Federal Circuit Reverses Patent Rejection for Indefiniteness

Federal Circuit reverses district court on indefiniteness The Federal Circuit has reversed a district court’s ruling that a patent’s claims were indefinite and thus that the patent was invalid. Sonix Tech. Co., Ltd. v. Publ’ns Int’l, Ltd. is a case involving Sonix’s patent for a system and method for using a “graphical indicator” (e.g., a […]

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Patent Law and Artificial Intelligence

Patented robots — but what do we do about patents BY robots? By Alejandro Zorrilal Cruz – http://lifeboat.com/images/artificial.intelligence.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5594936 The intersection of patent law and artificial intelligence raises all sorts of interesting philosophical and practical questions. First of all, what do we mean by "artificial intelligence"?

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You May Now Legally Hack Your Car

Hacking your auto is no longer illegal; should you do it, though….? By Alexandre Dulaunoy from Les Bulles, Chiny, Belgium – Everybody needs a hacker, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49393028 You’re now free to hack some of the computers on your car — for a limited time only. Of course, most people don’t have the expertise […]

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Protecting Your Patents around the Globe

  Protect your patents: a single application may be the best choice source:  http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=101725&picture=globe If you have an invention that will be sold and used around the world, you should strongly consider protecting your patent rights all around the globe. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as “one-stop shopping” when it comes to patent protection. You’ll […]

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Why Women Should Be Getting More Patents

Patent gender gap — what can we do to close it — and why it matters Inventor and patent-holder Hedy Lamarr. By Employee(s) of MGM – source, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44898216 We previously blogged about the serious gender gap in patent ownership.  A 2012 working paper prepared for the National Bureau of Economic Research showed that […]

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Supreme Court Rules for Samsung in Apple Design Patent Case

US Supreme Court: Samsung May Not Have to Pay As Much to Apple By Google – Android, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46396472 The US Supreme Court has ruled that Samsung may not have to pay $399 million to Apple for copying the patented design of Apple phones. Apple had sued because Samsung copied certain design elements […]

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What Can We Expect for IP Law during the Trump Administration?

Will Peter Thiel’s Views Affect US patent law in the next four years? CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use No attribution required Will intellectual property law change under the Trump administration? If so, how? Of course, no one really knows. Ars Technica pointed out that Of the two major party candidates in 2016, only […]

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"On-Sale" Bar Doesn’t Apply to Sales to Inventor

"On-Sale" bar can stop a patent being issued — but what is a "sale"? source:  https://pixabay.com/en/discount-sale-shopping-149600/ The "on-sale bar" is a limitation on the patentability of an invention under 35 U.S. Code § 102, which says: A person shall be entitled to a patent unless— (1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed […]

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Designating Agents for DMCA Takedowns Will Be Cheaper and Easier

Listing agents for copyright takedowns will be easier, cheaper By Original artist: Joseph Ferdinand Keppler (1838-1894) Restoration: Adam Cuerden – http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2011661385/ by way of http://adamcuerden.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d5onmxh, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23322831 As we discussed in this blog, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) is part of US copyright law that became effective in 1998. Among other things, the […]

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USPTO Issues Latest Guidance on Software Patents

USPTO tells patent examiners latest on software By Eugenio Hansen, OFS – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18782923 The US Patent Office is working hard to keep up with developments in the federal courts concerning software-related patents. On November 2, Robert Bahr, the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, sent out a memo entitled "Recent Subject Matter […]

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