• The Broad Institute files brief with CAFC answering U of California’s appeal in CRISPR-Cas9 patent interference

    On Wednesday, October 25th, the Cambridge, MA-based medical research center The Broad Institute filed a brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in response to an appeal filed by the University of California stemming from patent interference proceedings playing out at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The Broad Institute’s filing is the latest salvo in a patent battle which has played out between developers of a gene editing technology, which could prove to be very…

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  • Fish & Richardson Adds Jayme Partridge as New Principal in Houston

    Fish & Richardson announced that Jayme Partridge has joined the firm’s Houston office as a principal in its Litigation Group, where she will continue to focus her practice on complex intellectual property litigation. Previously, Partridge was a partner at Patterson + Sheridan. She also spent two years as in-house litigation counsel for ExxonMobil and worked as a mechanical engineer for six years before law school.

    The post Fish & Richardson Adds Jayme Partridge as New Principal in…

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  • BCP Customer Partnership Meeting

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be holding its next biotechnology/chemical/pharmaceutical (BCP) customer partnership meeting on November 6, 2017 at the USPTO Headquarters (Alexandria, VA). The agenda for the meeting is as follows: • Welcoming and Opening Remarks (10:00 – 10:10 am EDT) — Daniel Sullivan, Wanda Walker, and Andrew Wang, Directors, TC1600, USPTO • Application Readiness (10:10 – 14:40 am) — Martin Rater, Senior Statistician USPTO • 112(b)- Practitioners’ Perspective (10:40 – 11:40 am) — Melissa Brand, IP Policy Director, BIO; Rachel Elsby of Akin Gump • Lunch (11:40 am – 12:10 pm) • 112(b) Discussion Panel (12:10…

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  • Webcast on USPTO Examiner Count System

    Strafford will be offering a webcast entitled “Leveraging USPTO Examiner Count System: Efficiently Prosecuting Patents, Lowering Prosecution Costs” on November 9, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EST). Adriana L. Burgy, Christopher C. Johns, and Kai Rajan of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner will provide guidance on leveraging the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Examiner Count System to prosecute patents more effectively, provide insight into the count system, and offer strategies for interacting with patent examiners. The webinar will review the following issues: • What impact does the number of claims in the application have on the…

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  • Webinar on Patent Drafting

    LexisNexis will be offering a webinar on “Patent Drafting: Trends, Reality and Avoiding Rejections” on November 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm (ET). Gene Quinn, founder of IPWatchdog.com; Todd Van Thomme of Nyemaster Goode; Cynthia Gilbert of Blueshift IP, LLC; and Dave Stitzel, IP Solutions Consultant at LexisNexis® IP will discuss the following: • Nautilus versus In re Packard. • Identifying the invention/improvement versus KSR 103 concerns. • Best practices for ensuring a complete and thorough specification. • Means-plus-function and other 112 matters. Those interested in registering for the webinar, can do so here.

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  • John Kelly and Jubal Early

    The allusion to Jubal Early in the criticism of John Kelly in the text:


    “That statement could have been given by [former Confederate general] Jubal Early in 1880,” said Stephanie McCurry, a history professor at Columbia University and author of “Confederate Reckoning: Politics and Power in the Civil War South.”

    is apparently a reference to articles written by General Jubal A. Early in the 1870s for the Southern Historical Society that created the symbol of “the Lost Cause.”

    Union General (and Virginian) George Thomas wrote of some of these “lost Cause” efforts:


    [T]he greatest efforts made by the defeated insurgents since the close of the war have been to promulgate the idea that the cause of liberty, justice, humanity, equality, and all the calendar of the virtues of freedom, suffered violence and wrong when the effort for southern independence failed.

    These points of the “Lost Cause” were not those advanced by John Kelly.

    Link to McCurry text:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/10/31/historians-respond-to-john-kellys-civil-war-remarks-strange-sad-wrong/?utm_term=.a0e8058c88c5

    See also the post of Ralph Peters , which includes:


    Robert E. Lee was, in fact, a man of flawless honor in his times. He abhorred secession and viewed slavery as doomed. But when Virginia seceded from the Union, this hero of multiple wars felt compelled — as Kelly honestly noted — to defend his state, his family and friends. It was, for him and others, an anguished choice.

    Nor was Lee alone in detesting secession. Many of the West Point-trained officers who became Confederate generals strongly opposed it. Jubal Early argued bravely against it. Thomas J. Jackson, soon to be known as “Stonewall,” preferred continued unity and peace.

    Now students who have never taken a course in American history demonstrate to tear down statues of Jackson, a man who, before the war, defied his neighbors to start a Sunday school for blacks; who broke Virginia law by teaching slaves and free blacks to read; and who saved slaves from being sold into the Deep South. (Virginians, such as General-to-be Robert Rodes, were appalled by the treatment of slaves in the Cotton Belt.)

    http://nypost.com/2017/10/31/kelly-is-right-about-robert-e-lee/

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  • FUTURE

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    FUTURE

    $$ Thus data can be collected in the remote controller at regular intervals where it may be processed or downloaded for processing at a suitable fut…

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  • Blogging Hiatus

    I’m going to take a blogging hiatus for the next few weeks, while I devote some time to some other matters.  I hope to resume the blog before too long.  Meanwhile, I’ve published 837 posts since May 2013, so for those of you who are new to th…

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