Posts Tagged: COVID-19


Unexpectedly Active IP Legal Market Bucks Recession Trends and Boosts Outlook

At the onset of the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic in early March 2020, the legal community immediately became concerned about its economic prospects. Particularly in the intellectual property (…
By Geoffrey Lottenberg
8 days ago 0

Regeneron, Pfizer and BioNTech Accused of Infringing Allele Patent in Connection with COVID-19 Technologies

Allele Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Allele) has accused Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Regeneron); Pfizer, Inc. (Pfizer); and BioNTech SE and BioNTech US, Inc. (collectively BioNTech) for allegedly infringing …
By Rebecca Tapscott
20 days ago 1

‘Cannibalistic’ Nature of Intellectual Property System Discourages Novel Responses to COVID-19 Management

“The world is unaware of the cannibalistic nature of the current IP system and what it means for innovation and jobs,” Dan Brown, an award-winning inventor (40+ patents) …
By Bruce Berman
21 days ago 10

Brazilian Ministry of Health Accelerates Examination of Pharma Patent Applications

The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) presently offers more than 15 programs to speed up examination of patent applications. The prioritization of certain patent applications by means …
By Kene Gallois
24 days ago 0

Panelists Urge Americans to Trust IP, Trust Vaccines, Listen to Science in COVID-19 Debate

IPWatchdog’s most recent webinar focused on the role of IP in the development of the most promising vaccines to combat COVID-19 and included speakers from the …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 2

Iancu Updates Users on Filing Stats Amid Pandemic During IPO Annual Meeting Address

In his address to the Intellectual Property Owners Virtual Annual Meeting yesterday, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu said that, despite sharp declines in filings and renewals, COVID-19 seems …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 3

United States is Third Again in WIPO Global Innovation Index 2020

Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) issued the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020 report jointly with Cornell University, INSEAD and the 2020 GII Knowledge Partners, which included …
By Rebecca Tapscott
2 months ago 3

A Changing Economy Provides an Opportunity to Reassess Corporate IP Strategy

The current novel coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic fallout may provide a good opportunity to step back and reevaluate the way companies approach intellectual property. Many …
By Michael Hages
2 months ago 3

Protecting COVID-19-Related Software Innovations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, under which the USPTO will advance certain patent applications related to …

A Conversation with Andrei Iancu on the Role of Innovation and the USPTO in Combating COVID-19

I recently had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 14

No, You Can’t March in On Remdesivir

One thing you should never say in 2020 is: "Well, at least things can't get any worse." They can and often do. The latest exhibit—in the intellectual …
By Joseph Allen
3 months ago 5

Republicans Propose Legislation to Deny Visas to Those Accused of IP Theft

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced a bill titled the Protecting America from Spies Act, which targets …
By IPWatchdog
3 months ago 5

Sage Advice on Rising Above Petty Partisanship from Senator Robert Dole

Former Senator Robert Dole turned 97 last week, but he's still very much engaged in what's going on right now. He just wrote a powerful op-ed, Innovation is …
By Joseph Allen
3 months ago 2

U.S. Chamber, Business Associations to World Leaders: Support IP and Business-Friendly Policies to Combat COVID-19

On July 16, 2020, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and national business associations of the UK, France, Germany, Korea, and Canada, published an Open Letter to Heads of …
By IPWatchdog
3 months ago 1

A Misguided Op-Ed, a Key Report, and Why Holding the U.S. Lead in the Life Sciences is More Important Than Ever

Our current experiences with COVID-19 in the United States, together with headlines warning of major efforts by the Chinese and Russian governments to hack corporate, academic and …
By Joseph Allen
3 months ago 6