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Bio-Pharma at the U.S. Supreme Court

Since my last article here on IPWatchdog.com, the pharmaceutical industry has been simply overflowing with interesting developments, including the US Supreme Court hearing arguments concerning three …
By Ed Silverman
4 years ago 1

“Substantial Budgetary Uncertainty” for the USPTO

Late this afternoon Teresa Rea, the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, sent an …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 8

Fixing the Patent System to Improve Innovation

Settling nuisance value perpetuates the cycle, as the automobile industry discovered in the 1980s and early 1990s. Show a willingness to pay extortion-like demands and you will …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 42

Supreme Court Hears Myriad Gene Patent Challenge

If cDNA is patent eligible subject matter, as it seems likely based on the tone of the oral argument, that should be very good news for Myriad. …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 25

Samsung Awarded System of Location Tracking Designed for Parents

Patent applications published recently by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office show Samsung’s goals of developing stronger systems of software protection and user interfaces for gesture-based …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 1

The America Invents Act at Work – The Major Cause for the Recent Rise in Patent Litigation

It is ironic and highly likely that the AIA – the legislation touted by its proponents as the instrument to reduce the number of costly patent lawsuits – is …
By Ron Katznelson, Ph.D.
4 years ago 9

Forward Looking Personalized Medicine, Patent Law and Science

Social policy concerns have influenced the AMP v Myriad debate. The Supreme Court, to the extent it must make a ruling for our times, informed by societal …
By Lori Pressman
4 years ago 1

Patent Monetization Entities Filed 58% of Lawsuits in 2012

Our analysis of the full set of cases across the chosen years confirms what we saw in the smaller sample: patent infringement litigation by patent monetization entities …

RIM Seeks Patent to Address Cyber-Bullying on Social Networks

Of note, recently the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published multiple patent applications filed by Research In Motion that pertain to smarter, more efficient forms of electronic …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Frito-Lay Loses SCOOPS!® Patent, Trademark Infringement Case

Frito-Lay brought a lawsuit against Medallion Foods for allegedly trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, and dilution under United States Trademark Act. Frito-Lay also alleged willful …
By Jason Williams
4 years ago 0

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced the winners of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patents for Humanity pilot program during an …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 1

USPTO Proposes New Rules to Implement Patent Law Treaty

The notable changes in the PLTIA to implement the PLT can be generally broken down into four major categories, although there are all kinds of nuance as …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Oracle Seeks Patent for Generational Garbage Collectors

Recent patent applications filed by Oracle, and released by the USPTO, highlight the technology developer’s planned upgrades to current software systems, including dead memory retrieval by …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Carve Outs: Into The Belly of the Hatch-Waxman Beast Part 2

“Carve outs” essentially involve a situation where there is an FDA approved drug for which the generic drug maker seeks to market that drug, again through an …
By Eric Guttag
4 years ago 0

Patent Eligibility Today: Are Software Methods Patentable?

Two common criticisms of software patents, as compared to patents in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, are (a) the relatively low cost of invention; and (b) the …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0