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The Plight of the Public Sector Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur isn't easy. While it is a tough road for anyone, it's particularly tough if you're in the public sector and threatened by politicians... Rather, …
By Joseph Allen
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Digital Health Patent Trends under 35 U.S.C. 101 post Alice

Partway into 2017, digital health technology companies have continued to raise impressive sums of venture funding. As the market for products such as health-related mobile applications, medical wearables, …

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Impression Products v. Lexmark International

On Tuesday, March 21st, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. The case surrounding the sale and resale …
By Steve Brachmann
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Governments’ Thumb on the Scales

These government agencies target successful, inventive U.S. firms. They politicize their processes and disregard the exclusivity that rightfully belongs to patent owners. They take away private …
By James Edwards
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University of California seeks assignment of nanopore patents from former grad student

At the center of the legal spat is the proper assignation of a series of patents covering DNA sequencing technologies, which UC alleges were developed while the …
By Steve Brachmann
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Patent Market Trends and the Key Factors Impacting Patent Valuation

While patent portfolios are entering the market other patent portfolios continue to leave the market having been purchased. Asking prices seem to have also reached an equilibrium …
By Gene Quinn
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Appeal seeks to revive copyright case targeting Led Zeppelin classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’

On March 15th, an appeal filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (9th Cir.) gave new life to a copyright battle that …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 0

The rise of eSports creates a complicated relationship with IP

Recently, eSports have exploded in popularity to the point that college conferences, such as the Big 10, are now fielding eSports teams. Patented technologies and partnerships in the …

Progressive house DJ deadmau5 targeted in trademark suit by Meowingtons cat-themed apparel retailer

Meowingtons is seeking to prevent Zimmerman from using a series of marks employing the term “MEOWINGTONS” as well as the destruction of all physical and digital goods …
By Steve Brachmann
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Director Lee forms USPTO Working Group on Regulatory Reform

According to the announcement, the members of the USPTO Working Group will also make up the USPTO regulatory Reform Task Force... The names of the members of …
By Gene Quinn
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CAFC Affirms Attorney Fees Awarded Under ‘Holistic and Equitable’ Evaluation of Case

In conclusion, the Court held the district court did not abuse its discretion in determining that, under the totality of circumstances, this was an exceptional case, and …

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB Anticipation Decision and Clarifies Kennameta

Anticipation can arise when the disclosure of a limited number of alternative combinations discloses the one that is claimed. However, a reference does not anticipate because an …

Mentor Graphics v. Synopsys: Affirmed-in-Part, Reversed-in-Part, Vacated-in-Part, and Remanded

Various Synopsys parties and EVE-USA, Inc. (collectively “Synopsys”) sued Mentor Graphics, seeking a declaration that Mentor’s ’376, ’531, and ’176 patents were invalid and not infringed. Mentor counterclaimed for …

Ericsson publishes FRAND licensing rates for 5G/NR after Qualcomm sued for chip licensing activities

On March 3rd, Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson publicly announced its fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms and conditions for the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs) for 5…
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 0

Is the Supreme Court breathtakingly dishonest or just completely clueless?

In Star Athletica Breyer laments that the majority is ignoring the statute, refers to copyrights as a monopoly, and explains that copyrights are a tax on consumers... …
By Gene Quinn
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CAFC upholds invalidation of patent application covering patient data management tech under Alice

On Monday, March 13th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision upholding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) finding …
By Steve Brachmann
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Hysteria over creeping bentgrass leads to Oregon bill targeting GMO patent owners

In early February, a bill was introduced into the Oregon House of Representatives, which could make the state seem much less friendly to patent owners, specifically those …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 5

Copyrights at the Supreme Court: Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

On Wednesday, March 22nd, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in a copyright case, which clarifies federal copyright law surrounding whether features incorporated into …