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Do Patents Promote Innovation? The Market is the Final Arbiter

In my opinion the best way to judge the success or failure of the patent system is by looking broadly at the type of competition it enables …
By Marc Ehrlich
3 years ago 0

USPTO Adopts New Ethics Rules Based on ABA Model Rules

The Federal Register Notice explains that currently there are approximately 41,000 registered patent practitioners, with at least 75% of the roster of patent practitioners being attorneys who are admitted …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 6

A Primer on Paragraph IV Certifications: Into the Belly of the Hatch-Waxman Beast Part 1

In a moment of extreme weakness, I agreed to Gene’s request to doing a primer on Paragraph IV Certifications under the Drug Price Competition and Patent …
By Eric Guttag
3 years ago 1

Apple Patent to Replace the “Back” Button with “Page Snapback”

This past week was another very prolific one for Apple, as the California-based electronic device developer received 35 patents and had another 36 applications published by the U.S. …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Wilson Sonsini Hires IP Litigators Away from Sidley Austin

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced last week that it was significantly expanding its patent litigation practice by hiring a team of IP litigators away from Sidley Austin. …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 4

Heightened Judicial Deference for Patent Claim Constructions?

Patent litigants have long expected an appeal to follow nearly every jury verdict and that a key question (if not the key question) on appeal will be …
By Jim Lennon
3 years ago 0

Costco Attempts to Defend Sale of Counterfeit TIFFANY Diamonds

This should have been an open and shut case. But then Costco decided to aggressively defend what seems indefensible. Costco is basing its defense on the belief …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 25

IBM Chief Patent Counsel on Patent Litigation Reform

Federal Circuit Chief Judge Rader recently delivered an important and noteworthy defense of the U.S. patent system the recent annual meeting of the Association of University …
By Manny Schecter
3 years ago 3

Happy Easter 2013! Patents for the Occasion

Happy Easter everyone! It is that time of the year where children go searching for eggs full of candy hidden by a giant rabbit, or perhaps awaken …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

J&J Seeks Ridiculously Broad Patent on Method of Treating Pain

Essentially you take a topical analgesic, cool it, remove it from the cooling environment and then apply. If this claim gets patented it will be extraordinarily embarrassing …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 10

DOJ Says IP Exchange Licensing Model is Pro-Innovation

IPXI is the first financial exchange that facilitates non-exclusive licensing and trading of intellectual property rights with market-based pricing and standardized terms. Earlier this week word came …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

House Subcommittee Pursues Answers to Litigation Abuses by Patent Assertion Entities

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on March 14, 2013, heard from six witnesses that the business of "patent assertion entities" (PAEs) is inflicting …
By AIPLA
3 years ago 1

IBM Seeks Patent for Social Gathering of Distributed Knowledge

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an international business technology consultant and developer headquartered in Armonk, New York. As the top patenting company for the last 20 years, …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 1

PTO Announces 2013 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame today announced the inductees for 2013. This …
By U.S.P.T.O.
3 years ago 0

Kappos on Patent Trial and Appeal Board Trial Proceedings

Kappos explained that the PTAB has started and will continue, in at least some cases, to issue shorter per curiam decisions, which will allow them to decide …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1