IP News

25 Jun: Industry Leaders Reflect on Bayh-Dole at 40

On June 23, the Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund celebrated 40 years of the Bayh-Dole act with a virtual briefing, titled: “The Bayh-Dole Act at 40 Years: How the ‘Most Inspired Piece of Legislation’ of a Half-Century Has Turned American…

17 Jun: D.C. Court of Appeals Finds No Proximate Cause in Patent Attorney Malpractice Case

On June 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed a decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Seed Co. Ltd. v. Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP in a legal malpractice case resulting from…

16 Jun: PTAB Says Collateral Agreements Must Be Filed in Decision Designated Precedential

On June 11, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) designated DTN, LLC v. Farms Technology, LLC as precedential. The case involved the parties’ joint motions to terminate two inter partes review (IPR) proceedi…

16 Jun: PTAB Rulemaking: Past, Present, and Future

Recently, the USPTO published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to change the “Trial Practice at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” which is contained in Part 42 of Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This is the fifth rule change since …

15 Jun: This Week in Washington IP: Licensing Week Virtual, the FCC’s Possible Section 230 Reforms and Pro-Innovator Patent System Reforms

This week in Washington IP events, the Senate Financial Services Subcommittee focuses on Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction oversight while the House Transportation Committee marks up a major transportation bill that would heavily impac…

15 Jun: Full Senate Judiciary Committee Addresses COVID-19 Related Fraud

On June 9, the full Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “COVID-19 Fraud: Law Enforcement’s Response to Those Exploiting the Pandemic.”  The hearing, which was led by Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., included testimony by William Hughe…

14 Jun: Has China Finally Embraced Robust Trade Secret Protection?

It happened to Japan in the 1950s. Then it happened to Taiwan, and then Korea. Rapidly-developing countries started out relying on copying foreign technologies to drive their economies. But as growth increased and investments in education led the way t…

13 Jun: Case Study: Recently Granted Epitope-Based Antibody Patents in the United States, Europe and Japan

Patents involving antibody medicines (antibody patents) are largely grouped into patents specified by antibody amino acid sequences (antibody sequence-based patents) and those not (non-sequence-based patents). Non-sequence-based patents have a broad sc…

12 Jun: Other Barks & Bites for Friday, June 12: USPTO Provides Relief for Restoring Priority/ Benefit Rights; China Reducing Patent Pendency; CJEU Says Copyright Can Cover Functional Shapes; Tillis Questions Internet Archive on Copyright Concerns

This week in Other Barks & Bites: USPTO announces relief under the CARES Act for restoring priority/ benefit rights; the CJEU has ruled that “functional shapes” are eligible for copyright protection if they are original works; China’s IP agency re…