Category Archives: Intellectual Property

The Federal Circuit is Shirking Its Constitutional Duty to Provide Certainty for Critical Innovation

Here we go again! Another patent whose claims have been invalidated at the Federal Circuit—predictably, another medical diagnostic patent. Athena Diagnostics v. Mayo Collaborative (Fed. Cir. Feb. 6, 2019). This is getting old, tired and fundamentally ridiculous. The statute, which is all of one-sentence long, specifically lists discoveries as patent eligible. So why are discoveries being declared patent ineligible? To the extent these decisions are mandated by the Supreme Court, they directly contradict the easy to understand and very direct language of the statute. The Federal Circuit is wrong, period. Perhaps they are so close to these cases and trying so hard to do what they think is right that they have lost perspective, but these rulings are fundamentally saying that discoveries are not patent eligible. We are told repeatedly that they are mandated by Supreme Court precedent. Obviously, that cannot be correct. The statute says: “Whoever invents or….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents

The following comes directly from the USPTO:  On February 11, 2019, the USPTO released “Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents,” a report on the trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors named on U.S. patents granted from 1976 through 2016. The report shows that women still comprise a small minority of patent inventors. Further, it highlights the untapped potential of women to spur U.S. innovation. Women, like other under-represented groups, are among the “lost Einsteins”—people who may contribute valuable inventions had they been exposed to innovation1 and had greater access to the patent system. Download report Major findings: The share of patents that include at least one woman as an inventor increased from about 7 percent in the 1980s to 21 percent by 2016. Even with this increase in patent counts, women inventors made up only 12 percent of all inventors on patents granted in 2016.….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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¿Puede ser competencia desleal advertir sobre el próximo cierre de un negocio?

La Sala Primera del Tribunal Supremo, en su sentencia núm. 59/2019, de 29 de enero, aplica su doctrina sobre el concepto de finalidad concurrencial del artículo 2 de la Ley 3/1991, de 10 de enero, de Competencia Desleal (LCD). La controversia traía causa de unos supuestos actos desleales llevados a cabo por uno de los demandados, que había instado un procedimiento de desahucio contra la ahora demandante, consistentes en avisar a los clientes y proveedores del futuro cierre del restaurante, enviar a unos cobradores al restaurante a reclamar las cuantías debidas, e inducir a los trabajadores a finalizar la relación contractual con la demandante. Tanto en primera instancia como en apelación, se desestimaron las pretensiones de la actora ya que no quedaron acreditados los actos que imputaba al demandado. Ante estas resoluciones, se interpuso recurso de casación basado en la incorrecta interpretación del concepto de….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Patents Icescape Ltd v Ice-World International BV

Author: Peters Hans/ArnefoLicence Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 NetherlandsSource Wikipedia Ice Dance Jane Lambert Court of Appeal (Lord Kitchin, Lord Justices Floyd and Longmore)  Icescape Ltd v Ice-World International BV and Another : [2018] EWCA Civ 2219 The importance of this case is that it interprets, applies and possibly extends the Supreme Court's.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Rihanna Sues Her Father for Using Their Last Name in His Entertainment Company

William Shakespeare’s character Juliet famously asked Romeo “What’s in a name?” The question still rings true today, and the answer may be, well, a lot. The Power of a Name The value in Grammy-award winning singer Rihanna’s name, her surname specifically, is at the center of a legal dispute between her and her father. Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known worldwide as Rihanna, sued her father, Ronald Fenty (“Mr. Fenty”) alleging he used their surname, Fenty, to mislead consumers into thinking she was associated with his business, Fenty Entertainment LLC. Rihanna filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Mr. Fenty and his business partner, Moses Joktan Perkins, claiming a violation her right of publicity, false designation of origin, and false light, among other claims. She is seeking damages, an injunction to stop her father from using her “FENTY” trademark to sell or promote any goods or….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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