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Patent Law

Mar 31, 2014

US Supreme Court could limit software patents

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry?

Dec 6, 2013

Court to jump into patent discussion

The Supreme Court decided Friday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents.

Jun 13, 2013

Supreme Court says human genes cannot be patented

The Supreme Court ruled June 13 that companies cannot patent parts of naturally occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.

May 13, 2013

High court rules for Monsanto in patent case

The Supreme Court said May 13 that an Indiana farmer violated Monsanto Co.'s patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer by growing additional crops without buying new beans.

Aug 22, 2012

Attorneys – Tort/Negligence – Legal Malpractice Claim – Civil Practice – Federal Jurisdiction – Patent Law – Expert Affidavit

Weil v. Killough The plaintiff-client alleges that the defendant-attorney, who also served as the client’s attorney-in-fact, failed to inform the client when the Patent and Trademark Office sent the attorney notice that a 7.5-year maintenance fee was due on the client’s patent.

Jun 10, 2011

Innovate, but don’t be late

If changes are made to a longtime piece of American law, a race to the patent office could be on, and South Carolina attorneys may be swept up in the pursuit. For several years, attempts at national patent reform have failed, but this year, it appears the votes in Congress are sufficient to significantly change the way Americans secure patents. Under the current "first to invent" patent law,[...]

Mar 11, 2011

Federal Circuit strikes method used for determining patent-case damages

By DAVID E. FRANK, Dolan Media Newswires [email protected]   A rule that lawyers and judges nationwide have been using to determine damages in patent infringement cases has been abolished by the Federal Circuit Court. In Uniloc USA, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., the court struck down the so-called “25 percent rule of thumb,” a method commonly […]

Mar 11, 2011

Companies increasingly targeted in lucrative suits over expired patents

Are your numbers up to date? That's the question patent lawyers are asking corporate clients as plaintiffs nationwide continue to file dozens of lawsuits over mismarked patent numbers. The cases began piling up in 2009 after a lawsuit brought under a 1952 federal patent act tested a previously untried provision that bans companies from marking products with erroneous or expired patent numbers. The[...]

Dec 3, 2010

Protected pleadings: Attorneys could copyright their documents, but should they?

Of course lawyers don't need anyone's blessing to copyright their own work. The question is, when they do, are their claimed rights enforceable? The short answer is yes, maybe. Intellectual property attorney John C. Nipp of Charlotte, N.C.-based Summa, Additon & Ashe told Lawyers Weekly that the requirements for obtaining a copyright are not strict. "It has to be a literary work in a tangible [...]

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