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Apple Seeks Patent for Parental Controls on Pre-Paid Debit Cards

Apple Inc. is always applying for protections on different device designs and computer systems. As happens every once in a while, three of these 18 published patents are …
By Steve Brachmann 3 years ago 0

Jerk.com: Who to Contact to Get Removed

Jerk.com isn’t the worst website on the Internet by a long shot, but the arrogance with which the site is operated and seems to flagrantly …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 22

America Needs a National Manufacturing Policy

I don't believe the federal government needs to coordinate a program or embark upon studies by some blue-ribbon panel. What the federal government needs is to institute …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 0

New Patent Fees: USPTO Exercises Fee Setting Authority

The final rules on patent fees will publish in the Federal Register on Friday, January 18, 2013. Fees are going up for most, but not as much as feared. …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 5

In FY 2012, Branded Drug Firms Increased the Use of Pay-for-Delay Settlements to Keep Generic Competitors off the Market

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the number of potentially anticompetitive patent dispute settlements between branded and generic drug companies increased significantly compared with FY 2011, jumping from 28 to 40, according …

27 Patents Awarded to Apple, Includes New Laptop Design

Tuesday’s list of issued patents published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office includes 27 patents assigned to Cupertino, California device manufacturer Apple Inc. Each week, Apple …
By Steve Brachmann 3 years ago 0

FTC Upholds Decision on Deceptive Advertising of Pomegranate Products

The Commission issued a Final Order that bars the POM marketers from making any claim that a food, drug, or dietary supplement is “effective in the diagnosis, …

USPTO, Smithsonian Collaborate to Open “Innovation Pavilion”

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian Institution have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the USPTO …
By U.S.P.T.O. 3 years ago 0

Gene Patents: Getting Beyond Witch Trials

The USPTO Roundtable on genetic testing exposed claims that have driven the debate so far to a rare scrutiny.  Perhaps the bonfires being prepared for the accused …
By Joseph Allen 3 years ago 1

USPTO Seeks Externs for Summer 2013

The USPTO is currently seeking applicants for a non-paid summer 2013 externship — the Patent Experience Externship Program (PEEP). This externship program is intended to give students an opportunity …

CAFC Favors Non-Practicing Entities on “Domestic Injury”

Recently the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, denied Nokia’s petition for rehearing. The Federal Circuit decision is nevertheless interesting for its treatment of Section 337’s “domestic …
By Cindy Chen 3 years ago 1

Pharma Law and Business – A Monthly Roundup for January 2013

Not surprisingly, 2013 began with a predictable rush of interesting news. So here are some of the most recent highlights, from court rulings and medical study findings to …
By Ed Silverman 3 years ago 1

Nike v. YUMS: Covenant Not to Sue Prevents Jurisdiction

The Court went to the actual terms of the Covenant to determine if Nike had met this very tough burden burden. In this case, though, Nike did. …
By Beth Hutchens 3 years ago 0

Knowing When You Have Too Much Time on Your Hands

Last week the Obama Administration responded to a petition requesting the United States government secure funding and resources, and to begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 9

Heads of International IP Offices to Speak at AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute

On February 2, 2013, the Heads of IP Offices in Brazil, Hong Kong, and Mexico will give their perspectives on: (1) the current challenges their offices face; (2) the role their …
By AIPLA 3 years ago 0