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Sideways and Backwards: A Broken Patent Process

When reading patents it is not at all unusual for a patent to be issued a number of years after the original patent application was filed, but …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 31

HP Invents Electronic – Maps, Coupons, Printers and Warranties

The featured patent application focuses on mapping technology, an area of innovation that we’ve seen from many of the electronic device and software manufacturers we cover. …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Why E-mail & Word Processing Were Not Computer-Implemented Inventions: A Response to Alice v CLS Bank Oral Arguments

Certain things are obvious. It was obvious in the oral arguments that it was a challenge for both the Supreme Court judges and the lawyers to distinguish …
By Martin Goetz
3 years ago 48

Easing the Standard for Recovering Attorney Fees in Patent Cases

I think that the Supreme Court decision will be enough to prevent the so-called "patent reform" from gaining any traction in the Senate. The cynical view is …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Fujitsu Seeks Patent on Method of Detecting Illegal Network Connections

This patent application was filed by Fujitsu with the USPTO in July 2013, and claims the benefit of priority of a prior Japanese Patent Application filed on Oct. 26, 2012. …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Canon Seeks Patent on Battery Powered Mobile X-Ray Machine

Canon has been involved with developing X-ray technologies in the recent past, as we’ve profiled in our past coverage of this company’s intellectual property portfolio. …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Hirsch, Litman Join International Intellectual Property Institute

The International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), founded and headed by former United States Patent and Trademark Office Commissioner Bruce Lehman, has recently brought in two seasoned intellectual …
By Press Releases
3 years ago 0

The Successful Inventor: Patenting Improvements

Perhaps Edison’s most famous invention was the light-bulb. Truth be told, however, Edison didn’t really “invent” the light-bulb. Edison significantly improved upon the technology by …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

FTC Files Amicus in 3rd Circuit Over Reverse Payments

The FTC brief explains that the no-authorized-generic (no-AG) commitment at issue raises the same antitrust concern that the Supreme Court identified in Actavis. A no-authorized-generic commitment means …

The Economic Case for Strong Protection for Intellectual Property

While all nations have a great deal to gain from attracting foreign direct investment and research spending from multinational firms, developing nations in particular stand to gain …
By Dr. Kristina Lybecker
3 years ago 3

Pharma Update: News for April 2014

What follows below is a review of some of the pharma news stories that caught my attention during the month of April 2014. Supreme Court Denies Teva's Request …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Inventing the Smart Phone: Why the ‘Trolls’ Were Saviors

Next, I tried to interest manufacturers in licenses. That went nowhere. One company officially told me no one would take me seriously until they were sued, so …

For a Greener Footprint: Innovating to Capture Carbon Dioxide

Although carbon capture technologies exist, the scale of carbon dioxide that needs to be drawn from the atmosphere to combat the effects of climate change is very …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Why ‘Patent Reform’ Harms Innovative Small Businesses – Summary

The purpose of the U.S. patent system has been to promote innovation. The various ''Patent Reform'' bills will in fact retard innovation and cost America jobs. …

Strategic Considerations Before Filing and During Early Stages of Patent Prosecution

Under the AIA and through its own initiatives, the USPTO has developed many programs that facilitate the prosecution of applications through the Office. Applicants should consider the …
By Carey Jordan
3 years ago 0