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Xerox to Sell Patents in Sealed Bid Auction

Xerox (NYSE: XRX), a global leader in business processes and document management systems, has engaged intellectual property brokerage ICAP Patent Brokerage, the world's largest intellectual property brokerage …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

Alice on Software Patents: Preemption and Abstract Ideas

EDITORIAL NOTE: This article is a continuation of Alice, the Illusory Death of Software Patents. We can return to the beginning of the analysis and revisit preemption. …
By Robert Sachs
3 years ago 7

Utility Patent Applications – Content and Substance

In order to obtain a utility patent one must file what is referred to as a non-provisional application or a non-provisional utility application. It is called “non-provisional” …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

Alice, the Illusory Death of Software Patents

With apologies to the great humorist, the report of the death of software patents is an exaggeration. The Court set forth a two-step test grounded in Bilski …
By Robert Sachs
3 years ago 33

Patent Spotlight on Sony: Exercise Support Apparatus for Elderly

A device that better provides assistive therapies to elderly or physically handicapped individuals is discussed in today’s featured patent application. This device is more cost-effective and …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

USPTO Guidance on Alice v. CLS – Software Still Patentable

At least initially, the USPTO instructions to examiners seems extremely patentee friendly, which I must say comes as a surprise given the largely anti-patent rhetoric that has …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 14

SCOTUS: Streaming TV Over Internet is Copyright Infringement

Using an all too familiar "logical" construct, the Supreme Court determined that what Aereo did was not a public performance within the meaning of the Copyright Act, …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 14

The Rise of The End User in Patent Litigation (and Attorney Fee Shifting)

Attention has recently turned to patent assertion entities that are suing vast numbers of customers using patented technologies in their everyday businesses. But, end users were also …
By Gaia Bernstein
3 years ago 7

USPTO to Host Software Partnership Meeting

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next Software Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1:00 pm – 4:30 …
By U.S.P.T.O.
3 years ago 1

The Case for Incremental Innovation: The Importance of Protecting Follow-on Pharmaceutical Discoveries

The value of such innovation is best measured through the improved health outcomes for patients. In this context, a few examples from the developing world are even …
By Dr. Kristina Lybecker
3 years ago 1

Fumbling Away The Future

Recently I visited a Congressional office with a friend who led technology transfer at a public institution located in a mid-level city not normally associated with innovation. …
By Joseph Allen
3 years ago 0

Moving from Idea to Patent – When Do You Have an Invention?

In order to protect an idea it must mature into an invention first. This means that you need to be able to explain to others how to …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

The Evolution of Air Conditioning Technology

Evidence about man’s attempts to provide some sort of cooling technology to beat the heat in warmer climates extends back almost 2,000 years. Early air conditioning systems …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 3

SCOTUS Rules Alice Software Claims Patent Ineligible

On Thursday, june 19, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in Alice v. CLS Bank. In a unanimous decision authored by Justice Thomas the …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 216

Legally Suspect TTAB Decision Cancels Redskins Trademark

While this decision will be widely cheered by many who are concerned with political correctness, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that from a legal …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 25