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What Were the Top Intellectual Property Stories in 2020?

The global pandemic and the US elections obviously dominated the news in 2020, but there were also a number of developments in the area of intellectual property law. Here are some highlights: Moderna Waives Its Patent Rights to Fight the Pandemic As… Read More
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Patent Licensors Can Prevent Challenges to Patent Validity

In 2007, the US Supreme Court ruled that a patent licensee could challenge the validity of a patent without violating the patent license. MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. involved a dispute between two parties that had entered into a patent license… Read More
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Chinese Court Rules that It Can Set Patent License Terms outside China

What patent licensing terms are “fair”? It depends on what country you ask the question in. In most cases, “fair” license terms are whatever the parties agree is fair. However, when patents are essential to an entire industry, different rules… Read More
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Federal Circuit Invalidates Employee Invention Assignment

The Federal Circuit has ruled that a provision in an employment agreement that requires an employee to assign to the employer any invention that the employee may “hereafter… conceive” “in any way connected to any subject matter within the exi… Read More
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Deciding Whether Your Software Is Patentable

Is computer software patentable? The short answer is “yes, but.” The answer is “yes” because (as of 2015) about half a million patents had been issued in the 23 classes of patents covering “computer implemented inventions.” The first US s… Read More
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Recent Developments in the Blockchain Technology Landscape

Blockchain technology, in its various patented applications, is transforming online transactions through the use of distributed ledgers. Its uses are wide-ranging, from financial and payment systems to commodity trading and cryptocurrencies. Among th… Read More
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Recent Patent Developments in the Autonomous Vehicle Market

Large companies around the world continue to file patents for autonomous vehicles (AVs). AVs can improve road safety while lowering the environmental footprint of vehicles. Among those recently issued, some interesting ones are Apple’s Project Tita… Read More
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Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Patent Board

The United State Supreme Court recently granted three petitions for certiorari that challenged the Federal Circuit’s ruling that administrative law judges on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) are appointed in violation of the Appointments Cl… Read More
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Understanding the AI Patent Landscape

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued a report on the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the world in general and on the patent system specifically. The USPTO even used AI to compile its report. It used a machine… Read More
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The Changing Patent Landscape in the Semiconductor Space

Patents are used extensively in the semiconductor industry. Digital consumer products like smartphones, computers, mobile phones, and televisions all use semiconductors. The global semiconductor industry’s revenues for 2019 was $419.15 billion… Read More
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