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Internet Policy Task Force to Host Series of Roundtables on Copyright Internet Policy Topics

The purpose of the roundtables is to engage further with members of the public on the following issues: (1) the legal framework for the creation of remixes; (2) the …
By U.S.P.T.O.
3 years ago 0

GE Seeks Patent on Using Social Media to Detect Power Outages

Today’s featured patent application would protect a novel system of addressing power outages when a utility network doesn’t receive notification of the event directly from …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

USPTO to Host Forum to Solicit Feedback on Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public forum on May 9, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, …
By U.S.P.T.O.
3 years ago 1

Laying the Groundwork for a Reflective IP Strategy

“Without a strong healthy business nothing else really matters--not even IP. A successful IP [plan] is one that follows the business and strategizes to meet its goals,” …
By Dolly Krishnaswamy
3 years ago 0

Do Patents Truly Promote Innovation?

Invention, it has been shown, is driven primarily not by genius or happenstance but rather by markets and the expectation of the profit that can be gained …
By David Kline
3 years ago 14

Happy Birthday to the Patent System, A Dream of Our Forefathers

As Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, spoke about on 60 Minutes, true innovation does not come from the large corporations. Instead, it is some “graduate student” or “crazy …
By Raymond Van Dyke
3 years ago 1

The “Useful Arts” in the Modern Era: For SCOTUS on CLS Bank

Many, many, many patents have issued to cover the physical elements and intuitive steps to make this familiar sequence possible and increasingly reliable and refined. Mechanical elements, …
By John White
3 years ago 2

AT&T Patents Personalized Information Services System

The featured application is a continuation of a patent application that matured into a patent for AT&T in December 2013, some 9 years after it was first filed. …

Are Software Patents Stifling Innovation?

What if (Almost) Everything You Thought You Knew About America’s “Broken” Patent System Was Wrong? What follows is the fourth and final installment in the “Myths …

USPTO Renews Patents for Humanity Program

The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that Patents for Humanity is being renewed as an annual program. Started as …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 2

The ITC and Excessive Patent Damages Myths

Professor Paul Janicke of the University of Houston Law School conducted a study of all damage verdicts in patent infringement cases between 2005 and 2007. He found no pattern …

Fortune Magazine’s Unusual Position on Non-Practicing Entities

In a magazine with the name Fortune—devoted to capitalism and free markets—it is surprising to see an article that would promote closed markets and limited …
By Bob Zeidman
3 years ago 0

Book Review: The Intangible Investor

Prosperity in the United States is now almost completely tied to innovation, and a prerequisite to successful innovation is access to capital. The central theme of Bruce …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 5

Are Non-Practicing Entities The Problem?

Patent licensing, in fact, was the principal means by which new inventions were commercialized during the decades before in-house corporate R&D departments emerged in the early 20…

Leveraging Spin-Out Companies to Support Global Health

IDRI granted license rights to its world-class vaccine adjuvants to Immune Design Corporation (IDC), which was established in Seattle in 2008 with a focus on cancer, allergies and …
By Erik Iverson
3 years ago 0