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  • Here's who the patent office paid millions to do little or no work; officials feared union fury

    With too little work and too much free time, paralegal employees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office were paid more than $5 million while doing nothing for four years.

  • Patent troll law goes into effect in Georgia

    ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – A Georgia law aimed at combating so-called “patent trolls” went into effect earlier this month. House Bill 809, which was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in April, became effective July 1. Williamson The new law defines and prohibits those patent assertion...

  • Law professor: Federal patent reform ‘certainly’ not going away

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Though one federal bill aimed at combating so-called “patent trolls” failed to make it out of a U.S. Senate committee in May, one legal expert says patent reform is nowhere near dead. Adam Mossoff, a law professor at George Mason University and senior...

  • PTO provides examiners with guidance on software patents in light of U.S. SC ruling

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently provided its examiners with guidance on software patents following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month that ruled some software method and systems patents are invalid. And one patent attorney says the PTO’s...

  • North Carolina patent troll bill still in negotiations

    RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A bill that includes a provision aimed at combating so-called “patent trolls” is closer to becoming law in North Carolina. The “Abusive Patent Assertions Act,” an article within Senate Bill 648, attempts to “strike a balance” between the...

  • Study: U.S. SC rulings pose challenge to some in life sciences industry trying to obtain patents

    SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A study released last month shows that two U.S. Supreme Court rulings have made it more difficult for companies in the life sciences industry to obtain patents. Bloomberg BNA and law firm Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP, in conjunction with the...

  • Federal Circuit rules against Acacia subsidiary in case over ‘device profile’ patent

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled last week that a device profile patent asserted by the subsidiary of one of the country’s leading licensing companies is invalid. In Digitech Image Technologies LLC v. Electronics For Imaging Inc., the...

  • Missouri governor signs patent troll bill into law

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – Last week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law a bill aimed at combating so-called patent “trolls.” Nixon signed Senate Bill 706 in an effort to protect state businesses and residents from “being preyed upon” by trolls, he said....

  • White House watches patent reform go from certain victory to embarrassing defeat

    To say the White House was bullish this winter about the prospects for patent reform would be an understatement.

  • Leahy blames Reid — and trial lawyers — for failure of patent reform bill

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is blaming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the failure of his patent reform bill. Leahy, the sponsor of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, removed the bill from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s calendar in May....

  • U.S. SC shoots down Federal Circuit’s test in case over broad patent claims

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court last month overruled the federal court in charge of handling all U.S. patent appeals, rejecting its test for determining whether a patent claim is sufficiently “definite.” In Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc., the nation’s...

  • Patent reform legislation sidelined; Leahy hopes bill will be taken up again this year

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – At least one piece of federal legislation aimed at combating so-called patent “trolls” will have to wait until later this year. U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, the sponsor of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, removed the bill from the Senate...

  • Microsoft, Canon sign patent agreement

    REDMOND, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Microsoft Corp. and Canon Inc., the camera and printer maker, announced last week they have signed a patent cross-licensing agreement. The companies said in a news release Wednesday that under the deal both Microsoft and Canon gain licenses to each...

  • U.S. SC rules software patents, drawn to ‘patent-ineligible abstract idea,’ are invalid

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that some software method and system patents are invalid. The nation’s high court, in its June 19 opinion, said the claims in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International and CLS Services Ltd. were drawn to...

  • New US patent office opens in Denver

    DENVER (AP) — Denver's new patent office is up and running. After operating in a temporary office since last year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opened its new permanent office Monday in the Byron White Federal Building downtown. It will now start recruiting more patent examiners....



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