While not invited to the party in person, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) provided its written testimony on patent reform to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary hearing on H.R. 1260, the “Patent Reform Act of 2009.” The breakdown for the biotechnology industry looks like this: more than 7.5 million people employed; […]

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary is holding hearings on H.R. 1260, the “Patent Reform Act of 2009” today and, so far, the testimony is pretty much about what you’d expect. Phillip Johnson Chief IP Counsel for J&J, and Bernard Cassidy, Senior VP and GC at Tessera, laid out that strong patent […]

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary is holding a hearing this morning on the Patent Reform Act: 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009 2141 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing on H.R. 1260, the “Patent Reform Act of 2009” Today’s testimony will most likely focus on the more contentious issues of H.R. 1260, […]

The 2009 survey of equity and cash compensation for top management at private companies is now underway by CompStudy.  The survey covers more than 25,000 executives at 5,000 private companies (including venture, angel or private equity-backed) in the technology and life sciences industries. This year’s survey covers a variety of industry segments including software, communications, […]

The saga of the PTO’s rulemaking authority continued on March 20, 2009 when the Federal Circuit issued its 55 page decision in Tafas v. Doll holding that aside from the rule limiting continuations, the other rule changes were procedural in nature and the PTO does have the rule-making authority to implement the rules limiting the […]

Today is World Intellectual Property Day and this year WIPO’s focus is on promoting green innovation as the key to a secure future. According to WIPO, most people are aware of intellectual property (IP) but many still view patents, copyrights and trademarks as business or legal concepts with little to no relevance to their own […]

Recently, we’ve had a rash of clients receiving misleading demands for fees relating to patents and trademarks. These demands typically take the form of official-looking letters that falsely suggest a connection with the International Bureau of WIPO or European Patent Office, and that solicit fees for some supposed service such as “registration” of a patent […]

In celebration of Earth Day, IAmBiotech and their “sister site” WhatCanBiotechDoForYou are spreading the word about the many ways biotechnology is helping save our environment.  The evolution of biotech has resulted in developments and new technologies that are helping to feed, fuel and heal the world.  Through sustainable agriculture and renewable fuels and products, the […]