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5 CAFC Judges Say Computers Patentable, Not Software

Perpetuating the myth that the computer is where the magic lies does nothing other than ignore reality. Software is what makes everything happen. or crying out loud, …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 17

Federal Circuit Nightmare in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp.

The only thing we know is this — the Federal Circuit issued an extraordinarily brief per curiam decision, which stated: "Upon consideration en banc, a majority of the …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 355

Intellectual Dishonesty About Bayh-Dole Consequences

Prior to the enactment of Bayh-Dole 0 drugs were commercialized from underlying university research. Since Bayh-Dole became law 153 new drugs, vaccines, or new uses for existing drugs are …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 7

A Patient-Centric Look At Gene Patents

One of the central policy issues injected into the current case of AMP v. Myriad Genetics is whether the BRCA patents are good for innovation and ultimately …
By Benjamin Jackson
4 years ago 16

IBM Patents Apps Focus on Improved Multimedia Experiences

Within the past month, many IBM patent applications published by the USPTO show a desire to improve multimedia experiences on many computer devices. Patent applications filed by …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 1

Call for Nominations for 40th Annual Inventor of the Year Award

Nominations are due by May 15, 2013, and the winner (and the nominators) will be honored on Monday, December 10, 2012, in Washington, D.C. at a gala event. The purpose …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 3

Microsoft Patents Identifying Different Users on Touchscreen

As always, many patent applications show Microsoft’s focus on improving their software for business applications. Different Microsoft patent applications this week provide for systems of sharing …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 1

Dr. Oz Fights Fraudulent Claims of Endorsement

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is taking the fight to the scam operators who have been duping the public using his good and extremely popular name. Indeed, the …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 9

Design Patents in China: Applications, Infringement and Enforcement

Nothing has fundamentally changed about the nature of design patents. The first US design patent was granted in 1842. The Statue of Liberty, Coke bottle, Volkswagen Beatle, Stealth …
By Chris Neumeyer
4 years ago 2

Photographers in Copyright Infringement Suit Against Google

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) recently announced that it is joining the other cast of characters who have filed a class action complaint against Google, claiming (…
By Adrienne Kendrick
4 years ago 0

Software Patents: The Engineer vs. Designer Perspective

As a designer, I just like to be hands on, managing the quality of the work and making sure it communicates exactly what we need it to …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Machine Gun Maker Sues Alphonse Capone Over Trademarks

Capone, an Illinois corporation, did not have authorization to use the Tommy Gun trademarks on alcoholic beverages that carry a reproduction of the Tommy Gun marks. Additionally, …
By Adrienne Kendrick
4 years ago 0

Apple Seeks Patents for E-Learning App Optimized for iPad

This month, the USPTO has published many Apple patent applications that are specifically for improvements to the technology developer’s mobile devices. These include a more secure …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Google: We Don’t Sell to Patent Trolls

Late yesterday I was contacted via telephone by a representative of Google about my article titled Is Patent Litigation Really a Problem for Big Tech? I was …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 24

Patent Attorney Asks Examiner “Are you drunk?”

Are you drunk? No, seriously... are you drinking scotch and whiskey with a side of crack cocaine while you "examine" patent applications? (Heavy emphasis on the quotes.) …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 57