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Teva acquires Auspex for $3.5 billion, increases patent holdings in orphan disease treatment

This year the pharmaceutical world has already seen some incredible mergers and acquisitions. This rapid pace of activity represents the highest level of pharmaceutical and biotech takeovers …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

USPTO makes changes to AIA post grant proceedings

The immediate modification to the page limits for motions to amend is more in line with reality given the high burdens placed on patent owners. Even when …
By Jon Wright
2 years ago 1

Maximizing innovation requires a strong patent system

If a weak patent system were the answer you would expect countries that have a weak patent system, or no patent system at all, to have run …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 9

Senate hearing on drones seeks to balance safety issues and commercial opportunities

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation addressed whether unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones, could be further incorporated into American airspace for …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Decrease in patent litigation questions need for patent reform

In 2014 there were 1,070 fewer patent lawsuits filed than during 2013. Furthermore, the number of patent cases filed in 2014 was lower than the number of cases filed in 2012 by …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 8

Confusion Preclusion: SCOTUS Says TTAB Has Preclusive Effect

There was a split in the circuit courts as to what effect a TTAB decision will have, and this depends heavily upon where the litigation is happening. …
By Beth Hutchens
2 years ago 0

Patent Licensing is as American as Apple Pie

To hear the rhetoric from lobbyists for some large tech companies you would think patent licensing is some sort of shady business, akin to extortion. Never mind …
By David Pridham
2 years ago 4

What ‘patent quality’ means for patent owners

Patent Quality. Two words that individually we all know what they mean, but you put them together and they cause lots of confusion. So let me clarify. …
By Manny Schecter
2 years ago 3

An Inventor’s Guide to Being Taken Seriously by Patent Attorneys

It is important for inventors to understand that there is reluctance among some patent attorneys to take on independent inventors as clients. This is at least in …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 4

Video on Demand Continues to Revolutionize TV, Movie Industries

On-demand video services like Netflix and Hulu were niche businesses just a few years ago but in recent months it’s become clear that these platforms for …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Problem Child: The Third-Grade Approach to Patent Owners

Punishing everyone for the actions of an easily identifiable few is an abuse of power. The difference is when Sister Mary did it we lost a few …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 7

Bank of America patents mobile banking programs and video ATM terminals

Mobile devices were the subject of a pair of recently issued Bank of America patents recently. It was at least a little intriguing, however, that the invention …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

The Unforeseen Impact of Alice

The fact is, patent examiners are struggling with the application of 35 USC 101 in light of the Alice decision just as much as everyone else. Greater uncertainty among …
By Manny Schecter
2 years ago 59

The Importance of Patents and Academic Technology Transfer

This patenting step is absolutely crucial for the commercialization of inventions. In the absence of a strong intellectual property system – specifically patents – most of those inventions will …
By David Winwood
2 years ago 0

A sincere desire to improve the quality of the patents

The last time patent quality was being discussed the leadership of the Office had not come from the private sector, but rather came from within government ranks. …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 10