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Five Things to Know About University Licensing

by WilmerHale on

Earlier this year, WilmerHale Partners Dave Gammell, Barry Hurewitz and Jeff Johnson discussed the basics of licensing and legal considerations for university licensing agreements such as unique aspects of university licenses...more

Uptick in University Enforcement of Intellectual Property an Indication of Stricter Enforcement Policy or a Passing Trend?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Universities have traditionally been reluctant to enforce their intellectual property (IP) against third parties. There are many reasons for this position, including adverse publicity associated with such suits, the time...more

Apple Ordered to Pay $506 Million to the University of Wisconsin for Infringing its Computer Processor Chip Patent

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments & Awards - Wisconsin Alumni Research Found. V. Apple, Inc., No. 14-CV-062-WMC (W.D. Wisc.) On July 25, 2017, a federal court in Wisconsin ordered Apple to pay a whopping $506 million for infringement of...more

Why The Federal Circuit Revisited Written Description

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Stanford University v. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Fed Cir. No 2015-2011, June 27, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded interference decisions on the ground the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”)...more

University of California/Berkeley Appeals Adverse CRISPR Decision by PTAB

In February, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rendered judgment that there was no interference-in-fact between the claims in interference between the Regents of the University...more

Five things academic scientists should know when pursuing their first patent application – Part II of V

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a new Automated Interview Request (AIR) Form that allows practitioners to submit an online request for an interview with an examiner. The online form allows...more

University Invokes Sovereign Immunity to Avoid Patent Invalidation Proceeding

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In a recent decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “PTAB”) held that a states’ sovereign immunity applies to patent inter partes review proceedings. Inter partes review is an alternative to traditional litigation...more

PTAB Ruling on CRISPR: No Interference

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) ruled in favor of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in a closely watched patent fight with UC Berkeley over the breakthrough CRISPR...more

State Universities Gain Immunity from IPRs

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

State Universities Gain Immunity from IPRs - Today, many universities own extensive patent portfolios that are managed by sophisticated tech transfer offices. Universities obtain these patents for many reasons, not the...more

State Universities Rejoice: PTAB Recognizes Sovereign Immunity Defense

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Inc., the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) upheld a defense of sovereign immunity asserted by the University of Florida Research Foundation (the...more

A Report on The World’s Most Innovative Universities Affirms Strengths of Massachusetts Universities and Others Around the World

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

As the recent U.S. Commerce Department survey affirmed (and discussed in our blog previously), intellectual property (IP) is a significant driver for our economy. Since universities are both key sources of IP and training...more

Intellectual Property and You: The University Edition

by Varnum LLP on

It may be July, but school is still in session. In this blog, I'll discuss another common but mysterious topic: intellectual property ownership, specifically in the university setting. Universities sponsor research, encourage...more

[Webinar] Best Practices for Licensing in Today's Evolving Legal Framework - June 16th, 1:00pm CST

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States recently held that royalty payments beyond the expiration of a patent are per se unlawful. However, many ground-breaking technologies being developed and licensed from the nation's...more

CRISPR Interference Motions Set

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has made its decision regarding the motions each party will be able to bring in Interference No. 108,048 between the Broad Institute and the University of California ("University") over...more

Chapter 93A's Increasing Role in IP Litigation in Massachusetts

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Chapter 93A, with its low and vague standards of liability and powerful remedies of multiple damages and attorneys, is playing an increasingly central role in intellectual property disputes in Massachusetts. Please see...more

Federal Circuit Holds (Some) Patent Agent-Client Communications Are Privileged

by Snell & Wilmer on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held this week in In re Queen’s University that some communications between patent applicants and non-attorney patent agents are legally privileged, recognizing, for...more

DMCA Loosening the Reins for Education

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

You may know the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) from the widely deployed DMCA take-down notices that copyright owners use to remove putatively infringing content from the Internet. Enacted in 1998, the DMCA is...more

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

USPTO Pilot Program: Trademark Registrations May Now Be Broadened To Account For Evolving Technology

by BakerHostetler on

Trademark Office rules generally prohibit the broadening of goods and services identified in existing trademark registrations. But on September 1, the USPTO announced a new pilot program that will create a limited exception...more

Use of Competitors’ Trademarks as Google AdWords is not Infringement

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The British Columbia Supreme Court has decided that the use of a competitor’s trademarks in Google AdWords does not constitute infringement. In Vancouver Community College v Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc.,...more

Is Your School District’s Lack of Social Media Guidelines Putting the District at Risk?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

School districts are under growing scrutiny and criticism for the lack of clear social media guidelines and policies. For instance, after a Michigan teacher reportedly was sentenced to 6 to 15 years for an inappropriate...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

Hackers seek to access intellectual property assets of higher educational institutions

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

College and universities, like many other businesses and organizations, defend against millions of cyberattacks each day. Most recently, Penn State’s College of Engineering discovered a multi-year long cyberattack seeking...more

BIO Commissioned Study Calculates Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the U.S.

Last month, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced the release of a BIO commissioned study that estimates the economic impact of academic licensing between 1996 and 2013. The study, entitled "The Economic...more

Generic Top Level Domains Create New Opportunities and New Headaches for Colleges and Universities

For decades, the Internet was limited to a small number of top-level Internet domains, the most common being .com, .org, .net, .edu, and country-specific domains. However, in 2012 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...more

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