Patexia is offering a $5000 prize to the winner of a research contest involving charge pumps in voltage controlled oscillators. The goal is to find relevant, published material pre-dating a certain patent. This is a chance to win money, to tackle a real problem, to showcase your technical skills, and to gain visibility in the […]

It’s day numbah five until BIO 2012 Convention hits beantown in a flurry of activity, Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey known for his combative style, was named the BIO 2012 Governor of the Year. The Award was presented to Governor Christie at a special ceremony at the State House in Trenton joined […]

“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 […]

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 […]

More commentary on the compulsory license granted by the Indian Patent Office for Bayer’s drug Sorafenib Tosylate (Nexavar): I read your follow-up post on compulsory licensing.  In it, you state that average income in India is $8000.  I have no idea what your source is, but you are regrettably wrong.  Average gross salary in India […]

Well, I’ve certainly heard from a number of people regarding my earlier post on  the compulsory license granted by the Controller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks to Natco Pharma for manufacture of Bayer’s drug Sorafenib Tosylate (Nexavar), a drug used to treat liver and kidney cancer. The gist of the complaints are that I’m […]

Well. as you know, March 14 (3/14) is the day that people around the world celebrate that ridiculously long number known as pi (), which is: 3.14159265358979323 846264338327950288 4197169399375105820 974944592307816406 28620899862803482 53421170679… And that’s just the first hundred digits! Do numbers matter?  Most think so: “Numbers are really just abstract symbols, and we have to bring […]

“I wanted to call this book A Dispeptic Introduction to Intellectual Property, but the publishers understandably said “Um, no.”  ~Dan Hunter Sometimes, a book comes along that is just so cute you have to pick it up and read it.  Such it is in “The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Intellectual Property,” a little guide […]