6 Must-Haves for Every Fourth of July Celebration

6 Must-Haves for Every Fourth of July Celebration

Since 1941, the Fourth of July has been a federal holiday in the United States, but the festive traditions for Independence Day go back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and two days later the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Read more about 6 Must-Haves for Every Fourth of July Celebration[…]

Patent Wednesday: Who Pays the Bill?

Patent Wednesday: Who Pays the Bill?

Whether you’re in the market for legal representation or car repair, one of the most important questions is how to minimize costs associated with services.  In the United States, it’s typical for each litigating party to pay its own attorney fees no matter the outcome.  But is it possible that one party could ever be Read more about Patent Wednesday: Who Pays the Bill?[…]

Victory for the Patent Holder – Warner Chilcott v. Lupin and Amneal

Victory for the Patent Holder – Warner Chilcott v. Lupin and Amneal

Our home state of New Jersey was front and center in the sports world this year for Super Bowl XLVIII.  But, from an industrial standpoint, New Jersey is often viewed as a leader in one particular business: pharmaceuticals.  On January 17, 2014, Judge Joel A. Pisano of the District of New Jersey sided with Warner Read more about Victory for the Patent Holder – Warner Chilcott v. Lupin and Amneal[…]

IP News from the Supreme Court – December 2013

IP News from the Supreme Court – December 2013

When the US Supreme Court elects to weigh in on matters of intellectual property, the legal landscape awaits their every word with bated breath.  Two matters of the kind are currently before the Supreme Court: divided patent infringement liability and patentability of software.  The adventure is just beginning.             Divided Patent Infringement Liability: The Supreme Read more about IP News from the Supreme Court – December 2013[…]

How Invalidity can Trump Indirect Infringement: the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Commil v. Cisco

How Invalidity can Trump Indirect Infringement: the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Commil v. Cisco

If you own a patent, you know that you need to be aware of potential and actual infringers.  After all, a patent grants an inventor the exclusive right to make, sell, and use an invention, and what good are those rights if someone else is doing just the same with an identical invention? Of course, Read more about How Invalidity can Trump Indirect Infringement: the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Commil v. Cisco[…]

How Invalidity can Trump Indirect Infringement: the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Commil v. Cisco

How Invalidity can Trump Indirect Infringement: the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Commil v. Cisco

If you own a patent, you know that you need to be aware of potential and actual infringers.  After all, a patent grants an inventor the exclusive right to make, sell, and use an invention, and what good are those rights if someone else is doing just the same with an identical invention? Of course, Read more about How Invalidity can Trump Indirect Infringement: the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Commil v. Cisco[…]

Patenting Human Genes: Slam the Brakes

Patenting Human Genes: Slam the Brakes

Imagine if you could own your DNA.  Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?  After all, we’re all born with our own genes and DNA – it’s our own individual blueprint – so why not get to own what is already naturally ours?  Seems like one ought to be able to file for a patent for genes Read more about Patenting Human Genes: Slam the Brakes[…]

Software Patenting: Another Setback

Software Patenting: Another Setback

Intellectual property law forbids the patenting of abstract ideas.  After all, imagine if someone had patented the immutable laws of physics – that person could have an infringement case against everyone under the sun.  But, is a software-based invention inherently too abstract an idea to be patented?  Software programmers who want to file patents hope Read more about Software Patenting: Another Setback[…]

The Times They Are A’Changing

The Times They Are A’Changing

The amount of money companies are prepared to invest on protecting their intellectual property is a fairly good litmus test for the state of the economy.  There is concern that the current depression in the economy is showing no sign of improving. In a recent article by the Economist Magazine, the number of patent applications Read more about The Times They Are A’Changing[…]

Did the America Invents Act of 2011 Kill “False Marking” Claims for Relief?

Did the America Invents Act of 2011 Kill “False Marking” Claims for Relief?

Did the America Invents Act of 2011 kill “false marking” claims for relief?  Yes and no, but, mostly, yes.  It is now primarily the Federal government’s responsibility to protect consumers from false claims of patent protection.  Wish us the best of luck. 35 U.S.C. 292 provided: “Whoever, without the consent of the patentee, marks upon, Read more about Did the America Invents Act of 2011 Kill “False Marking” Claims for Relief?[…]