Posts in Biotechnology


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
6 days ago 3

Sportbrain files smartwatch fitness tracker patent suits against Apple, HP, Michael Kors and New Balance

At the center of each lawsuit is the assertion of a single patent covering personal data collection technology integrated into a series of smartwatches. The patent-in-suit asserted …
By Steve Brachmann
11 days ago 2

FTC revives complaint, files motion for stipulated order over pay-for-delay agreement for generic Lidoderm

On January 23rd, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had taken steps to resolve antitrust charges involving business activities employed by Irish/U.S. drugmaker …
By Steve Brachmann
13 days ago 2

Merck agrees to $625 million payment, royalties to Bristol-Myers Squibb for sales of Keytruda cancer treatment

On January 20th, NYC-based drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE:BMY) and Kenilworth, NJ-based pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) announced that the two companies had entered into …
By Steve Brachmann
13 days ago 0

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

On the menu this week for Other Barks & Bites, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the Lanham Act’s disparagement provision, a six-figure …
By Steve Brachmann
28 days ago 1

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

This week’s news headlines include nomination hearings for the potential incoming U.S. Commerce Secretary, the Supreme Court’s granting certiorari for an important case in …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 3

At CES 2017, Alexa reigns supreme over the growing consumer market for AI tech

There can be little doubt that the current conversation surrounding voice assistant technology begins and ends with Alexa, the personal assistant technology developed by Amazon.com. This …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

IP News: The Maiden Voyage of the USS IP Watchy McDogface

Without reneging on our commitment to in-depth coverage of the IP world, we wanted to add a new element to our coverage and today we’re introducing …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 6

Patent issued on vaccine for one of the most common causes of bronchiolitis and pneumonia

Respiratory syncytial virus, commonly referred to simply as RSV, is a highly contagious viral disease and is one of the most common causes of bronchiolitis and pneumonia. …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 1

IBM achieves record number of U.S. patents in 2016, 24th straight year of patent dominance

In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States. Hurricane Andrew bore down on the American Southeast, causing billions in damage after wreaking destruction from Florida …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 2

AXIM Biotech earns patent for chewing gum containing cannabinoids to treat neurodegenerative diseases

The patent space surrounding marijuana formulations for medical use is still wide open despite the current march towards legalization. According to patent portfolio analysis tools available through …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 2

Biotech firms form patent alliance over interference proceeding against CRISPR patent application

The alliance is composed of firms that have a vested interest in the outcomes of a CRISPR patent interference case currently in front of the U.S. …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 2

Merck subsidiary Idenix wins $2.54B in HCV treatment suit against Gilead in largest U.S. patent infringement verdict ever

On Thursday, December 15th, a subsidiary of Kenilworth, NJ-based pharmaceutical developer Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) was awarded $2.54 in royalty damages in a case involving one of the …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

Senate passes 21st Century Cures Act, President Obama expected to quickly sign bill into law

Earlier today, by a vote of 94 to 5, the United States Senate overwhelmingly passed the 21st Century Cures Act. Having passed in the House, the Cures Act now …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 6

21st Century Cures Act passed overwhelmingly by House, major health reform bill moves to Senate

The 21st Century Cures Act has broad bipartisan support having been passed in the U.S. House by an overwhelming 344-77 roll call vote. It also has …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 18