• A Poor History of Wright Brothers Concludes they were Patent Trolls

    In the first sentence of the entire article, the author falls prey to a misconception often parroted by those with anti-patent viewpoints, namely that patent protection is a “government-granted monopoly.” Yes, the patent is granted by the government, and yes, it offers an inventor the right to exclude others from the market, but a patent provides no promise of a monopoly or any market success whatsoever. More than 90 percent of patents cover technologies that will not be commercialized. If…

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  • The Commodores Trademark Lawsuit and its Effect on IP in Entertainment

    Grammy Award winning funk, soul band The Commodores—whose hit singles include Easy and Brick House—recently won a trademark infringement lawsuit against its ex-bandmate and founding member Thomas McClary, who left the band in 1984. The right to use The Commodores’ name and trademarks belongs to a company run by founding members William King and Walter Orange, a Florida appellate court has ruled.

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  • Maia T. Woodhouse Joins Nashville Office of Adams and Reese

    The law firm of Adams and Reese further enhanced its intellectual property team as IP litigator Maia T. Woodhouse joined the firm’s Nashville office. Woodhouse is a member of the firm’s well-established global intellectual property practice, focusing on trademark, patent, trade dress, trade secret and copyright disputes.

    The post Maia T. Woodhouse Joins Nashville Office of Adams and Reese appeared first on IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law.

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  • Remyelination and MS

    From Stem Cells and Cloning: Advances and Applications » Volume 11

    A review on stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis: special focus on human embryonic stem cells

    Published 12 February 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 1—11

    From within the abstract:

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    Recent research has shown that cellular therapies hold a potential for CNS repair and may be able to provide protection from inflammatory damage caused after injury. Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) transplantation is one of the promising cell therapies; hESCs play an important role in remyelination and help in preventing demylenation of the axons. In this study, an overview of the current knowledge about the unique properties of hESC and their comparison with other cell therapies has been presented for the treatment of patients with MS.
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    Note US published application 20180010098

    Elsewhere, Gold Nanocrystals May Remyelinate Lesions in Multiple Sclerosis

    Recall IPBiz post:
    Gold nanoparticles and Curley paper

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  • Plagiarizing principal and Shakespeare?

    The bottom line for a penalty for plagiarizing a graduation speech: a fine and compulsory attendance at a creative writing course:


    The state this month ordered former principal Mark Stenner to pay a $750 fine and take a college-level course on creative writing after he admitted lifting large parts of someone else’s graduation speech.

    link: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-palm-principal-plagiarism-reprimand-20180208-story.html

    Elsewhere, some allegations about Shakespeare; see Shakespeare stole from George North? How lucky for George North


    On Thursday, literary clickbait broke in the New York Times that Shakespeare, a good poet, had been caught red-handed in some plagiaristic adventuring. (In London, this was gossip hot enough to hit the tabloids.) Using software designed to nab kids who crib from SparkNotes, Dennis McCarthy, a self-taught Shakespearean, found that the language and ideas from an obscure 1576 manuscript pervade some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, including the “Now is the winter of our discontent” soliloquy, from “Richard III.”

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  • Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. v. Matal (Fed. Cir. 2018)

    By Donald Zuhn –- Last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in favor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with respect to the USPTO’s determination of Patent Term Adjustment (“PTA”) for U.S. Patent No. 8,658,675. In particular, the Federal Circuit determined that the District Court did not err in affirming the USPTO’s finding that Actelion failed to make an express request for early examination of the ‘619 application, as required by 35 U.S.C. § 371(f), and that the District Court also did not err in…

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  • Conference & CLE Calendar

    February 13, 2018 – “Patent Drafting for Machine Learning: Structural Claim Limitations, Avoiding §101 or §112 Rejections” (Strafford) – 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EST) February 13, 2018 – “eMod Update: Patent Center and Structured Text” (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) – 12:00 to 1:00 pm (ET) February 14, 2018 – “Sect. 112 Indefiniteness in Chemical and Biotech Patent Claims — Drafting and Prosecuting Patent Claims That Will Hold Up Under Any Definiteness Standard” (Strafford) – 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EST) February 14, 2018 – “Tech Transfer for Medical Advances: Challenges and Opportunities in Commercializing Academic Biomedical Research” (Keystone Symposia on…

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  • The Muppets: An Intellectual Property Success Story

    The Muppets aren’t just our friends, they’re an intellectual property success story. And there are thousands more like it – showing IP as the backbone of our economy; stories that we need to tell far and wide. We need to be the voice of creators everywhere. We need people to have an emotional connection to the idea of creating in every context and every conversation. All of us in this room, as champions of IP-related industries, know that IP is the lifeblood of innovation, and that ideas and…

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