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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

Far Beyond the Valley

Global tech hubs are a source of technology, talent, and funding While media coverage of the technology industry focuses largely on Silicon Valley, savvy tech and life sciences executives have been looking much farther afield, well beyond American borders. Americans are engaging with overseas companies in more diverse ways, fueling our thirst for knowledge about… Continue Reading

What’s in Your Product?

New law may force companies to reveal trade secrets As new regulations on the use of toxic chemicals are implemented in California, companies may need to re-evaluate their strategies to protect their intellectual property. The largest market in the U.S., California has taken the first step to implement its Green Chemistry Initiative, a bold new… Continue Reading

For Whom the Bell Trolls

Government efforts to block patent troll activity gained momentum this summer, as the White House issued five executive orders and members of Congress fielded no fewer than five bills aimed at such issues as patent quality and frivolous patent litigation. The executive orders are effective immediately. But their impact won’t be known until the PTO issues rules… Continue Reading

One-Two Punch

Stop imitators by combining design patents and trade dress Design patents have gained popularity in recent years among inventors looking to protect their market share.  But they shouldn’t forget trade dress–the distinctive physical appearance or packaging of a product–as a way to ward off copycats as well, says Morrison & Foerster partner Jennifer Lee Taylor. … Continue Reading

What Do Yoga Poses and Big Data Have in Common?

The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a policy statement clarifying its approach to examining registrations of compilations, including claims for the selection and arrangement of independently uncopyrightable subject matter. Going forward, the Copyright Office will no longer register compilations of uncopyrightable subject matter—for example, “a compilation of yoga poses” or a “compilation of rocks.” While… Continue Reading

China: Innovation for Sale

The Chinese government has been encouraging overseas pharmaceutical companies to outsource R&D to Chinese firms—part of an effort to move into more high-value work.  The draw: a growing, cost-effective bioscience talent pool made up of both local graduates and “sea turtles” who went to U.S. universities and returned, according to Morrison & Foerster partner Gordon… Continue Reading