

Is the Patent Litigation Boom Coming to an End?  [Video]

Feb. 3, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- David Marcus, reporter for The Deal, talks with Lee Pacchia about how a recent sale of a patent portfolio could signal a slowdown in patent litigation work. Lee wonders if this spells a problem...more

Patent Office Statistics Indicate Growth In Oil & Gas Patents

Patent disputes and licensing deals have frequently reached the headlines over the past few years. Many of these high profile stories have involved telecommunications, computers, and pharmaceutical patents. But statistics...more

Financing with IP Collateral

In a recent guest post on the Patently-O blog by Dennis Crouch, William Mann, an assistant professor of finance at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA, notes the explosion in USPTO filings that record a creditor’s...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

The All-Important Patent Portfolio - How patents can protect your business and help it grow

Whether a company has existed for a hundred years or is just starting out, patents can be a core strategic asset. Patents are a barrier to entry for competitors. For established companies, patents protect product lines from...more

"FTC Seeks Comment on Collection of Information Relating to Patent Assertion Entities"

On September 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that the four sitting Commissioners voted unanimously to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information to examine how patent assertion entities (PAEs)...more

The Danger of Double Patenting

In St. Jude Medical, Inc. v. Access Closure, Inc., the Federal Circuit found that one of St. Jude’s patents was invalid under the doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting. This case highlights the potential difficulty of...more

What Every Executive Should Know About Building a Patent Portfolio

Despite what you may have heard, patents continue to foster competition and innovation and are essential to success in technology driven markets. To operate successfully in these markets, in-house counsel, program managers,...more

Federal and State Governments Position Patent Trolls in their Crosshairs

The number of patents filed in recent years has increased with the proliferation of complex products containing thousands of components. So too has the incidence of lawsuits or threats of suit....more

Patent Series: Protecting inventions [Video]

Janet Cord and Ray Diperna, partners at Ladas & Parry LLP, discuss the pros and cons of patents in protecting inventions....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

IP Strategies: An Offensive and Defensive Approach

Companies, both big and small, take a variety of approaches when it comes to protecting intellectual property. Some companies focus on product development and marketing with little focus on protecting intellectual assets,...more

Amending Your Patent Claims In Corresponding Foreign Applications Could Obligate You To Look At Your Granted Australian Claims

“There is no practice ... that I’m aware of, nor have I ever received advice from my attorneys anywhere in the world[,] that once a particular amendment is made to a patent in any particular jurisdiction ... there is some...more

People vs. Patents: Brands Struggle to Balance Human Capital and Patent Portfolios

Facebook recently filed for its long-awaited initial public offering that some speculate could be valued up to $100 billion – a valuation which will be strongly based on a combination of both intellectual and intangible...more

Race to the Patent Office – Start Your Engines!

The race to the Patent Office begins March 16, 2013, when the new first-to-file patent system takes effect. Start your engines, or at least think about the consequences of this system for current and future patent portfolios....more

"New Year Will See More Policing of Patent Conduct by US and EU Competition Agencies"

If recent events are any indication, U.S. and European antitrust agencies will remain focused this year on the intersection of intellectual property and competition law. In particular, the agencies have concluded that under...more

IP Litigation And Portfolio Management Tips The Best IP Litigation Strategy may just be . . . to Avoid a Lawsuit in the First...

Protecting intellectual property (IP) only makes sense if the cost of doing so adds value to your company’s bottom line. IP protection adds value by generating assets – namely: patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and...more

Have You Checked Your Assets Lately?

You know where your money and investments are and whether they are protected and paying dividends, but can you say the same about your intellectual property?...more

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