Category Archives: Intellectual Property

New PatentlyO Law Journal Essay: Is There Any Need to Resort to a § 101 Exception for Prior Art Ideas?

New PatentlyO Law Journal Essay by Jeremy C. Doerre.  Mr. Doerre is a patent attorney with the law firm of Tillman Wright, PLLC. In the wake of Alice, many observers have suggested that the implicit judicial exception to 35 U.S.C. § 101 for abstract ideas is now sometimes being used as a judicial or administrative shortcut to invalidate or reject claims that should properly be addressed under 35 U.S.C. § 103. This article notes that “the concern that drives this exclusionary principle [is] one of pre-emption,” and queries whether, given the Supreme Court’s “standard approach of construing a statutory exception narrowly to preserve the primary operation of the general rule,” the implicit statutory exception to 35 U.S.C. § 101 for abstract ideas should be narrowly construed to not apply for prior art ideas because 35 U.S.C. § 103 already ensures that claims do not “’disproportionately t[ie] up the use of []….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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De conserje a uno de los mejores científicos mexicanos

Julio Zamora, uno de los científicos con más futuro en México, de 40 años, en la actualidad cuenta con 30 solicitudes de patentes en el sector de inteligencia artificial. Estas incluyen relojes inteligentes, pulseras saludables y zapatillas con GPS. En una entrevista que concedió a Milenio México, el científico dijo que uno de sus primeros empleos fue como conserje en la empresa internacional Intel. Esa temporada de su vida marcó su rumbo, se dio cuenta de lo que quería hacer el resto de su vida. En la actualidad, Julio Zamora busca ingresar 100 solicitudes de patentes, tras 10 años de carrera como científico. Al trabajo en equipo, señaló, lo considera una pieza clave para las diferentes ramas de ingeniería, en las que eventualmente podría explotar su potencial al lado de sus compañeros de trabajo. Julio está convencido de que el arte es la….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Canadian Trademark Oppositions – Put Your Best Foot Forward

Before a Canadian trademark is registered, it must be advertised and exposed to third-party opposition before the Canadian Trademarks Opposition Board (“TMOB”).  Procedural complexity has triggered criticism of Canadian trademark opposition proceedings as formalistic.  For example, appeals from the TMOB to the Federal Court are available as of right and it has always been a peculiar feature of Canadian trademark oppositions that the parties get an evidentiary “do over” on appeal.  This practice of dragging out litigation by withholding evidence at the first instance is changing. If material new evidence is adduced on appeal from a decision of the TMOB, the standard of review is higher – correctness – rather than the more deferential standard of reasonableness applied in cases where there is no new evidence proffered on appeal.  This discrepancy in the standard of review has caused many….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Navigating California’s Complex Cannabis Industry

As of now, ten states have legalized recreational cannabis. Twenty-one other states allow medicinal use of cannabis, many of which are expected to legalize recreational cannabis in the near future. Investors have sunk an estimated $10 billion into cannabis-related businesses in 2018, an amount that is expected to reach $16 billion this year. The fast spreading legalization of cannabis presents a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, businesses and investors to get in on the “ground floor” of….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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CAFC tackles CBM issues in Trading Technologies

The CAFC noted:Pursuant to § 18(a)(1)(E) of the AIA, the Board mayonly institute CBM review for a patent that is a CBM patent. A CBM patent is “a patent that claims a method orcorresponding apparatus for performing data processing orother operations used in the practice, administration, ormanagement of a financial product or service, except thatthe term does not include patents for technological inventions.” Id. § 18(d)(1) (emphasis added). Pursuant to its authority under § 18(d)(2), the Patent and Trademark Office(“PTO”) promulgated 37 C.F.R. § 42.301(b), which requiresthe Board to consider the following on a case-by-case basisin determining whether a patent is for a technological invention: “whether the claimed subject matter as a wholerecites a technological feature that is novel and unobviousover the prior art” and whether it “solves a technical problem using a technical solution.” We review the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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