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Early Computer Programming Guru Passes Away
February 28, 2020
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
The inventor of the ubiquitous “cut- copy- paste” function for digital documents, Larry Tesler, passed away on Feb. 16 at the age of 74 at his home in Portola Valley, California. Tesler, who grew up in the Bronx, became interested in computers in the 1950’s, as a new emerging technology, when he saw them as a means to predict presidential elections. Tesler taught himself computer programming before going t.......
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2019 U.S. Patents Hit All Time High
February 20, 2020
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a record number of patents in 2019.  The 333,350 patents granted in 2019 was a 15% increase over 2018.  As usual, IBM led the way with 9,262 new patents in 2019.  This is the 27th consecutive year that IBM was the #1 patentee for U.S. patents.  The other top 10 patentees were Samsung Electronics, Canon, Microsoft, Intel, LG Electronics, Apple, F.......
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Disappointment for DABUS as the EPO and UKIPO Conclude Artificial Intelligence Cannot be Named an Inventor
February 12, 2020
Post by Tina G. Yin Sowatzke, Pharm.D.
Tina G Yin-Sowatzke The European Patent Office (EPO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) recently tackled an issue that has sparked much discussion involving artificial intelligence (AI) innovation. Two patent applications were recently filed via the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, China, Korea, and Taiwan, naming DABUS—a.......
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U.S. and Mexico Patent Offices to Collaborate
January 29, 2020
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
  Yesterday, January 28,2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) signed an agreement which is expected to expedite issuance of patents in Mexico for owners of US patents.  The two agencies will now cooperate in a process that lets the IMPI have access to USPTO examination results for a Mexican patent application having a.......
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2019 Trade Secret Law Developments
January 22, 2020
Post by Jonathan L. Kennedy
Since the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) in 2016, there have been questions as to how the law would be applied in trade secret litigations. 2019 provided indicators on some trends in the application of the law as well as its interplay with state trade secret claims. Two issues of particular relevance were (1) interpretation of the timing requirements for filing a claim for trade secret .......
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Trademarks Filed for OK, Boomer
January 21, 2020
Post by Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson
There are now at least nine pending trademark applications incorporating “OK Boomer.” The applicants notably include Fox Media, who wishes to use the mark for a television series. It appears the applicants are unlikely to receive rights in the mark because the memed-to-death slogan conveys ordinary or familiar concepts or sentiments, as well as social, political, religious, or similar informational messa.......
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Supreme Court Declines to Further Deal with 101
January 16, 2020
Post by Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.
            On January 13, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in five additional patent cases involving 101, including Athena, Vanda, and Berkheimer. Many sides, including industry, academics, and the government, were encouraging the Supreme Court to uptake at least one case in order to help clarify or define the Alice/Mayo framework. However, even .......
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Supreme Court Passes on 101 Patent Eligibility
January 14, 2020
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
On January 13, the US Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari by Athena Diagnostics seeking the highest Court’s review of patent eligibility under 35. USC 101. The petition relates to the en banc decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Athena Diagnostics v. Mayo on July 3, 2019, wherein the appellate Court ruled that the medical diagnostic invention of the patent w.......
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When YouTubers Cry: Prince Concert Videos Deemed Not Fair Use
January 10, 2020
Post by Nicholas J. Krob
Last week, U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin granted summary judgment in favor of the estate of the late artist Prince regarding its claim of copyright infringement against Kian Andrew Habib, who had previously posted six Prince concert videos to his YouTube channel. In doing so, Judge Sorokin rejected Habib’s fair use defense, claiming Habib’s arguments had “miss[ed] the mark.” Perhaps the only thing l.......
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Notable Works Entering the Public Domain in 2020
January 09, 2020
Post by Brandon W. Clark
  The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it. Currently, a copyright’s term is for life of the author plus 70 years, or 95 years from .......
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