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Patents for Humanity Announced at White House Event

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 @ 1:45 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 13 comments
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Posted in: Department of Commerce, Gene Quinn, IP News, Articles, Patents, Technology & Innovation, USPTO

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, January 24, 2012.

In the annual State of the Union Address President Obama explained: “Innovation is what America has always been about.”  Today the Obama Administration took major steps forward to collaboratively work with private industry to tap American ingenuity to assist in a world-wide humanitarian effort.  The United States government will work with the private sector, universities, and non-profits to foster game-changing innovations with the potential to solve long-standing development challenges in health, food security and environmental sustainability.

I had the honor of being invited to the White House today for the Innovation for Global Development Event, which was held in support of the President’s commitment to using harness the power of innovation to solve long-standing global development challenges.  As a part of this event, David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, launched a pilot program dubbed Patents for Humanity, which is a voluntary prize competition for patent owners and licensees.  The pilot program seeks to encourage businesses of all kinds to apply their patented technology to addressing the world’s humanitarian challenges.

A Special Thank You to Our Guest Contributors!

Posted: Friday, Dec 2, 2011 @ 5:13 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 3 comments
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Posted in: Authors, Blogs & Websites, Gene Quinn, IP News, Articles

As you may have seen, has been named to the ABA Blawg 100, which recognizes the top 100 blogs on the Internet written by lawyers for lawyers.  This marks the third year in a row we have been honored by the American Bar Association Journal as a top 100 blog.

Now the voting begins. Last year we were voted the top IP Law blog and greatly appreciate the support we received.  Once again this year we are in the same category — IP Law — as is Professor Dennis Crouch’s widely popular PatentlyO blog.  If you are inclined to vote for us we would once again greatly appreciate your support.

Over the years has continued to try and add additional perspectives from a wide variety of guest contributors, ranging from well respected practicing attorneys and agents to high profile academics to inventors and pro-patent lobbyists. It is hard to imagine providing such depth of analysis on such an array of topics without having truly wonderful guest authors.  So we take this moment to say a very special thank you and to shine the spotlight on them. Each deserve to share in any recognition of  While I am loathe to single any guests out I would be remiss if I didn’t separately thank both Beth Hutchens (10 contributions) and Eric Guttag (9 contributions)!

Without further ado, here are the guest contributors in alphabetical order, along with their contributions for 2011.

An Exclusive Interview with Ted Olson & David Boies

Posted: Monday, May 30, 2011 @ 9:44 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | Comments Off
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Posted in: Gene Quinn, Interviews & Conversations, IP News, Articles

Ted Olson at UNH Law, 5/26/11

Several days ago I flew to New Hampshire to visit my alma mater, the University of New Hampshire School of Law, to attend an ABA Task Force hearing on the state of the judiciary.  More precisely, the ABA Task Force is about the crisis in the judiciary.  The co-chairs of the Task Force are Ted Olson and David Boies, who are undoubtedly the two most famous attorneys in the United States.  I had the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with Olson and Boies immediately prior to the start of the hearings.  Indeed, it was an honor and a privilege to sit down for a discussion with these two icons of our industry.

The pair were famously on opposite sides of Gore v. Bush at the United States Supreme Court, with Boies representing Vice-President Gore and Olson representing then Governor Bush.  More recently they teamed up to collectively fight the California ban on gay marriage.  Even more recently, and currently ongoing, they are on opposing sides of the NFL lockout and labor dispute, with Olson representing the players and Boies representing the NFL owners.  Whatever your position on these and the many other high-profile cases they have been involved with, it is clear that Olson and Boies are legal royalty.

Judiciary Crisis: ABA Task Force Seeks to Preserve Justice

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:52 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 5 comments
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From L to R: Ted Olson, UNH Dean John Broderick, David Boies

Today I am in New Hampshire, back at the place where my legal career began almost 19 years ago.  At the time the school was known as Franklin Pierce Law Center, today it is the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  Over the years the building has changed, there are some new faces but also the long-time familiar faces are great to see.

I have returned to the University of New Hampshire School of Law for an American Bar Association Task Force hearing.  The Task Force is on the Preservation of the Justice System, and is chaired by perhaps the two most well-known lawyers in the United States, David Boies and Ted Olson.  Boies and Olson are the lawyers who represented Vice President Al Gore and President George Bush at the United States Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore, with Olson representing Bush and Boies representing Gore.  They are frequently on opposite sides of extremely high profile cases, and in fact are on opposites sides of the NFL labor litigation presently, with Boies representing the Owners and Olson representing the players.  Olson and Boies are lending their considerable clout to shining light on a true crisis — an inadequately funded Judiciary.