• House IP subcommittee looks for further ways to curb patent trolls after TC Heartland decision

    The day’s hearing focused on the patent troll narrative despite the lack of a substantive connection between that narrative and the TC Heartland case… Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House IP subcommittee, started his remarks by asking to what degree the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland fixed a decade-old problem. Noting that new lawsuits have hit consumer electronics giant Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in the Eastern District of Texas (E.D. Tex.), Issa went on to say that “patent…

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  • USPTO PTAB Judicial Conference

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board will be hosting Judicial Conference on June 29, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm (ET) in the Madison Auditorium on the USPTO campus in Alexandria, VA. The program is intended to educate the public about aspects of Board practice and provide a forum to enhance the dialogue between the public and the Board. The Conference will offer presentations on the following topics: • State of the Board • Behind the Scenes at PTAB: A Look at the Inner Workings • Perspectives from the Bench and Bar: Winning your Ex…

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  • Webinar on CRISPR

    Technology Transfer Tactics will be offering a webinar entitled “CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals” on June 27, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (Eastern). Patents Docs author Kevin E. Noonan of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP will cover the following topics: • A brief overview of the technology • A review of the patent positions of the parties • A discussion of the arguments raised in the Interference • An assessment of the PTAB’s decision and its effect on the patents and applications • Analysis of strategies for further appeal • Impact on patent…

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  • Webinar on Section 102 and Prior Art

    Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled “Section 102 and Prior Art: Navigating the Expanded Scope of Prior Art and AIA Exceptions” on June 29, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm (EDT). Anthony D. Del Monaco, Doris Johnson Hines, Thomas L. Irving of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner will examine AIA Section 102 prior art and the AIA exceptions, and offer best practices for identifying applicable prior art when filing or challenging patent applications, and making the correct choice of law for prosecuting. The webinar will review the following topics: • How did AIA expand the definition of prior…

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  • Webcast on Patent Eligibility Determinations in a Post-Alice World

    The Knowledge Group will offer a live webcast entitled “Patent Eligibility Determination in a Post-Alice World: Significant Updates & Developments” on June 29, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (EST). Orlando Lopez of Burns & Levinson LLP, James J. DeCarlo of Greenberg Traurig, and Lewis E. Hudnell, III of Hudnell Law Group PC will present and analyze the recent trends and developments surrounding patent eligibility determinations since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, and provide practitioners practical advice in traversing Alice challenges, in both prosecution and litigation. The panel will cover the following topics: • Recent Developments…

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  • Webinar Debate on Patent Ownership

    CPA Global will hosting a webinar entitled “Who Owns the World’s Patents?” on June 22, 2017 beginning at 11:00 am (EST). The webinar will offer a debate from Microsoft, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, and board members from ORoPO™ (Open Register of Patent Ownership) regarding patent ownership. ORoPO was launched in June 2015 by organizations seeking to achieve greater transparency around patent ownership on a global scale. ORoPO provides an open data register of patents, accessible to all at no cost. Those interested in registering for the webinar can do so here.

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  • UWashington CoMotion innovation hub cutting 15% of staff

    From a post at geekwire on the UWashington CoMotion innovation hub cutting 15% of staff:


    A set of well-regarded licensed UW technologies (the Hall patents) generated immense societal and economic value and funded the Washington Research Foundation which has been a great asset to our state. As a symptom of an outmoded tech transfer business model, CoMotion expectedly hit a revenue cliff from the expiration of the Hall patents. These “black swan” events need environments to come to fruition while having a realistic business model for sustainability. The layoff decisions were not determined by performance and were necessitated by budget cuts at CoMotion.

    If, as is obviously true, the expiration of the Hall patents was expected, the is obviously not a black swan event. Wikipedia notes of “black swan”: The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight.

    Link to geekwire post:
    https://www.geekwire.com/2017/uw-comotion-innovation-hub-cuts-15-staff-amid-loss-patent-revenue-changing-model/

    Note also:

    All truth passes through three stages.
    First, it is ridiculed.
    Second, it is violently opposed.
    Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

    Arthur Schopenhauer

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  • The Impact of Drake’s Fair Use Copyright Victory on Music Copyright Infringement

    A few weeks ago, a New York federal judge ruled that Hip-Hop Artist Drake was protected by copyright’s fair use doctrine when he sampled a spoken-word jazz track on his 2013 song “Pound Cake,” saying the artist had transformed the purpose of the clip. Drake used 35 seconds of Jimmy Smith’s 1982 “Jimmy Smith Rap” without clearing the clip, but Judge William H. Pauley said Drake’s purpose in doing so was sharply different from the original artist’s goals in creating it.

    The post The Impact of…

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