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Patent Treatise Sale Through April 8, 2009

I realize this is a plug from the shameless commerce division, but when the top patent treatises are on sale it deserves mention, particularly when the treatises are being sold by a sponsor of IPWatchdog.com.  PLI’s outstanding patent law treatises provide comprehensive, up-to-date legal information and guidance, and they are available at a 20% discount if you order any of the titles…

Interview with Industrial Designer Jim Richardson

I was recently in Charlotte, North Carolina taping a 10 part mini-series on innovation that was sponsored by the United Inventors Association.  Each episode in the mini-series is 30 minutes long, and focuses on a different aspect of the inventor’s journey toward commericalizing innovation.  As a patent attorney I focus on the identification and protection of intellectual property assets, primarily…

Patent Academy Closing, USPTO Budget Crisis Deepening?

On March 2, 2009, the Practising Law Institute kicked off the Third Annual Patent Law Institute at its New York City headquarters.  The West Coast version of this live program started today and will conclude tomorrow, live at the California offices of PLI in downtown San Francisco, CA.  Right about now the participants are probably seeing a video of Robert Clarke,…

Senator Specter Leary About Patent Reform Bill

Patent reform will once again take center stage this week when Senators on the Judiciary Committee discuss the Leahy-Hatch patent bill in an Executive Business Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. With patent reform in the air and seemingly rushing through the Congress, it was believed that the…

Victory to the Patent Office in Claims & Continuations Appeal

I knew it was bad news when I saw that Judge Rader did not write the opinion, but rather concurred in part and dissented in part.  But, as I predicted, the Federal Circuit issued its decision while I am in Chicago teaching the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and unable to devote real time to writing about the GlaxoSmithKline and…

Good News, Bad News on Patent Reform

According to Reuters, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) says that the House and Senate are close to agreeing on language for a patent reform bill that would virtually ensure its passage. According to Hatch, patent reform will happen this year, saying that he would be shocked if patent reform was not enacted in 2009. Hatch says “[th]is is the closest we’ve…

Musings on PLI, Judge Rader & Steve Wozniak

I am writing this post live from downtown Chicago at John Marshall Law School. I am in town this week for my bi-annual trip to the Windy City to teach the PLI Patent Bar Review Course. So far the weather here in Chicago is not what we typically experience for this time of year. It is warm and pleasant, although…

Inventors Hall of Fame Moves to USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the opening of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the museum of its Alexandria, Va., campus. The Hall of Fame honors and encourages the men and women responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible. The Hall of Fame opening is being celebrated…

An Interview with Gadget Nation Author Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg proclaims himself to be “an invention groupie,” but that is only half the story. Prior to getting involved with the innovation industry Steve was a full-time news reporter and won 12 Emmy Awards for his news reporting. Steve has been seen on national television shows such as ABC’s World News This Morning and World News Now, Fox &…

Perspective of an Anonymous Patent Examiner

One week ago today I posted an article titled Change in Patent Office Philosophy Can Lead Recovery.  In the little more than a full week that this article has been available it has been viewed 640 times, which makes it popular for a patent article but nothing nearly as popular as, for example, Obama Wants Open Source IT Solutions for…

Dr. Reddy’s Wins Prilosec Summary Judgment

On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (NYSE:RDY) prevailed in a patent dispute with Astra Zeneca, receiving a summary judgment victory in the ongoing dispute before the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.  U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that the Omeprazole Magnesium OTC Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) filed by Dr. Reddy’s does not…

MIT Develops Innovations to Selectively Kill Cancer Cells

When it comes to solving complex problems, Geoffrey von Maltzahn, MIT graduate student and biomedical engineer, looks to nature for solutions. Finding inspiration in systems that evolution has produced, von Maltzahn is currently helping to tackle one of society’s biggest challenges: improving tumor detection and therapeutic delivery in order to boost the survival rate of cancer patients. Today, the 28-year-old…

Unions Oppose Patent Reform Legislation Too

Add another influential group to the list of those opposed to patent reform legislation submitted in the House and Senate last week.  A number of Unions sent a letter to lawmakers last night in advance of hearings scheduled today in the Senate.  The letter, reproduced below, explains that enactment of the pending patent reform legislation would deal a serious blow…

Green Tech Companies Protest Patent Reform Legislation

In a new, interesting and exciting twist, green technology companies are joining the debate about whether Congress should enact sweeping changes to the US patent laws and are concluding that the Patent Reform Legislation submitted in both the US House and Senate is flawed and should not be enacted.  This is a potentially monumental event in the patent reform saga…

Change in Patent Office Philosophy Can Lead Recovery

There is a lot of money sitting on the sidelines just waiting for the climate to change enough to warrant investment.  By some estimates the amount of capital lying in wait is perhaps as much as $10 trillion.  With no end in sight on just how low the Dow will fall, fears that banks will become nationalized have spooked investors. …