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The New Patent Policy on Natural Products Is a Game Changer for Universities and Life Sciences Companies

Since the 19th Century, it has been considered a given that a person who identifies and purifies a useful natural substance is entitled to a patent, so long as the substance had never before existed in pure form. ...more

The Importance of the One-Year AIA Timeline

Rackspace US, Inc. v. Personal Web Techs., LLC - Addressing the one-year time frame for completing inter partes review (IPR) in the context of a stay request, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial...more

Upcoming Amendments To Russian IP Legislation: General Overview

On October 1, 2014, substantial amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (“Civil Code”) as it relates to intellectual property will come into force. The amendments cover all areas of intellectual property,...more

USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow in Seven Cities Nationwide

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will host seven roadshow events across the country to increase public understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act. The...more

An Inexpensive Alternative to Patent Litigation

The America Invents Act (AIA), passed in September 2011, provides additional procedures to challenge the validity of patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). These “post grant” procedures are far less...more

Gone but not forgotten…is the archaic ground of prior claiming relevant to “whole of contents” novelty?

This is one of two related articles on aspects of prior claiming. Prior claiming was a ground of invalidity under the Patents Act 1952 (1952 Act). It prevented grant of a patent claiming subject matter already claimed by...more

Patent Trolls Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Invent something, patent it and watch your creative enterprise grow into an empire. That’s what inventors are supposed to do. Some of them still follow the rules. Others do not. Among the more unscrupulous are...more

How to Fix the Amendment Fallacy

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has made it hard for patent owners to amend their claims. Patrick Doody outlines the problems this causes and how to fix them. Since being established under 2011’s America Invents Act...more

Estoppel effects of post-grant patent proceedings under the AIA

By now, most patent practitioners are quite familiar with the post-grant patent proceedings (e.g., IPR, PGR, CBM) newly established by the AIA, and their key features, such as the stay and estoppel provisions. Numerous...more

News from Abroad: New Zealand's New Patents Act

After a protracted gestation period, the New Zealand's Patents Act 2013 will take full effect on 13 September 2014. The new Act represents the first major refresh of New Zealand's patent legislation in 60 years, and brings...more

Progress Toward Comprehensive Patent Reform Stalls

On May 21, 2014, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that he was removing patent reform legislation from the Committee's agenda, effectively eliminating any chance for Senate consideration this...more

IP Newsflash - July 2014 #3

Federal Circuit Finds District Court Erred in Refusing to Consider Evidence Pertinent to Determination of Priority Even Though the Evidence was Not Presented to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences - The...more

Washington Insight - July 2014

In This Issue: - Progress Toward Comprehensive Patent Reform Stalls - As Attention Turns to a Border Supplemental, a Twelve Bill Omnibus Seems Certain - Highways, Taxes, and Partisanship: The Next...more

The Cost of Defending Against Patent Trolls

It should come as no surprise that defending against Non-Producing Entities—most of which are Patent Trolls —is expensive, especially for small businesses and corporations. In support of his ongoing legal battle with the...more

Kickstarting an Old Patent System for the New Software Era

Software patents have been having a rough time of it lately. It seems everyone has something bad to say about them, from the courts to the press, and even some software engineers. Originally Published in The Recorder...more

How the America Invents Act Has Changed the “One-Year Grace Period” for Filing Patent Applications

The United States patent system underwent a major overhaul last March with the implementation of key provisions of the America Invents Act (“AIA”). The AIA is considered the most substantial change in patent law since 1952...more

USPTO Seeks Public Input on Application Pendency

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 38854) requesting comments from the public regarding optimal patent first action and total pendency target...more

House Tries One More Time: Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act of 2014 ("TROL Act")

U.S. Representative Lee Terry (R-NE) opened a recent subcommittee meeting by quoting Thomas Edison: "The most certain way to succeed is to try one more time." The occasion was the meeting of the House's Energy and Commerce...more

Deputy Directory Lee Announces the Request for Written Comments to Help Improve PTAB Proceedings

In a post from yesterday entitled "Help Improve our AIA Trial Proceedings," Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, announced on...more

The North Carolina General Assembly Nears Passage of Significant Legislation Affecting Business

The North Carolina General Assembly is working on significant legislation affecting the state’s business legal climate. The Legislature is one vote away from adopting Senate Bill 853 (SB 853)[1], which is intended to improve...more

A World Without Patents?

Planet Money’s recent podcast interviews two economists who advocate for the ultimate patent law reform: the abolition of patents. They argue that patents inhibit innovation. For example, the Wright Brothers...more

Continued Chaos in Obama Administration Patent Policy

President Obama has reportedly decided against nominating Johnson & Johnson executive Philip Johnson in the face of political pressure from the hi-tech industry and Members of Congress, including Senator Charles Schumer...more

Carolla Going after the Patent Trolls

Adam Carolla continues his battle against the patent troll, Personal Audio, LLC. So far, Carolla has spent more than $450,000 in attorney fees. The result? There has been enough discovery for Carolla to determine that...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - Issue 22, Q2 2014

In This Issue: - Celebrity Endorsements on Social Media: 7 Tips For Navigating The Right Of Publicity - Landmark Privacy Ruling In Europe - US Congress May Act Again On Patent Reform - Supreme Court...more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - June 26, 2014

In This Issue: - SBA Ups Size Standards, Allowing 8,400 Firms to Become Small Biz - Auditors Want to Limit Reporting of 'Critical Audit Matters' - House Approves Permanent Extension of Small Business Tax...more

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