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Opposition to the Innovation Act Continues to Build

Last month, we covered the re-introduction of the Innovation Act. It was H.R. 3309 when it was introduced two years ago. The current bill is H.R. 9, and they are virtually identical.

The Re-Introduced Innovation Act Has Nothing to Do with “Innovation”

The Innovation Act (H.R. 9) was recently re-introduced in the House of Representatives. While the bill has an appealing name, the reality is that it has nothing to do with “innovation” and everything to do with limiting the intellectual property rights of individual inventors, small and start-up businesses, universities and other patentees.

Record Numbers and Reduced Pendency at the Patent Office in 2014

The data is in from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for Fiscal 2014, and the conclusion most would reach is that innovation is alive and well in the U.S., but we still face challenges in an intensely competitive, global economy. As a federal agency, the Patent Office operates on an October-through-September fiscal year, so all of these statistics are for the October 1, 2013-through-September 30, 2014 period.

Integrating Intellectual Property into Your Corporate Marketing Plan - Part Two

November and December are often the time of year when businesses put together their marketing plans for the coming new year, so our November and December feature articles addressed how to incorporate intellectual property – most especially your company’s patents, but also trademarks, service marks and copyrights – into your marketing to best leverage the value of these key assets.  

Integrating Intellectual Property into Your Corporate Marketing Plan - Part One

It is the time of year when many businesses are putting together their marketing plans for the coming year, but many businesses fail to integrate a key corporate asset – intellectual property – into their marketing plans. Intellectual property is unique among all corporate assets because it is one of the few assets that cannot be duplicated by the competition. 

What Would Genuine, No-Kidding-Around, Patent Reform Include?

Over the past few years, there have been numerous attempts at “patent reform,” but the reality is that these were really attempts to weaken the ability of patentees – especially non-practicing entities (NPEs) or patent trolls – to enforce their patent rights. Fortunately, most of these legislative attempts failed.

Copyright Lawsuit Filed by The Turtles Could Have Sirius Implications

When Danny and the Juniors sang “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay,” they had no idea how prophetic their lyrics were. Many AM and FM stations around the country offer Oldies formats, and Sirius XM, the satellite radio provider, has several channels dedicated to Oldies. 

SiriusXM’s cost of doing business may go up as a result of a class action lawsuit claiming that SiriusXM has infringed the copyrights of older recordings from thousands of artists. Damages are alleged to be at least $100 million, but the plaintiff’s attorneys believe that estimate is on the considerably low side.

You Can Speed Up the Patent Application Process

One of David Kappos’ goals as Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was to reduce patent pendency – reduce the time it takes for a patent application to mature into an issued patent. It was just over 36 months when Kappos became Director, and during his tenure the USPTO knocked a few months off the average pendency. And Kappos put in place procedures that should continue to reduce how long it takes to receive a U.S. Patent. However, there are several things you can do on your own to speed up the process.

Apple and Samsung Go Back to Court Over a Second Set of Patents

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, July 2014

Back in 2012, the Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement lawsuit made the headlines, not just in the IP sector, but in the business and general press as well. Here was an American icon, Apple, taking on a high-tech Asian giant. 

Supreme Court Issues Rulings on Three Important Patent Cases

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, June 2014

This month, the Supreme Court ruled on three important, patent-related cases. The first involves the scope of a patent’s claims, the second addresses inducement of infringement, and the third deals with the patentability of abstract ideas.

Nautilus, Inc. v. BioSig Instruments, Inc.

The plaintiff in this case, Nautilus, is the Vancouver, Washington-based manufacturer of the well-known TreadClimber® and Bowflex® home exercise products, and Schwinn® indoor cycling products.