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Rethinking the Patent System: Five Ways to Make U.S. Patents a Real Investment Vehicle

The patent industry is in the doldrums. While the U.S. economy continues to endure historic, sustained growth, the stock market has skyrocketed, and new services, products, …
By Shawn Ambwani
12 hours ago 4

Bayh-Dole 40: Celebrating the Past, Protecting the Future

It's highly appropriate that the 40th anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act occurs in a year as politically contentious as that in which it passed. In 1980, many predicted …
By Joseph Allen
17 hours ago 0

Time to Close the Gap: Is the PTAB Looking at Prosecution Histories in IPRs?

If a recent decision denying institution of an inter partes review (IPR) is any indicator, the answer to the titular question seems to be no, the Board …
By Matthew McCloskey
2 days ago 6

Earth to Google: Here’s Why APIs Need to be Copyrightable

On January 6, 2020, Google submitted its brief in Google v. Oracle, kicking off the Supreme Court case that many are calling the “copyright case of the decade.” The …
By Michael Shore
2 days ago 29

This Week in Washington IP: Balancing Interests in Tech Exports, Predictive Analytics in Criminal Justice and Energy Storage Innovation

This week in Washington IP events, it’s quiet on Capitol Hill as both the House of Representatives and the Senate enter work periods for the week …
By IPWatchdog
2 days ago 2

Six Years After Alice: 61.8% of U.S. Patents Issued in 2019 Were ‘Software-Related’—up 21.6% from 2018

As an update to my posts from 2017 and 2019, it has now been more than six years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice Corp. v. CLS …
By Raymond Millien
3 days ago 14

New USPTO Trademark Rules Seek to Streamline Filing and Crack Down on Fraud, But Could Increase Spam

New rules governing all trademark filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) went into effect two days ago, on February 15. Although the headline is …

WIPO and U.S. Copyright Office Team Up to Talk Copyright in the Age of AI

Earlier this month, the U.S. Copyright Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held a joint event titled, “Copyright in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” (…
By Michelle Sara King
3 days ago 2

Why eBay v. MercExchange Should, But Won’t, Be Overruled

As anyone who follows the United States Supreme Court knows, the Court has historically been extremely fond of taking important cases with cutting edge issues, only to …
By Gene Quinn
4 days ago 38

Identifying the Crucial Qualities of Great IP Managers

IPWatchdog readers know the importance of capturing IP, whether it is patents, trademarks, copyrights, or trade secrets. This article isn’t detailing technical tips for filing patents …
By Curtis Droege
5 days ago 13

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, February 14: Federal Circuit Orders Case Against Google Out of Eastern Texas, DOJ Indicts Huawei on Trade Secrets, and USPTO Faces Backlash Over Email Address Requirement

This week in Other Barks & Bites: The Federal Circuit issues precedential decisions in patent cases involving data centers as “regular and established place of business,” the Section 315 …
By IPWatchdog
6 days ago 2

Oracle Files Opening Brief at U.S. Supreme Court in Copyright Fight with Google

In the latest stage of the Supreme Court battle between Oracle America, Inc. (Oracle) and Google, Oracle filed its opening brief with the Court on February 12. Google’…
By Nancy Braman
6 days ago 1

Senate IP Subcommittee Kicks Off Year-Long Review of Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) this week held the first in a series of eight tentative hearings scheduled for this year on the …
By Eileen McDermott
7 days ago 6

Space Force, Star Trek, and Strange New Worlds of Trademark Infringement

On January 24, 2020, the United States Space Force logo hit the news — and the photon torpedoes began to fly. Almost instantly, those familiar with the Star Trek Starfleet …
By James Creedon
7 days ago 4

Let the Music Play: The Performance Rights License Marketplace Thrives Only with Vigilant Antitrust Enforcement

On January 26, CBS broadcast the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, which celebrated America’s finest recording artists and songwriters. Drawing a global audience with performances by super stars …