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There's a famous Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" which certainly applies now. It seems that every cornerstone we've relied on has slipped, creating instability in all aspects of modern life. As humorist Ogden Nash remarked: "Progress might have been all right once, but it has ...
by : Joseph Allen
On 30 Jul 2014
David KapposDave Kappos did more for PTO-academic relations than any other Commissioner or Director in the history of the Office.[1] This is a true statement, but hardly does credit to his real contributions in this area. That's for the simple reason that very few former leaders of the Patent ...
by : Robert P. Merges
On 30 Jul 2014
Peter SloaneThe multi-count Federal Complaint filed in April 2013 alleged that the defendants marketed their promotional materials to cause consumers to wrongly believe that it is an official governmental entity. The complaint asserted claims of federal unfair competition under 15 USC 1125(a), ...
by : Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
On 28 Jul 2014
Before June of 1995, the patent laws in the United States provided that the term of a utility or plant patent ended seventeen years from the date of patent grant. To comply with Article 33 of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement resulting from the Uruguay ...
by : Gene Quinn
On 28 Jul 2014
UPDATED: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:20amOver the last several days I have heard of an alarming trend from the United States Patent and Trademark Office -- Patent Examiners are canceling Notices of Allowance and yanking previously granted claims back into prosecution while citing the United ...
by : Gene Quinn
On 28 Jul 2014
Justice ThomasWith the Supreme Court's most recent foray into the patent-eligibility world in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, we now have a complete and utter disaster as to what data processing claims can (or more unfortunately cannot) survive scrutiny by Our Judicial Mount Olympus under ...
by : Eric Guttag
On 28 Jul 2014
NOTE: A version of this article was originally published by the ABA in May/June 2014 issue of LANDSLIDE, a publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. ________________________The history of film is a long one that, by some accounts, extends as far back as the early 1700s and the ...
by : Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
On 28 Jul 2014
Joseph SchumanIn other words, policy conflicts over standard essential patents (SEPs) tend to pit implementing companies against inventing-and-licensing companies, one business model against another.So when in the course of patent policymaking it becomes necessary to examine the worthiness of ...
by : Joseph Schuman
On 28 Jul 2014
A recent research report by Professor Catherine Tucker, titled The Effect of Patent Litigation and Patent Assertion Entities on Entrepreneurial Activity has received wide publicity. The report purports to document suppression of Venture Capital (VC) investments due to litigation by so-called ...
by : Ron Katznelson, Ph.D.
On 23 Jul 2014
The Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) of Santa Clara, CA, is one of the world's most successful companies in the field of semiconductor, integrated circuit and computer processor components. Recently, Intel was announced as a partner in the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), a collection of ...
by : Steve Brachmann
On 23 Jul 2014
Over the past several years the U.S. Supreme Court has slowly, but consistently, eroded what is considered patent-eligible, most recently with decisions on software[1] and gene[2] patents. In essence, the universe of patentable innovations has been diminished. And with it, the country's economic ...
by : Dr. Kristina Lybecker
On 23 Jul 2014
Ray NiroTo begin reading the interview from the start please see A Conversation with Patent Defense Litigator Ray Niro.QUINN: Given that the Obama Administration is already out in front anti-NPE, anti-patent troll, and seems to be taking the Google philosophy which is who their advisors are, it ...
by : Gene Quinn
On 21 Jul 2014
The IP Law Summit will be held from September 14, 2014, through September 16, 2014, at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Palm Beach, Florida. The event will bring together senior IP Counsel from large corporations and mid-market organizations with service providers. The Summit is an ...
by : Gene Quinn
On 21 Jul 2014
Generally speaking, "intellectual property" is probably best thought of (at least form a conceptual standpoint) as creations of the mind that are given the legal rights often associated with real or personal property. The rights that are obtained by the creator are a function of ...
by : Gene Quinn
On 21 Jul 2014
Ray NiroTo begin reading the interview from the start please see A Conversation with Patent Defense Litigator Ray Niro.QUINN: How many lawyers do you have at your firm currently?NIRO: 28. Between 28 and 31 most of the time. We are in the process of adding a few, so we're I think 28 now; we'll ...
by : Gene Quinn
On 21 Jul 2014
The Xerox Corporation Ltd. (NYSE: XRX) of Norwalk, CT, is a major American multinational corporation which offers one of the world's most extensive line of printing products, both for business and personal uses. According to industry analysis firms, this company has been the global market leader ...
by : Steve Brachmann
On 21 Jul 2014
AT&T Incorporated (NYSE: T), headquartered in Dallas, TX, is a major corporation with a storied history in the field of telecommunications. Recently, executives from both AT&T and DirecTV made arguments in favor of the merger of these two corporations, a business move which has been ...
by : Steve Brachmann
On 21 Jul 2014
Jay WalkerWALKER: Let me give you an example, Gene, that would be simple. I would like to be the nonexclusive agent for your blog in South America. All right? I think I can get people in South America to pay to read your blog. Because how it works in South America they pay to read blogs. I ...
by : Gene Quinn
On 21 Jul 2014
Ray NIroOver the past few years I have gotten to know Ray, he has written several op-ed articles for us, and about once a year we catch up with him in an on the record interview. What prompted this interview was seeing an announcement that he and his firm are now offering flat fee defense ...
by : Gene Quinn
On 21 Jul 2014
It's tough to describe what access to the Internet has meant to our contemporary society, especially in terms of technological progress in our country and across the world. It can easily be said that the spread of Internet-based technologies has revolutionized our society and brought about the ...
by : Steve Brachmann
On 21 Jul 2014
Professor Brian LoveHowever, by far the worst paper at the conference was one entitled "Do University Patents Pay Off? Evidence from a Survey of University Inventors in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering" by Professor Brian Love at the Santa Clara University School of Law. I have just ...
by : Bob Zeidman
On 16 Jul 2014