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Other Barks & Bites for Friday, March 5: China Leads World in 2020 PCT Filings, Copyright Office Issues Rules on Music Modernization Act, and USIJ Urges President Biden to Pick Patent-Friendly USPTO Director

This week in Other Barks & Bites: USIJ’s letter to President Biden urges him to select a USPTO Director who understands the important role of IP in …
By IPWatchdog
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Balancing Innovation and Competition: Thomas Jefferson’s View of Obviousness for Mechanical Inventions

You cannot get a patent for an invention if it would have been obvious to a person of ordinary skill in the art at the time. This …
By John Cordani
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Massive Jury Verdict for VLSI Sets Stage for ‘Efficient Infringement’ Debate

On Tuesday, March 2, a jury verdict  entered into the Western District of Texas awarded $2.175 billion in damages to VLSI Technologies for patent infringement committed by multinational tech …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 2

Professors Tell SCOTUS to Correct the CAFC’s ‘Profound Misunderstanding’ in American Axle Case

In one of six amicus briefs filed this week in American Axle & Manufacturing v. Neapco Holdings, LLC—the closely-watched Section 101 patent eligibility case involving driveshaft automotive technology—…
By Eileen McDermott
2 days ago 4

Design Patents: Under Utilized and Overlooked

Once upon a time, one of the ways you could spot scams from legitimate operators in the patent industry was to look at who was directing clients …
By Gene Quinn
2 days ago 3

Patent Filings Roundup: Neodron Settles En Masse; Pineapple34 Expresses Interest Over Old IV Patents; Pharma IPR Denied Over Prosecution History, Secondary Considerations Evidence

A light week at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) saw two post grant reviews (PGRs) and 16 inter partes reviews (IPRs) filed, while the District Court …
By Jonathan Stroud
3 days ago 0

What to Know About the European Patent Office 2021 Guidelines for Examination: Part I – CII and Procedural Changes

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently published its Guidelines for Examination 2021, which came into force on March 1. The trend towards an accurate and detailed explanation of substantive …
By Andrea Perronace
3 days ago 3

Deciding Where to Obtain International Patent Rights

Determining where to seek patent rights is an important and expensive decision. If you know you are going to want international patent protection, the best, most cost-effective …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 2

Setting the Record Straight on NIST’s Public Meeting: No, Senators Bayh and Dole Didn’t Sell Out Their Law

As we all know by now, we live in mean-spirited times. A galling example occurred during the February 25 public meeting held by the National Institute of Standards …
By Joseph Allen
4 days ago 3

Amici and Practitioners Attempt to Read the Arthrex Tea Leaves

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the most closely-watched patent case of the term, United States / Smith & Nephew v. Arthrex. IPWatchdog reached out to some …
By IPWatchdog
4 days ago 9

The New Copyright Small Claims Board Presents Problems for Copyright Owners and Small Businesses

Creative people need a quick, efficient and inexpensive way to recover damages for copyright infringement. They need a place to submit their charge of infringement and collect …
By William Honaker
4 days ago 0

SCOTUS Dubs PTAB/APJ Structure a ‘Rare Bird’, Pushes for Workable Remedies in Arthrex Oral Arguments

The Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court today heard arguments in United States/ Smith & Nephew v. Arthrex, in which the Court will decide whether the administrative …
By Eileen McDermott
5 days ago 14

Tillis, Michel, and Kappos File Amici Curiae in American Axle at Supreme Court

On Monday,, March 2, an Amici Curiae Brief in Support of the Petition by American Axle was filed by Senator Thom Tillis, Honorable Paul Michel and Honorable David …

This Week in Washington IP: Aligning Medicare and Telehealth During COVID-19, Library of Congress Budget Hearing and Balancing Privacy and Innovation in Virtual Reality Tech

This week in Washington IP news, the House of Representatives hosts a pair of hearings that may interest IP enthusiasts: the House Legislative Branch Subcommittee will convene …
By IPWatchdog
5 days ago 1

NYIPLA Tells SCOTUS to Scrap CAFC’s ‘Per Se’ Approach to Assignor Estoppel in Minerva v. Hologic

Minerva Surgical, Inc. petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in September 2020 to consider the question “whether a defendant in a patent infringement action who …
By La'Cee Conley
5 days ago 0

From Home Security to VoIP: Honoring Black Women Inventors of the Last Half-Century

Throughout February, we have recognized some of the earliest Black women inventors, beginning with Martha Jones in 1868 and her patent directed to a corn husker, ending with …
By Rebecca Tapscott
6 days ago 0