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WIPO Announces 2012 Global Innovation Index

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in conjunction with INSEAD, released the 2012 Global Innovation Index (GII) on July 3, 2012. The GII model included study of 141 economies, which represent 94.9% …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

U.S. v. Alvarez: Trademark Dilution and the First Amendment

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court handed down its opinion on the Stolen Valor Act (18 U.S.C. §§704). This poor little First Amendment case has …
By Beth Hutchens
4 years ago 1

Is Qualcomm’s New Corporate Structure an Open Source Firewall?

It seems that at least one major component of the restructuring is being driven by the company's attempts to move forward with open source, but doing so …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

USPTO Announces Satellite Offices: Denver, San Jose, Dallas

David Kappos today announced plans to open regional USPTO offices in or around Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, and Silicon Valley, California. These offices are in addition to …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 3

The Patent Twilight Zone: Keeping Significant Innovations Secret

It almost boggles the mind, but this Federal Register Notice explains that the USPTO is undertaking a study to determine the feasibility of requiring economically significant patents …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 43

5 Bad Habits Small Businesses Have With Social Media

No matter where we go these days, social media surrounds us. It seems everyone is saying, “Follow us on Twitter.” “Like us on Facebook.” “For More Information …
By Renee Quinn
4 years ago 1

NPE Tessera to Manufacture Next Generation Miniature Cameras

A wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies has acquired a Tier One qualified camera module manufacturing business. While it likely wasn't the only motivation, it would be …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 6

Obamacare and the Supremes, A Patent Attorney’s Perspective

A method to reduce the national debt comprising a "Skinny Jeans Tax" whereby... Does anyone think they look good in skinny jeans? Where on earth are the …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 18

AOL Stock Purchase Enabled by $1 Billion Microsoft Patent Deal

It was less than two weeks ago that AOL announced that it completed a $1.056 billion patent transaction with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT). At the time of the …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Patent Business: Deals, Acquisitions & Licenses Vol. 1

Merck and AstraZeneca Agree to Amend Partnership - Theradiag Acquires Innovative MicroRNA Technology Platform - 8x8 Sells Patent Family - MPEG LA Announces Call for Patents Essential …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

White House Seeks Input to Shape IP Enforcement Strategy

I am all for coherent strategies, but this seems a bit odd if you ask me. During the summer months in the last year of President Obama's …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 2

USPTO Led International Delegation Negotiates Historic Audiovisual Performance Treaty in Beijing

With approximately 140 signatories to the Final Act, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, or the “Beijing Treaty,” strengthens intellectual property protections for …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 0

WIPO Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances is Concluded

The President’s gavel brought an end to over 12 years of negotiations held under WIPO auspices. Mr. Gurry hailed this major development in the history of international …
By WIPO
4 years ago 0

Did Oracle Overlook the Smoking Gun in its Case against Google?

We decided to pursue these questions using the advanced tools for detecting copyright infringement created by our sister company, Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering (SAFE Corporation) and …

Practice Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

The one thing that will be markedly different from federal court practice, however, is that for the most part only registered Patent Attorneys or Patent Agents will …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 3