If you have to participate in Valentine’s Day, at least make it legal when you hand the card to your significant other (hereinafter referred to as “My One True Love”). Docracy, a website of online legal documents, has posted the “Be My Valentine – Lawyer Edition.” The Valentine form allows you to fill in a […]

At the beginning of this month, AT&T rewarded some customers by giving them 1,000 free rollover minutes. While I’ll leave the debate of the dubiousness of such a reward to later, I just received a message from AT&T saying I have been upgraded and now can call any U.S. mobile phone for free: “AT&T Free […]

kar·ma/ˈkärmə/ 1. The sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. 2. Destiny or fate, following as effect from cause. As a part of my attempt to become a happier, calmer, and more optimistic person (i.e., the opposite of my natural personality), I’ve […]

On September 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.   This Act is touted as the most comprehensive overhaul to our patent system since 1836. The new law is intended to afford more certainty for patent applicants and owners, and provide the USPTO the resources needed to operate efficiently and […]

This morning, President Obama signed the America Invents Act at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria, Virginia—a school named for the first official to issue U.S. patents.  On stage with President Obama was a bipartisan group of legislators:  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX); Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA); and Rep. […]

On 9/6/11, US Business & Industry Council (USBIC) arranged a briefing for Senate staff about the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R.1249)(formerly known as the Patent Reform Act of 2011). This briefing’s purpose was to make the Senate aware of many of the problems with this horrific legislation. The panelists were (from right to left (facing […]

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, H.R. 1249, which passed the House in June by 304-117 in June, contains a provision to amend 35 U.S.C. 156, the statute governing patent term extensions. Specifically, a section of HR1249 would insert the following clause: ‘For purposes of determining the date on which a product receives permission under the […]

Mashable has an infographic on the recent patent wars.  Winding its way from the early conceptions of patent rights to trends in patent filings and ending with recent patent tiffs involving tech companies like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung. Google executives said that a major reason they were willing to pay $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility […]