“The world is shifting to an innovation economy and nobody does innovation better than America. ” —President Obama, December 6, 2011 On September 16, 2011, President Obama announced that his Administration would release a National Bioeconomy Blueprint as part of his commitment to supporting scientific discovery and technological breakthroughs to ensure sustainable economic growth, improve […]

“Behind many extraordinary innovations there are extraordinary human stories.” ~Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO On April 26, 2012, WIPO celebrates World Intellectual Property Day.  The theme of World IP Day this year is “Visionary Innovators”.  Behind every great innovation, either artistic or technological, is a human story – a tale in which new pathways […]

A genius transforms the world by expanding the frontiers of intellect. Intellectual property nurtures genius by protecting products of the mind and intellect for the benefit of society.  ~ Dr. Kalyan Kankanala Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, the founder of SiNApSE Blog and a leading IP expert in India, has published a short e-book entitled, FUN […]

As reported in the Atlantic, applicants to law school are down 15.6 percent for the year. Bigger problem? The wrong students may have stopped applying. The smallest drop in applications (4.3%) was among test takers who scored below a 144. Meanwhile, applicants in the 170-174 range are down by more than 20 percent. The Law […]

What: Known by many names within the industry – non-practicing entity (NPE), patent assertion entity (PAE) and most infamously as “patent trolls” – NPEs over the past few years have single-handedly spawned a sub-specialty of patent litigation.  It’s certainly big business.  It’s estimated that the average patent suit involving NPEs results in $122 million in […]

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Invent Now® and the National Academy of Inventors™ invite you to the Florida Regional Inventors Conference, a great chance to get practical advice from expert USPTO staff and to network with fellow creative entrepreneurs. Space is limited, so click here to register early. The conference will be held […]

The day after the Supreme Court issued its  decision in Mayo v. Prometheus, the USPTO issued a letter to the Patent Examining Corps that provides preliminary guidance to examiners and promises that more detailed guidance is forthcoming. MEMORANDUM DATE:            March 21, 2012 TO:                 Patent Examining Corps FROM:           Andrew H. Hirshfeld, Associate Commissioner […]

As you know, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Mayo v. Prometheus, an important intellectual property case for biotech.  The Court held that the correlation between blood test results and patient health is not patentable. Under Prometheus, new patents involving correlations between natural phenomena must do more than simply recite the natural correlation and then […]