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Industry Insiders Make Patent Wishes for 2014

Manny Schecter (IBM Chief Patent Counsel) writes: "Last year I wished for greater understanding of the patent system outside of the patent community. Awareness of the patent …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Business Owners Need Federal Trademark Rights

But deciding to apply for a federal trademark registration isn't the end-all-be-all. Frequently a name or mark is selected for a business without a trademark search ever …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 10

An IPWatchdog Year in Review: A Look Back at 2013

The first piece of business it to announce that we were notified earlier today that IPWatchdog.com was selected as the #1 IP by the Journal of the …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 6

What happens to IP law in 2014?

I prophesy that the best we can hope for is a Bilski-esque vague instruction (wherein our top court opined that some business methods are patentable, citing the …
By Robert Stoll
3 years ago 6

Undermining Innovation in Health Care is Bad for Patients

Even if one disregards the categorical distinctions between over-ruling the ITC order and foreign compulsory licenses, there are differences in the specifics as well. For example, the …
By Steven Tepp
3 years ago 0

Standing Up to the Anti-Patent Beanball

"Patent trolls have a surprising ally: universities" ran in the Washington Post on November 30, 2013. Two days later “Techdirt” threw the follow up: "Patenting University Research Has Been …
By Joseph Allen
3 years ago 65

Industry Insiders Reflect on the Biggest Moments of 2013

In this edition of Biggest Moments in IP we have a variety of reflections on a wide array of IP issues. Todd Dickinson goes international by pointing …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 11

My Top 10 Most Interesting Patent Innovations from 2013

Using no other criteria than my own, this list of the Top 10 Innovations of 2013, which may include a surprise or sentimental choice here and there, shows some …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 1

The CAFC Got it Wrong in Soverain v Newegg

Open Market grew rapidly, went public, made acquisitions, and outlived about 15 of its competitors, but was hit hard by the bursting of Internet Bubble 1.0 in 2000. The eCommerce …
By Dr. Lawrence Stewart
3 years ago 15

Reflections on 2013 and Some Thoughts on the Year Ahead

2013 turned out to be a very big year for IP, and especially patents, and the year took a course that few would have predicted this time last …
By Peter C. Pappas
3 years ago 4

Patent Erosion 2013: What Would the Founding Fathers Think?

As the end of 2013 approaches and I look back on what has transpired I am saddened to see that through the year patent rights have continued to …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 26

Selecting the Right Trademark for Your Business

You have probably had circumstances when you have positively associated with a certain trademark. Perhaps you were traveling and had the option to eat at one of …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 3

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at PTO July/August 2013

These three proceedings, like every other reciprocal disciplinary proceeding, demonstrate the overwhelming importance of obtaining the best resolution possible when the State ethics authorities come knocking. Because …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

Biotech and Pharma Update: News for December 2013

What follows below is a review of some of the biotech and pharma news stories that caught my attention during the month of December 2013. Fitch Puts Negative …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Top 10 Iconic (and Patented) Toys

Of course, it wouldn't be a traditional Christmas at IPWatchdog unless we spent some time profiling some cool innovations that relate to the holiday season. So today, …