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In the Senate the Judiciary Committee is where any action relating to intellectual property reform will be played out Key Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee including Senators Grassley Cronyn and Hatch are on record as saying that more…

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This will be the first time that Lee has had a confirmation hearing The timing suggests that the Obama Administration and Senator Reid think that they can get Lee confirmed prior to the end of this Congressional session which…

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In recent weeks news has come out that Phil Johnson's nomination as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office is dead It seems to be dead due to the protest of at least one Senator on the…

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While Senator Leahy said that he hopes to be able to return to patent reform this year the legislative calendar does not look good Now removed from the Committee calendar patent reform seems to dead for this Congress No…

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Sen McCaskill introduced S in February which would require the FTC to promulgate rules to prohibit unfair and deceptive acts and practice in the sending of patent demand letters including requiring each such letter to identify the patent number…

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U S patent litigation has followed the centuries-old American Rule under which each party to a litigation pays its own legal fees and costs regardless whether it wins or loses the litigation A narrow exception exists in patent cases…

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Today Congress is under another call to weaken patent protection This time the alleged culprit is a so-called patent troll who according to some reports hijacks inventions and while providing no product and therefore no societal value extorts billions…

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turned out to be a very big year for IP and especially patents and the year took a course that few would have predicted this time last year At that time the senior team at the PTO was primarily…

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As the end of approaches and I look back on what has transpired I am saddened to see that through the year patent rights have continued to erode Make no mistake about it at every turn patent rights are…

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A recurring theme that can be traced through the patent reforms of the AIA to the current debate over patent litigation abuse is the issue of patent quality A key component of the reported abuses is the assertion of…

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While in the Solicitor's Office at the USPTO Chen's notable Federal Circuit arguments included In re Bilski In re Nuijten and In re Comiskey While I disagreed with the Federal Circuit decision in each of those cases I still…

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Litigation always factors into the pharmaceutical world but the US Supreme Court commanded a special place in recent days The high court figured in no fewer than four contentious issues that not surprisingly play a vital role in how…

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