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Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

An appellate court hands down a ruling in favor of Internet radio provider Sirius XM against a rock band trying to assert its copyright on pre-1972 music …
By Steve Brachmann
20 hours ago 0

Time to patent invalidity decisions on Rocket Docket calls value of PTAB into question

If the Eastern District of Virginia can dispatch patent cases in less time than the PTAB, why should we suffer the indignity of the lack of due …

Will President Trump directly negotiate Medicare prescription drug pricing?

The savings impact of directly negotiated drug costs is considered negligible, but intrusion into biomedical pricing will destabilize life science commercialization... Any way you slice it, added …
By Chris Gallagher
3 days ago 2

Microsoft files IPR against Philips patent asserted against Taiwanese consumer electronics firms

Dutch tech conglomerate Koninklijke Philips NV is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 6,522,695. The Philips patent is challenged by Microsoft on behalf of several other tech …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 3

Google, HTC, ZTE, Huawei gang up on small navigation software developer with IPR filing

Patent system savvy corporations are ganging up on a smaller developer within the nascent automotive software industry who had the temerity to assert a patent covering a …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 22

Michelle Lee seems to be USPTO Director, but Commerce Department Declines Comment

Michelle Lee seems to still be Director. She is signing patents and Federal Register Notices, but both Commerce and USPTO decline comment on her status... Presumably at …
By Gene Quinn
5 days ago 14

Doc’s Orders: Analogize to Overcome Patent Eligibility Rejections

Taking a hint from what has worked before can give patent prosecutors an advantage. The question is then how to find such examples for use in forming …
By Andrew Gabriel
6 days ago 2

House Subcommittee on Courts and IP holds hearing on PACER system, cameras in the courtroom

The subcommittee convened a hearing to discuss issues of judicial transparency and ethics which affect the system of U.S. federal courts. Republican members of the subcommittee …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 3

Federal Circuit affirms PTAB decision to invalidate MPHJ patent

The Federal Circuit upheld the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”), on Inter Partes Review, to invalidate as anticipated or obvious all claims of …

Hatch says patent venue reform likely regardless of SCOTUS decision in TC Heartland

With respect to the thorny issue of patent litigation, Senator Hatch explained that there is a very real chance that venue reform will happen this year... HATCH: "…
By Gene Quinn
6 days ago 12

CRISPR patent interference ended by USPTO because parties’ claims do not interfere

The PTAB concluded: "Based on our determination that the preponderance of the evidence shows there is no interference-in-fact between the parties’ claims, we need not decide the …
By Gene Quinn
7 days ago 3

Michelle Lee continues to sign issued patents, possible larger Administration role suggested

According to an update given by Issa to Politico, Lee has been held over by the Trump Administration and she might be in line for some Administration …
By Gene Quinn
7 days ago 24

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

On the menu this week for Other Barks & Bites... Video game systems developed by Nintendo and Sony are targeted in a patent infringement suit filed in Delaware …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 2

Beyoncé seeks trademark on daughter Blue Ivy Carter name for everything from cosmetics to high chairs

On January 22, Beyoncé filed a U.S. trademark application that seeks to protect the use of the trademark BLUE IVY CARTER on a wide variety of goods …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 0

Federal Reserve Banks file for declaratory judgment in patent case

Once the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta declined to take a license, Bozeman informed them that he believed they were infringing on his two patents... The complaint …
By John M. Rogitz
9 days ago 1