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2 hrs ago | The Hill
Sen. Maria Cantwell on Tuesday pushed to revoke the NFL's tax-exempt status over the Washington Redskins' refusal to change its name. "In the next few days, I will be dropping legislation to end that tax status," she said at a press conference.
6 hrs ago | The Washington Post
One of the more intriguing bits tucked inside 2011's landmark patent reform bill called the America Invents Act had to do with a concept called "virtual marking." The notion: that allowing inventors to physically stamp their products with URLs pointing to detailed Web pages, rather than with the digits of a patent number, has a number of selling points.
6 hrs ago | JD Supra
The contraction of patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 101 that Alice , Mayo , Bilski , and other recent court cases have triggered has placed a cloud of uncertainty over a large number of patents.  Fortunately, though, the law provides patent owners with a process for taking remedial steps to address Section 101 risks in their patent portfolios.
10 hrs ago | PSFK
An emerging set of platforms and services are making it easier for inventors to navigate the complex landscape of copyright and bring their ideas to market. Between 2003 and 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America filed, threatened or settled more than 30,000 cases against individuals who used peer-to-peer networks to share music.
Recent changes in US patent laws stemming from the America Invents Act have made the filing process for a patent a much more competitive and challenging process for the average American inventor. Detractors of these changes claim that they stifle innovation and threaten individual inventors to claim and monetize their inventions, while proponents argue that the new patent laws will strengthen patents due to a more extensive review process.
When the America Invents Act was enacted three years ago this week, it was touted as a major piece of legislation that created the most significant change to the U.S. patent system in 60 years. The impact of the AIA, whose various provisions have been implemented in stages, was barely noticeable that first year.
We've been closely watching the trial in the Eastern District of Texas between podcasting patent troll Personal Audio and CBS. Today we heard disappointing news: after five days of trial, a federal jury found Personal Audio's podcasting patent valid and infringed by CBS.
The Patent and Trademark Office acknowledged for the first time there may be something to the allegations that many of its teleworking examiners are filing fraudulent time sheets, according to a Washington Post report . Following a briefing Friday by agency executives with staff on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Patent Office chief spokesman Todd Elmer confirmed that the Patent Office was now reviewing procedures for its award-winning telework program due to the allegations of fraud.
Loren Hansen is a problem-solver and an engineer at heart. That's why, when his work at Accenture shifted from software design and systems implementation to people management, he went to law school to get involved in patent law.
Patentee Endo asked the court to rule that the protective orders in the patent infringement cases it filed against various defendants do not preclude its litigation counsel from assisting its IPR counsel with a PTAB action instituted on the patent-in-suit. The protective orders bar litigation counsel from becoming "involved in patent prosecution of patent applications," participating "in any drafting or amendment of claims or claim language in any patent office proceeding relating to oxymorphone," and also limit the use of confidential information learned during litigation.
While Andrew Carnegie's roots run deep in both Pittsburgh and New York, his namesake deli is a New York-only institution, as Pittsburgh restaurateur Wesley Ross found out the hard way. In February, he opened Carnegie Delicatessen and Catering in the Bank Tower building, Downtown.
McGruber writes: A month after Slashdot discussed " Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office ," the USPTO issued a statement that it is "committed to taking any measures necessary" to stop employees who review patents from lying about their hours and getting overtime pay and bonuses for work they didn't do. USPTO officials also told congressional investigators that they are seeking an outside consulting firm to advise them on how managers can improve their monitoring of more than 8,000 patent examiners.
The wing's first floor will open , with the second and third floors opening in 2016 and 2017. Each floor has a central theme: The first floor will focus on innovation and feature exhibits that explore the history of American business and showcase "hot spots" of invention.
Ten years ago, Janicke and Ren found that patentees won only 26% of decided cases; we find that number unchanged today. Forty-six percent of patents whose validity was decided in the 1990s were held invalid; today the invalidation rate is 43%.
Last week, on September 2, 2014, Accord Healthcare, Inc. filed what appears to be the second-ever Post-Grant Review . This PGR was for U.S. Patent No.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 01:57 pm
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