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Patent Reform Unleashing Innovation, Promoting Economic Growth & Producing High-Paying Jobs

House Committee on the Judiciary: Background on H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act: “On June 23 the House overwhelmingly approved HR 1249, the America Invents Act, by a vote of 304-117. H.R. 1249 updates our patent system to encourage innovation, job creation, and economic growth. The last major patent re­form was nearly 60 years ago.Continue Reading

FTC Report Examines How Authorized Generics Affect the Pharmaceutical Market

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission issued a final report, Authorized Generic Drugs: Short-Term Effects and Long-Term Impact, that concludes when pharmaceutical companies introduce an authorized generic version of their brand-name drug, it can reduce both retail and wholesale drug prices. The report also found that authorized generics have a substantial effect on the revenuesContinue Reading

Patent Trolls

“Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries.” ThisContinue Reading

FTC Report Recommends Improvements in Patent System

News release: “A new Federal Trade Commission report recommends improvements to two areas of patent law policies affecting how well a patent gives notice to the public of what technology is protected and remedies for patent infringement. The report, The Evolving IP Marketplace: Aligning Patent Notice and Remedies with Competition, emphasizes that the patent systemContinue Reading

WIPO Launches On-line Tool to Assist in Filing International Trademark Applications

News release: “WIPO launched on December 20, 2010 an on-line tool – the Madrid System Goods & Services Manager (G&S Manager) – that will help trademark applicants in compiling the list of goods and services that must be submitted when filing an international application under the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks. TheContinue Reading

International Trade Commission Launches Tariff Infringement Investigation of Apple

News release: The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain portable electronic devices and related software. The products at issue in this investigation are portable electronic devices that utilize certain power management methods and may incorporate hardware and software for telephone directories within mobile telephone systems. The investigation isContinue Reading

IBM Patent Application – 'Platform for Capturing Knowledge'

IBM Patent Application: Platform for Capturing Knowledge, September 10, 2009: “A platform used for capturing knowledge. More specifically, a framework configured to capture expert knowledge (e.g., of trained and/or skilled workers) for future instructional purposes (e.g., training of a younger, or less experienced, workforce). The platform comprises a knowledge recorder, instructional design tool, standardized XML,Continue Reading

Guide: Anatomy of a Patent Case

Anatomy of a Patent Case, George F. Pappas, 2009, 154 pages “Anatomy of a Patent Case is a concise, narrative summary of the steps required to bring a patent case to trial and of the key elements of such litigation.The central objective of the manual is to inform judges and lawyers not familiar with patentContinue Reading

ACLU Challenges Patents On Breast Cancer Genes

News release: “The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation, a not-for-profit organization affiliated with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (PUBPAT), filed a lawsuit today charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer stifle research that could lead to cures and limit women’s options regarding their medicalContinue Reading

April 17 Public Hearing in Washington, DC to Focus on Intellectual Property

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission announced the fourth in a series of public hearings exploring the evolving market for intellectual property. These hearings, to be held April 17, 2009, in Washington, DC, will explore how corporations, inventors, and patent intermediaries value and monetize patents, strategies for buying and selling patents, and the role ofContinue Reading

WIPO: Cybersquatting Dispute Cases Continue to Rise

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) news release: “Against the background of an unprecedented number of cybersquatting cases in 2007, the evolving nature of the domain name registration system (DNS) is causing growing concern for trademark owners around the world. Last year, a record 2,156 complaints alleging cybersquatting – or the abusive registration of trademarks onContinue Reading

All Editions of Manual of Patent Examining Procedure Now Available on Web

All prior editions (1949-2006) and revisions of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) are now available in PDF on the MPEP webpage.