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Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corporation: What No One Is Telling the Supreme Court

In its upcoming term, the Supreme Court will once again consider the extraterritorial effect of U.S. patent law; specifically, whether “the Federal Circuit erred in holding …
By Jonathan Tropp
33 minutes ago 1

Supreme Court to Weigh In on Extraterritorial Scope of Patent Law and Laches

On the heels of a busy term last year, the stage is set for the Supreme Court to review two more important issues regarding utility patents during …

Las Vegas NHL team files trademark applications for Silver Knights, Desert Knights and Golden Knights nicknames

A series of 12 trademark applications filed by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment, LLC, the consortium which owns the new NHL franchise, with the U.S. Patent and …
By Steve Brachmann
5 hours ago 0

Free Webinar: Assessing the Current State of Patent Value

Join Gene Quinn and Ashley Keller on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12pm ET for a discussion on the current state of patent value. We will take your questions, …
By Gene Quinn
12 hours ago 0

The Increasingly Important Roles of Bloggers in Post Grant Proceedings

Both petitioners’ and patent owners’ reliance on blog articles in the course of post grant proceedings has been approximately equal. However, the manner in which the blog …
By Timothy J. Maier
24 hours ago 1

Is it Time To Amend 101?

Rather than the drastic measure of abolishing § 101, such as that proposed by previous USPTO Director Kappos, we think that a simple change to § 101 that removes the confusing …

Estimating the Costs for Filing, Registering, and Renewing Single-class Trademarks across the Globe

Estimates for renewing the trademark for one term (including the attorney costs) in the U.S. and the other seven Convention countries vary from $320 in Thailand to $2,120 …

Warner Bros. settles FTC charges over deceptive YouTube influencer campaign marketing of video game

The FTC filed a complaint against Warner Bros. for violating provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act by making payments to prominent members of YouTube for positive …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 0

FCC drafting set-top box rules amid a growing tide of dissent

The FCC’s commitment to opening up set-top box platforms could be of great benefit to video services developed by Google Fiber, which only had 53,000 video subscribers …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 0

Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert is the subject of copyright suit filed on behalf of former promoter

On Monday, September 12th, Sid Bernstein LLC, a company representing Bernstein who passed away in 2013, filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement on the use of the Shea …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 0

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court Judgment on All Grounds in LifeNet Health v. LifeCell

Lifenet’s patent is for plasticized soft tissue grafts used for transplantation in humans. The specification discloses that plasticizers can be removed before implantation, although they need …

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Insight on §101 Protections for Software Patents

In a September 13, 2016 decision relating to subject matter eligibility of software patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the Federal Circuit vacated the district court’s order granting Defendants’ …

How Can More Lawyers Become Tech Company CEOs?

Most CEOs won’t make a move without first consulting their general counsel or other legal adviser. But the general counsel seldom rises to the CEO spot. …
By Derek Handova
4 days ago 2

The Inspector General’s Report Alleging PTO Examiner Time and Attendance Abuse Has No Merit

On August 31, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) released a report titled Investigative Report on Analysis of Patent …

Does the Patent Gender Gap Matter?

Why should we care about getting more women inventing? What does it matter? You don’t find more innovation by looking in places where you’re not …
By Gene Quinn
4 days ago 0