Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), testified in an oversight hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. Among the topics addressed in the testimony were patent and trademark quality and timeliness; hiring, retention […]

IP Newsflash, an IP meta-information portal that browses your information channels for you and presents only relevant, recent and customizable IP information on a single page, just got better.  IP Newsflash is touted as being for “patent professionals who want to stay up to date but dislike the tedious task of browsing through countless sources […]

Robert Shapiro, chairman of Sonecon, LLC, and former advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, has published a study on the potential savings when generic biologic treatments (biogenerics) find a pathway in the U.S.   I say when and not if since the government is the largest consumer of medical care […]

Securing Innovation has a piece on the Eco-Patent Commons, an initiative to create a collection of patents on technology that directly or indirectly protects the environment. The patents will be pledged by companies and other intellectual property rights holders and made available to anyone free of charge. Eco-Patent info in pdf here. Biotechnology Industry Organization […]

Drug developers often search for new leads in the biodiversity often found in developing countries. Often, a new theraputic or genetically engineered product is developed and patented. Depending upon your view, this is either the free market at play in creating new and better products (so-called bioprospecting) or exploitation of developing nations (so-called biopiracy). However, […]

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a company’s confidential customer list is a protected trade secret even if a former employee retains the information purely from memory. This doesn’t change the law, a trade secret is a trade secret regardless of whether it is memorized or in a more tangible form, just clarifies that […]

The Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences Group (OVALS) will host it’s 6th Annual regional conference  “Transformational Research: A Bridge to Building Economies” on April 14-15, 2008, at the Historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.  Topics Include: Future trends in the biotech industry and factors that will shape it A close-up view of NC: key […]

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, “Well, There You Go Again!” The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit again affirmed that, while the practice of savings seeds after a harvest to plant the next season is as old as farming itself, you can’t save patented seeds. After the district court held that Loren David knowingly infringed […]