Well,  we ended up having some iPod Shuffles left over from the BIO2008 International Convention, in San Diego, Calif.  After running the Patent Baristas’ iBarista contest, it turned out to be harder than expected to just “bump into” someone in a crowd of 20,000. So, I thought I’d give everyone a shot at picking up [...]

Elizabeth Edwards is a woman on a mission and her mission is healthcare.  Mrs. Edwards wants us to know that we are facing a crisis in healthcare.  Ours is a system that is the best in the world but that is too expensive for many. Last week at the BIO 2008 conference, Amgen hosted a [...]

See the biotechnology industry’s global reach next month. The BIO International Convention, hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), will take place June 17-20, 2008 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. Not a small, intimate affair with attendance at more than 22,000 in 2007, with representatives from 68 countries — international [...]

The 8th Annual World Intellectual Property Day is April 26, 2008, and focuses on celebrating innovation and promoting respect for intellectual property.  Dr. Kamil Idris, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), highlighted the intrinsic link between creativity, innovation and IP.  Let us know what you think is the best way to celebrate [...]

It seems that — on the spur of the moment — ProBlogger has declared today Blogger Appreciation Day and has asked readers to email another blogger to let them know that you appreciate something about them. He also suggested writing a post with your words of appreciation. I have a lot to be appreciative for [...]

The big buzz around the IP world is that Rick Frenkel, the anonymous blogger of the Troll Tracker blog who just revealed his identity, along with his employer Cisco, have been sued for defamation by two attorneys from Texas, Eric Albritton and T. John Ward, Jr. The lawsuit may be due to a posting over [...]

patent troll (PAT.unt trohl) n. A company that purchases a patent, often from a bankrupt firm, and then sues another company by claiming that one of its products infringes on the purchased patent.. —adj.  In a follow-up to our previous story about lawyer Raymond Niro, from the plaintiffs’ IP firm Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, and his [...]

A new website popped up recently that is an attempt to serve as a global resource for dialogue on intellectual property rights and its role in advancing research and innovation. The site, called Essential Innovation, is an online forum that will feature commentary and analysis on the importance of continued innovation, and the potential consequences [...]