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Tag Archives: Intellectual Property

Secrets in the Spotlight

Companies May Get a New Weapon in the Fight Against Economic Espionage Efforts to protect property from global threats gained momentum in Washington this summer with the introduction of a pair of bills that would create a federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. Currently, intellectual property owners that want to file suit… Continue Reading

Seeds Worth More than Gold

Plant Breeders are Learning the Value of Protecting Their Inventions Agricultural espionage: it’s not exactly the stuff of John le Carré novels. But recently a Chinese woman was charged in a plot to steal U.S. corn technology. Among her alleged techniques: smuggling bioengineered corn seed in boxes of microwave popcorn packed in luggage to Beijing,… Continue Reading

Turning The Tide on “Trolls”

When a non-practicing entity (NPE) accused 16,000 small businesses of violating its patent by merely emailing scanned documents, the New York attorney general cracked down, forcing a settlement. Then the FTC threatened to sue for deceptive trade practices—prompting the NPE to file a preemptive suit against the FTC. As NPEs (sometimes known as patent trolls)… Continue Reading

Patent Quality: Shining Through

A New Review Process Shows the Importance of a Good Application The newly available procedure for challenging patent validity known as inter partes review, or IPR, is forcing patent players to raise their game—from application through litigation. More than 800 petitions for IPR— many more than the Patent Office itself had expected—have been filed since… Continue Reading

No Patent for You

Patent eligibility restrictions hit life sciences and tech After years of issuing rulings limiting what can be patented, the Supreme Court turned its attention squarely toward patent eligibility in the life sciences and technology fields. Overturning a 30-year practice by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office of awarding patents on isolated DNA sequences, the court… Continue Reading