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Only 1 in 20,631 ex parte appeals designated precedential by PTAB

PTAB decisions are predominately given one of three classifications: precedential, informative or routine. Only precedential decisions are to serve as binding authority. Informative decisions may serve as …

PTAB Wonderland: Statistics show Alice PTAB interpretation not favorable to patent applicants

The United States Supreme Court is commonly known to resolve difficult issues of law. Yet, Alice v. CLS Bank[ii], last year’s unanimous Supreme Court decision, …
By Eli Mazour & James Bennin
3 years ago 7

Western U.S. drought sparks innovation in irrigation management, desalination

A push for innovation to solve the water crisis has been kickstarted this summer in some part due to an executive order from California Governor Jerry Brown …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 1

Invention to Patent 101 – Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

So you have an idea and want to file a patent application? There are a number of things that you need to know about the invention and …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 2

Software Patents and Murphy’s Law: Uncertainty is Where Patentability Resides

It is not as easy to get software patents as it once was, but software is still patent eligible in the United States. Broadly speaking, software patents …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Overcoming obstacles when enforcing your descriptive brand in the UK and rest of Europe

We've all been there. The Marketing team comes up with a shortlist of branding ideas for the latest product or service – and at the top of the …
By Nick Aries
3 years ago 0

Federal Circuit Affirms $15 Million Damages Award Against Samsung

Summit 6 LLC (“Summit”) sued Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (collectively “Samsung”) and others alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,765,482 (“the ’482 patent”), which …

Patent owner must seek remedy in Federal Court of Claims for alleged TSA infringement

Astornet sued NCR Government Systems, MorphoTrust, and BAE Systems Inc., alleging that they supplied the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) with certain boarding pass scanning systems, and that …

To the Batmobile! Copyright Saves the Day in Gotham City

Mark Towle owns Gotham Garage, which manufactures and sells replicas of automobiles featured in famous motion pictures and television programs. Gotham Garage specifically sold fully constructed cars …
By Brian Focarino
3 years ago 0

Pharmaceutical greed makes Martin Shkreli public enemy #1

On August 10th, the rights to sell Daraprim were bought from Impax Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ:IPXL) of Hayward, CA, by Turing Pharmaceuticals, a privately held company with …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 11

A false patent reform narrative – The Innovation Act is not about small businesses

you continually hear from Members of Congress, Staffers and those giant companies pushing for weaker patents that the goal of the bill is nothing more than to …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 13

Google+, Twitter joint venture highlights growing social media news reporting activities

Social media has been getting a lot more serious about the business of breaking news to a massive online readership. In the middle of September, Facebook launched …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Fat cats have the patent system perpetually on the brink

The stark reality of how government operates leaves us with a patent system that will be perpetually on the brink. Giant corporations have become effectively insulated from …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 31

A Provocative Idea That Turns Out to be Wrong

A very troublesome flaw in Talent Wants to be Free is that the author frequently conflates non-compete agreements with two other very common forms of employee restraints: …
By James Pooley
3 years ago 4

Samsung innovation surges ahead in mobile payments, automotive tech and robotics

Samsung’s smart television technologies, which utilize an IP address to provide additional content to complement typical broadcast television, will get a boost from the innovation described …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0