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The Only Way to Counter False Claims on Patent Reform is to Enter the Debate

Coverage of the ongoing patent reform debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee by the popular press has been alarmist and largely incorrect. For example, even just yesterday—…
By Gene Quinn
9 days ago 12

This Week on Capitol Hill: Drone Security Developments, Clean Energy Innovations, and Think Tanks Look at Patent Reform and Drug Pricing

This week, the U.S. Senate will hold hearings on enhancing drone innovation and addressing cybersecurity concerns; reducing prescription drug prices; and developments in geothermal energy technologies. …
By IPWatchdog
9 days ago 1

Forging Ahead After Losing an Alice Appeal

It’s tough to fight on after losing an Alice appeal, but that’s just what most applicants are doing. An “Alice appeal” is an appeal of …
By Mark Nowotarski
9 days ago 6

Supreme Court Denies 43rd Petition for Cert on 101 Grounds in Villena v. Iancu

Villena v. Iancu (Supreme Court Dkt. No. 18-1223), which is the 43rd patent eligibility case to be considered for certiorari since the notorious Alice Corp. decision, was …

A Look at Google’s Patent Applications for Light Field Technology

Google’s U.S. patent application 20190124318—originally assigned to Lytro, an American developer of light-field cameras, before it went defunct in March 2018—was published in April 2019. Google …
By Benjamin Joe
11 days ago 3

Federal Circuit to University of Minnesota: No State Sovereign Immunity For You

The Federal Circuit today ruled that The University of Minnesota (UMN)—an arm of the state of Minnesota—is not protected by state sovereign immunity from a …
By Eileen McDermott
12 days ago 24

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, June 14: TERM Act Targets Patent Evergreening, Senate Patent Eligibility Hearings Wrap, and Huawei Seeks Patent Licenses From Verizon

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the Supreme Court’s decision in Return Mail prohibits the federal government from petitioning for America Invents Act (AIA) patent validity …
By IPWatchdog
12 days ago 0

Last Week at the PTAB: Apple Loses Joinder Motion, Comcast and Flywheel Succeed on Petitions, IBM Escapes Expedia Challenge

Last week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued 51 institution decisions, with denials narrowly edging out institutions by a 26-25 margin. In a decision on six …
By IPWatchdog
13 days ago 0

IPWatchdog to Host Its First-Ever Annual Meeting and Conference Next March

IPWatchdog will host its first Annual Meeting and Conference from March 15-18, 2020. The event will take place at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson in Dallas, Texas. Registration will …
By Gene Quinn
13 days ago 1

Huawei/CNEX and the Role of Trade Secrets in the U.S.-China Trade War

In late May, news reports surfaced regarding allegations of trade secret theft committed by Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies that had been made in an Eastern District …
By Steve Brachmann
14 days ago 2

Beware of Foreign Filing License Requirements

Most U.S. patent practitioners are keenly aware of the foreign filing license requirement for filing of U.S. patent applications abroad. Since it is common for …
By Ryan Cagle
14 days ago 5

Final Panelists at Senate 101 Hearings Stress Real-World Effects of Status Quo, Tillis Signals Changes to Draft Text

After three hearings and 45 witnesses, there were few new fundamental arguments advanced for or against reforming patent eligibility law at today’s final Senate IP Subcommittee hearing …
By Eileen McDermott
15 days ago 25

Bayh-Dole Rocks While the Critics Play the Same False Note

A just-released study co-sponsored by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and AUTM provides new evidence of the significant contribution academic patent licensing makes to the U.S. …
By Joseph Allen
15 days ago 0

Two Observations on Last Week’s Senate Hearings on Patent Eligibility Reform

Last week, all eyes were on the first two days of historic Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee Hearings, led by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chair of the Subcommittee, …
By Gene Quinn
16 days ago 18

SCOTUS Ruling in Return Mail Delivers Blow to Government Use of IPRs

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service in which the 6-3 majority held that the …
By Steve Brachmann
16 days ago 6