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Europe Achieves Historic Agreement on Unitary Patent

The European patent with unitary effect (unitary patent) in the 25 participating states is based on two regulations, one creating the instrument, and one on the applicable language …

Authors Challenged by Shifting Industry Business Models

The new reality is that content creators are getting squeezed all around. Increasingly many want things to be free and don't care whether they copy a public …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 0

Ethics and OED 2012: Practitioner Discipline at the USPTO

Next year I will be speaking at the 7th Annual Patent Law Institute sponsored by the Practising Law Institute. In addition to discussing ethical issues raised by …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 8

Defensive Patent Pools: There are Surprisingly Few Options

Unlike NPEs, defensive patent pools entities do not (at least initially) seek to generate revenues. Rather, they charge admission fees into the pool to fund IP acquisitions …
By Raymond Millien 3 years ago 1

University Tech Licensing Has Substantial Impact on Economy

In the case of product sales, 58 institutions (31 percent of the 186 respondents) reported that 2,821 of their licenses paid $662 million in running royalties based on $37 billion in product sales, …
By AUTM 3 years ago 1

Supreme Court Agrees To Tackle Drug Patent Settlements

In the past several years, the Second, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits have upheld these settlements (known as “reverse payment” agreements since the money flows from the patentee …
By Michael Carrier 3 years ago 4

AMP v. Myriad: SCOTUS Must Remember What Case Is Not About*

As Myriad has correctly pointed out in its brief in opposition to the grant of certiorari, the question posed by the ACLU/PubPat (“Are Human Genes Patentable”) …
By Eric Guttag 3 years ago 17

Troll Turning Point? Federal Circuit Breathes Life into Rule 11

This is very good news for defendants and for the patent system. If Rule 11 is actually enforced against those who sue without a reasonable basis the bad …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 6

Croc Counterfeiters in China get Jail Time

Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) announced earlier today that Chinese courts have sentenced 18 individuals to a total of more than 46 years in prison for producing and selling counterfeit …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 0

IPO to Award National Inventor of the Year to Kinect Inventor

On Monday, December 10, 2012, Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation will honor 39th Annual National Inventor of the Year Alex Kipman, 2012 Distinguished IP Professional Judge James Holderman, and the …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 0

Apple vs Samsung: The Smartphone Patent War Continues

Why is this fight so important? It could be a crucial decision for both companies, with the winner gaining leverage in the fast-paced and ever-growing billion dollar …
By Corinne Kerston 3 years ago 0

Patent Law Changes – Claims Unnecessary to Obtain a Filing Date

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, the House of Representatives passed two bills that are now await President Obama's signature. The bill — S. 3486— implements both the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 2

Forfeiting the Future Over Irrational Fear of Software Patents

If you haven't noticed America doesn't make anything any more, at least nothing that is tangible. Everything we buy is made in China, or Mexico or Viet …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 92

FTC Says Injunctions Related to Standard-Essential Patents Can Harm Competition, Innovation

The brief addresses this issue in the context of patent infringement claims that Motorola, Inc. has filed against Apple, Inc. regarding technologies used in iPhones and iPads …

FTC Stops “History Sniffing” by Online Advertising Network

An online advertising company agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used “history sniffing” to secretly and illegally gather data from millions of consumers about …