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Rep. Lamar Smith calls NOAA ‘afraid of innovation’ during hearing on weather satellites

The day’s most withering criticisms, however, came from the House science committee’s ranking Republican, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). Smith contended that NOAA’s problems had …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Rain, rain go away! Is weather modification a real possibility?

Is weather modification, or control, a real possibility? If you search for patents dealing with weather controlling technologies, it seems like it’s more of a reality …
By Jennifer Gallagher
1 month ago 0

5 things inventors and startups need to know about patents

One big problem independent inventors face when they choose to represent themselves is with respect to the very real problem of admissions. Truthfully, those who are representing …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 14

Facebook’s suicide prevention tools are a useful step towards protecting mental health

In an attempt to use the forces of social media for good, Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) announced in the middle of June that it would be rolling …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

IBM files patent application for method to stop printing of copyrighted material

Although the type of copyright infringement that gets the most attention today in our digital age is the downloading of music and/or movies, infringement of print …
By Gene Quinn & Benjamin Joe
2 months ago 2

World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015: Design Patent Highlights

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators. The 2015 report dissects the macro trends associated with filing activity and registrations for 2014 …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
2 months ago 0

Federal Circuit Affirms Registration of MAYARI over Opposition from MAYA Trademark Holder

Oakville Hills Cellar, Inc. (“Oakville”), doing business as Dalla Valle Vineyards, appealed from the decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the United States …

Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. makes its way to the Supreme Court

On one hand, LifeTech argues that the Federal Circuit ruling was in conflict with the text and structure of the Patent Act as well as the presumption …
By Angélique McCall
2 months ago 6

Nike Converse’s ITC strategy a mixed bag

In late 2014, Nike Converse Inc. launched an aggressive attack in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against companies including Walmart, Under Armour and Ralph Lauren for …
By Nicholas Rozansky
2 months ago 1

Brexit Implications: A decision that will have significant effect on the IP and IT markets

This decision will continue to have a significant effect on the IP/IT market which has been governed by so many EU Regulations and Directives in the …
By Sally Shorthose
2 months ago 0

Shontavia Johnson Named Director of Drake Intellectual Property Law Center

Shontavia Johnson, professor of law and the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, took over as director of Drake Law School’s Intellectual Property Law Center …
By Press Releases
2 months ago 1

Can Apple’s New Infrared Patent Really Disable Your iPhone?

On Tuesday, June 28, Apple was granted a new patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,380,225, entitled “Systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
2 months ago 2

Brexit and IP Rights: No significant changes in the short term

As is being widely reported in the general press, the UK has voted to exit the European Union. There are many questions about what this decision means …
By Edmund J. Walsh
2 months ago 0

James Pooley Joins Orrick in Silicon Valley Office

Orrick announced that James Pooley, a world-renowned intellectual property lawyer and authority in the area of trade secrets law, has joined the firm as senior counsel. He …
By Press Releases
2 months ago 0

Federal Circuit gives patent eligibility relief to life sciences sector

The Federal Circuit, with Chief Judge Prost writing for the majority, joined by Judge Moore and Judge Stoll, vacated and remanded the case after ruling that the ‘929 …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 31