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Jarno Vanto, Cybersecurity Lawyer, Joins Polsinelli’s IP Department as Shareholder

Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 firm with offices in 20 cities across the U.S., announced that Jarno Vanto joined as shareholder in its New York office. Vanto is …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 0

Cruel and Unusual: Rumors swirl, still no answer on PTO Director

Fresh rumors surfaced late last night, however, suggesting that Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld is currently Acting Director of the USPTO. Two independent sources also told us …

Free Webinar: How Bad Data Leads to Bad Decisions

Join me on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 12pm ET for a free webinar discussion that will focus on decision making for dealmakers. This free webinar will approach this …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 0

The Bottom Line on Trump’s PTO: Michelle Lee Must Go

One thing you learn early on in the Conservative Movement is the maxim, Personnel Is Policy. For a new administration pledged to turn the ship of state …
By James Edwards
1 month ago 17

How to Write Enforceable Non-Compete Agreements

One of the most egregious reasons that states make non-compete agreements (NCAs) unenforceable remains the broadness of the agreements that for all practical purposes bans an individual …
By Derek Handova
1 month ago 1

Validity of bottle cap patent upheld in IPR thanks to market success in Peru

The patent owner made a successful argument regarding secondary considerations, specifically relating to the success of the bottle cap in the country of Peru, which led in …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Pro Bono Efforts by Fish & Richardson Yield Clemency Grants by President Obama

Fish & Richardson announced that it has obtained clemency for five pro bono clients the firm represented through the firm's participation in The Clemency Project. The Clemency Project …
By Press Releases
1 month ago 0

Commerce Department website contradicts itself on status of Michelle Lee as USPTO Director

Although the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to decline comment on the status of Michelle Lee, as of 3:49pm EST on Monday, January 23, 2017, the …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 38

USPTO continues to decline comment on status of Michelle Lee

The first full work week for the Trump Administration begins in earnest today, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to decline comment on …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 7

Mayo v. Prometheus: A lawless decision by an omnipotent Court wreaking havoc on patents

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision this is what I know — Mayo is a lawless decision by a Court that has become …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 29

Qualcomm, Sony, LG targeted by Section 337 complaint over patents practiced by Intel processors

On Wednesday, January 18th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) began a probe into a Section 337 patent infringement complaint involving graphics processors and memory controllers against …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Silicon Valley Patent Boutique Joins Squire Patton Boggs

Silicon Valley intellectual property boutique Fernando & Partners, LLP has joined Squire Patton Boggs in Palo Alto, the firm announced, bolstering its expertise in electrical/electronic devices and …
By Press Releases
1 month ago 0

Senate Commerce Committee seems comfortable with Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce

In his opening remarks, Ross noted that he had been a consumer of various forms of data published by various agencies within the commerce department. He seemed …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 1

Ex parte Itagaki: Has the PTAB gone too far in invalidating patents under 35 USC 101

When addressing the issue of generality vs. particularity, we come across a situation where the inventors described the most crucial aspect of the invention, the classification unit, …

Employment Agreements: Employers Need To Pay Attention to Growing Government Activism

In the past, employers typically only needed to be concerned that confidentiality and non-compete clauses in their employment agreements may be challenged either by departing employees who …