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Patent reform advocate Mark Cuban reportedly threatens Walmart with patent litigation

With so much brash bluster, it was inevitable that Cuban would argue himself into a corner eventually. It finally looks like Cuban's shoot from the mouth first …

PTO Report on Confirmatory Genetic Testing: A Worthwhile Effort But Not Far Enough

The USPTO has released its 'Report on Confirmatory Genetic Diagnostic Testing,' which was prepared to fulfill the requirements of §27 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. The …

Understanding Obviousness: John Deere and the Basics

The legal determination about whether an invention is obvious seems completely subjective and sometimes even arbitrary. In some technology areas nothing ever seems to be obvious, in …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 22

Flood management tech seeks to reduce risks of fatalities, property damage

The most common type of severe weather emergency that affects American citizens and property owners is flash flooding, according to the National Flood Insurance Program. Flash floods, …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Federal Circuit Rejects ‘Swearing Behind’ as Insufficient Under Rule 131

The issue on appeal was whether Applicants antedated the ‘560 reference in accordance with Rule 131. A patent applicant bears the burden of establishing “reduction to practice prior to …

CAFC: Reasonable royalty in design infringement only if greater than infringer’s total profits

Damages for infringement of a design patent can be recovered for the greater of: (1) total profits from the infringer’s sales under 35 U.S.C. § 289, (2) damages in …

A patent reform conversation with Senator Coons and Congressman Massie

Yesterday I moderated a Google Hangout on the topic of patent reform, which was sponsored by the Innovation Alliance’s save the inventor campaign. Joining me for …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 6

Trademark Tea Leaves: Balancing Product Secrecy with Public Trademark Registration

Among the most promising tech tea leaves product launch predictors rely on are publicly available applications and registrations for intellectual property. Given the importance of product launches …
By Brian Focarino
1 year ago 0

The future of agricultural pest control is biopesticides, IoT insect monitoring systems

The Internet of Things has been lauded as a potential boon for crop production, including pest control. Automated IoT pest control systems have been developed by Spensa …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

3D Printed Human Organs and the Debate on Applicable Patent Law

3D printed human organs are coming increasingly close to being a reality according to several reports. In addition to potentially saving thousands of lives every year, this …
By Andrew Armstrong
1 year ago 16

Despite financial troubles Caterpillar still acquiring more U.S. patents than its rivals

With the nearly $1 billion drop in Caterpillar’s 2015 revenue forecast, the corporation has recently announced a corporate restructuring in its dealer and customer support divisions, including new …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

USPTO changes method for correcting foreign priority claims

Because the AIA does make foreign priority claims relevant, the USPTO will now require that any correction of the identification of the foreign application (by application number, …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 4

Thoughts on Ex parte Boyden

A couple months ago I commented on Ex parte Khvorova, expressing disappointment in its analysis and concern over what this might mean since it is “the first …
By Sue D. Nym
1 year ago 2

Recent 3M patents showcase innovative developments in nanomaterials, glass, dental devices

During 2014, 3M received 517 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, putting it in 80th place among companies petitioning the USPTO for patents that year. The …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Obama Administration Caves on Data Exclusivity in Historic TPP Trade Deal

In order to reach an agreement the United States granted a key concession relating to biologics, which are advanced medicines made from living organisms. Presently the United …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3