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Update on "Patent Troll" Legislation in the Wake of the 2014 Elections
December 17, 2014

    Post by Luke Holst In December of 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the "Innovation Act," ostensibly to address the problem of abusive patent litigation, sometimes referred to as patent trolling. While H.R. 3309 passed with bipartisan support by an overwhelming margin of 325-91 votes, its companion bill failed to clear the Senate. Failure of the Senate bill is attributable to r....... Read More


    USPTO Releases New Guidelines on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility
    December 16, 2014

      Post by Dan LorentzenThe USPTO today released new Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility. The new guidance comes nearly 9 months after the first set of "2014 Procedure For Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws Of Nature/Natural Principles, Natural Phenomena, And/Or Natural Products" were released in March 2014. The March guidelines sought to implement new pr....... Read More


      USPTO Publishes its 2014 Patent Public Advisory Committee Annual Report
      December 03, 2014

        By Jonathan KennedyThe Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) for the USPTO published itsAnnual Report for the 2014 fiscal year. The annual report is directed to the President of the United States and addresses many issues faced in the previous fiscal year, summaries of goals met, and recommendations for the future. The 2014 report expressed concerns over the effect of sequestration and the USPTO's budget........ Read More


        STEM Education Linked to Increased Innovation, Patenting
        November 07, 2014

          An interesting new discussion paper from John V. Winters at Oklahoma State University highlights the connection between foreign and native college graduates with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees and per capita patenting. The data appear to disclose that the amount of STEM degrees per metropolitan area significantly increases the amount of patents issued per area. This correlation is also s....... Read More


          2014 World Food Day and Borlaug Dialogue Takes Place in Des Moines Iowa
          October 17, 2014

            Post by Jill Link The 2014 theme for World Food Day was “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.” This event took place during the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium held in Des Moines, Iowa. MVS was represented by attorney Scott Johnson to honor the 2014 Laureate, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram for his work in developing wheat varieties. The various events taking place this week are....... Read More


            FDA Releases First "Purple Book" for Biosimilar Products
            October 01, 2014

              The Biosimilars Act (BSA) was passed into law on March 23, 2010 with the goal of encouraging the market entry of generic products, similar to the system that exists for generic drugs under the Hatch-Waxman Act. The BSA sets forth an abbreviated approval pathway for biologics through a regulatory demonstration of biosimilarity (i.e. interchangeability). More than 4 years after the BSA went into effect, the FDA h....... Read More


              Should Trade Secret Misappropriation be Federalized?
              September 17, 2014

                The legal community (along with bipartisan legislation) has been discussing the creation of a private cause of action under federal laws for trade secret misappropriation – or trade secret theft. In light increased cyber-espionage and the apparent ease in which trade secrets can be misappropriated in the marketplace, Congress has taken an apparent interest in "strengthening" trade secret protection....... Read More


                USPTO Cancels Washington, D.C. NFL Franchise's Trademark Registrations
                June 19, 2014

                  The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a decision yesterday cancelling six federal trademark registrations owned by the Washington, D.C. National Football League franchise. The cancellation proceeding was brought by five Native American petitioners on the basis that the marks disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a). The Trademark Trial and....... Read More


                  USPTO Glossary Pilot Program
                  June 16, 2014

                    The USPTO has instituted a new program, the Glossary Pilot Program, which began June 2, 2014. The program will allow applicants for computer-related inventions to petition to make special entry into the Glossary Pilot Program with the filing of an application. Applications accepted into this pilot program will receive expedited processing and be placed on an examiner’s special docket prior to the first offic....... Read More


                    Jury Returns Verdict for Apple in Patent Infringement Suit
                    May 06, 2014

                      On Friday, May 2, 2014 a jury found Samsung Electronics Co. ("Samsung") liable for infringing two patents owned by Apple, Inc. ("Apple"). The two patents are U.S. Patent No.5,946,647, which is directed to systems and methods that analyze text for things that can be hyperlinked, e.g., email addresses, websites, and phone numbers, and then provides quick link options; and U.S. Patent No.8,046,72....... Read More


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