Intellectual Property Law Update

In today’s intellectual property law update, the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) announced that their electronic system will again be down for maintenance for the entire weekend. Strike 3 Holdings, a prolific adult movie producer, who filed almost 2,000 copyright infringement lawsuits last year, has seen more of its copyright lawsuits dismissed for Read more about Intellectual Property Law Update[…]

Cannabis Patent Protection is Getting Higher

US Patent Protection for Cannabis Patents Cannabis, a schedule 1 controlled substance, is regulated in the United States as a narcotic.  Many states have and are legalizing recreational and medical use of the drug regardless of the fact that it is still regulated by the Federal Government.  However, the fact that marijuana is a schedule Read more about Cannabis Patent Protection is Getting Higher[…]

Unpatentable Natural Phenomena

The Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in Mayo v. Prometheus was announced yesterday.  In the 9-0 unanimous ruling  the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that  “[L]aws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas” are not patentable subject matter under §101 of the Patent Act,” citing to Diamond v. Diehr, 450 U. S. 175, 185.   “[A]n application of Read more about Unpatentable Natural Phenomena[…]

American Invents Act

Summary of Key Provisions and associated Effective Dates On September 16, 2011, President Obama Signed the Patent Reform Act of 2011, (also referred to as AIA or the American Invents Act) into law.  The Act made the most significant changes in US patent law since the 1952 Patent Act.  The stated purpose was that the Read more about American Invents Act[…]

Google continues to acquire patents from IBM

Google continues to buy more patents from IBM, in fact it appears that Google has bought another 188 U.S. patents and 29 patent applications from IBM. Some speculate that Google has been buying patents from IBM and others to help it defend its Android software from the challenges involving Apple’s iPhone. Google’s largest deal so Read more about Google continues to acquire patents from IBM[…]

2011 Patent Reform (AIA)

Late last week the United States Senate voted 89 to 9 to send House Bill H.R. 1249 (titled “the America Invents Act”) to President Obama’s desk. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the same version of the bill that the House of Representatives previously passed. Having received the blessings of both houses of the 112th Read more about 2011 Patent Reform (AIA)[…]

Presumption of Patent Validity Affirmed

Today, the Supreme Court affirmed the high presumption of validity associated with an issued patent in Microsoft v. i4i. In trying to overturn a $250 million patent infringement award against Microsoft, Microsoft attempted to argue that the presumption of validity under 35 U.S.C. §285 associated with an issued patent should be lower than the current Read more about Presumption of Patent Validity Affirmed[…]

Charlie Sheen’s Patent

While Charlie Sheen has been in the media recently for other reasons, did you know that beneath the media superstar lies the heart of a true inventor. He is an inventor on a patented Chapstick dispenser.

Patent Infringement Litigation

A patent gives the patent owner the right to exclude others from using the invention. If another person or company makes, uses, sells, offers for sale the invention claimed in the patent, that other person or company is said to be infringing on the patent rights of the patent owner. The patent owner in such Read more about Patent Infringement Litigation[…]