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2 hrs ago | The Hill

Dem senator would strip NFL's nonprofit status over 'Redskins'

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.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Maria Cantwell, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Law, Tom Coburn, Republican, Senator Angus King, US House of Representatives, Representative Jason Chaffetz

6 hrs ago | The Washington Post

Three years in, a virtuala patent marking is still useful, still obscure

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.

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Related Topix: Inventions, Science / Technology, Law, Education

6 hrs ago | JD Supra

Addressing Section 101 Issues Through Reissue

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. [1] Fortunately, though, the law provides patent owners with a process for taking remedial steps to address Section 101 risks in their patent portfolios.

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Related Topix: Law, Science / Technology, Inventions

10 hrs ago | PSFK

Defining Ownership in a Digital Era: How Makers Are Navigating the Complexities of IP

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.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, Inventions, P2P, Law

13 hrs ago | Patently Obvious

Finding the limits of ineligibility

It is safe to say that hundreds of thousands of U.S. patents rely upon the manipulation of information or laws of nature as fundamental aspects of their respective inventions. Many of these patents rest on shaky ground following the Supreme Court's recent decision in Alice Corp. v.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, Inventions, Law

Mon Sep 15, 2014

TMCnet

Five Tips on How to Get Your Patents Approved

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.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, Inventions, Law

Law.com

'Transformational' Change to Patent System, 3 Years In

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.

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Related Topix: Law, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, US News

Eff.org

After Setback in Texas, the Fight Against Podcasting Patent Troll Will Continue

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.

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Related Topix: Law

Government Executive

Patent Office Confirms Concerns Over Telework Fraud

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.

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Related Topix: Law, US Politics, Republican, US House of Representatives, Darrell Issa

Minnesota Lawyer

Up & Coming: Loren Hansen

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.

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Related Topix: Law, Mitchell College

JD Supra

Judge Griesa finds a patent prosecution bar does not preclude...

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.

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Related Topix: Law

Hispanic Business

Galectin Therapeutics Announces Issuance of U.S. Patent for GR-MD-02 in Diabetic Nephropathy

The patent, assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,828,971, was issued The patent covers both composition claim for and uses of the Company's carbohydrate-based galectin inhibitor compound GR-MD-02 in patients with diabetic nephropathy, a type of progressive kidney disease that occurs in individuals with diabetes.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Health, Fibrosis, Law, Diabetes, Pharmacology

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Ars Technica

Supreme Court ruling has wiped out 11 "do it on a computer" patents so far

There have been no less than 11 federal judicial rulings striking down patents as "abstract" since the US Supreme Court's June 26 decision in Alice v. CLS Bank.

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Related Topix: US News, US Supreme Court, Law, Science / Technology, Inventions

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Post-gazette.com

The week that was: 09/14/14

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.

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Related Topix: Law, Allegheny County, PA, Carnegie Mellon University

Slashdot

US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp-out Fraud By Patent Examiners

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.

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Related Topix: Law

Slashdot

Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Just a few months later, lower courts are making it happen . Quoting Vox: "By my count there have been 10 court rulings on the patentability of software since the Supreme Court's decision - including six that were decided this month.

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Related Topix: US Supreme Court, US News, Law

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Hispanic Business

National Museum of American History Innovates with West Exhibition Wing

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.

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Related Topix: Inventions, Science / Technology, Law

InsiderOnline

Understanding the Realities of Modern Patent Litigation

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%.

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Related Topix: Law

JD Supra

PGR Report -- The Attack of 35 U.S.C. 112

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.

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On Reserve

NOPA vs. Napa: A Wine Trademark Opposition

Recently, a Portuguese wine company, Wine Vision Lda. sought to register the mark "NOPA" in standard characters for "wines" through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Related Topix: Drink, Wine, Law

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