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Investor Group Buys Half of Prince’s Tightly Controlled but Intellectual Property-Attractive Estate

With the value of his music catalogue still subject to an ongoing dispute between the trust managing his estate and the IRS, Prince, who died in 2016, has …
By Bruce Berman
15 hours ago 0

DABUS Scores Again with Win on AI Inventorship Question in Australia Court

The Federal Court of Australia on Friday ruled in Thaler v Commissioner of Patents [2021] FCA 879 that an artificial intelligence (AI) system can be an inventor under the …
By Eileen McDermott
17 hours ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: PPAC Quarterly Meeting, Pending Nominations Within the DOE’s Science Leadership, and Bills on Composite Technologies and Cybersecurity in U.S. Infrastructure

This week in Washington IP news, the House of Representatives remains quiet as it enters a scheduled district work period. However, several Senate committees will host hearings …
By IPWatchdog
19 hours ago 0

Has Ex Parte Sauerberg Gutted the Patent Act’s Safe Harbor Provision?

This article concerns the impact of Ex Parte Sauerberg, a 2017 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision, on the safe harbor provision of 35 U.S.C. § 121.  We …

How J.E.M. and Chakrabarty Make the Case for DABUS

Twenty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the first time that plants could be protected with utility patents. J.E.M. Ag Supply, Inc., …
By Kirk Hartung
2 days ago 7

Billionaire Space Race Between Bezos and Branson (and Musk) Pushes Forward Next Generation of Spaceflight Innovation

This July has been a landmark month for the commercial space sector thanks in large part to the determination of two tech billionaires: Richard Branson, business magnate …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 0

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, July 30: EU Commission Enforces Compliance with Digital Single Market Copyright Rules, German High Court Rules on Lindt Chocolate Bunny Marks and Another Setback for Gil Hyatt in Suit Against USPTO

This week in Other Barks & Bites: a German high court rules that Lindt’s gold foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies have trademark protections; Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley …
By IPWatchdog
4 days ago 0

Teaching Away, Commercial Success, and Blocking Patent Doctrines All Under the CAFC Spotlight

In The Chemours Company FC, LLC v. Daikin Industries, Ltd., Nos. 2020-1289, 2020-1290 (Fed. Cir. July 22, 2021) (“Chemours v. Daikin”), the Federal Circuit clarified three doctrines involved in …

A Closer, Evidence-Based Look at ‘Patent Quality’ Advocacy

The Patent Infringer Lobby has ramped up banging the drum about “patent quality.” They dedicated a week-long campaign to questioning "patent quality,” which its constituents regard as …
By James Edwards
5 days ago 17

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Legislation to Reduce Drug Prices, Rein in Pharma Industry Practices

Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an Executive Business Meeting in which the Committee discussed and favorably reported four bills aimed at reducing prescription drug prices …
By Eileen McDermott
5 days ago 2

DABUS Gets Its First Patent in South Africa Under Formalities Examination

South Africa’s patent office has granted the first patent for an invention conceived by an artificial intelligence (AI) inventor, DABUS. The country does not have a …
By IPWatchdog
5 days ago 19

Patent Filings Roundup: Mystery NPEs File New Suits on Old IV Assets; PTAB Discretionarily Denies 14; Causam Enterprises Launches Major Campaign

In a relatively subdued week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) saw 35 challenges and the district courts 53 new patent filings. Those challenges included a …
By Jonathan Stroud
5 days ago 0

Woods Rogers PLC is Seeking a Patent Attorney

Woods Rogers PLC is seeking a USPTO Registered Patent Attorney to join our Intellectual Property Practice Group. Candidate must be willing to assist and take initiative with …

Federal Circuit Nixes Appeal on Claims of Unfair Treatment by California Court in Pro Se Lawsuit Over Restrictions to Cancer Research

On July 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued a non-precedential decision in Siegler v. Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. in which the appellate …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 0

Second CAFC Judgeship Opens as O’Malley Retirement Announced

According to U.S. Courts and as reported by IPLaw360 earlier today, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) Judge Kathleen O’Malley announced …
By IPWatchdog
6 days ago 9