Today marks the 21st annual World Intellectual Property Day. The event is held each year on the 26th of April to commemorate the day the WIPO Convention, which established the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), entered into force in 1970. Read more
Professor Tabrez Ebrahim on Clean and Sustainable Technological Innovation
The following post comes from Associate Professor of Law Tabrez Ebrahim of California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.
By Tabrez Ebrahim
What role should patent law have in promoting environmentally friendly, clean, and sustainable technology innovation? Does patent law provide adequate incentives for inventions and innovation that address environmental problems? Read more
USPTO-DOJ Workshop on Promoting Innovation in the Life Science Sector: Day Two Recap
The following post comes from Austin Shaffer, a 2L at Scalia Law and a Research Assistant at CPIP.
By Austin Shaffer
This past fall, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted day two of their public workshop to discuss the importance of intellectual property rights and pro-competitive collaborations for life sciences companies, research institutions, and American consumers. Read more
USPTO-DOJ Workshop on Promoting Innovation in the Life Science Sector: Day One Recap
The following post comes from Colin Kreutzer, a 2E at Scalia Law and a Research Assistant at CPIP.
By Colin Kreutzer
This past fall, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a joint workshop with the Department of Justice (DOJ) entitled Promoting Innovation in the Life Sciences Sector and Supporting Pro-Competitive Collaborations: The Role of Intellectual Property. Read more
Consumer Perception Wins the Day: A Case Overview of USPTO v. Booking.com
The following post comes from Ryan Reynolds, a rising 3L at Scalia Law and a Research Assistant at CPIP.
By Ryan Reynolds
Last week, the Supreme Court in USPTO v. Booking.com held that a combination of an otherwise generic term and a generic top-level domain (TLD) may be protected as a trademark so long as consumers perceive it as capable of distinguishing among the members of a class of goods or services and not as a reference to the class itself. Read more
New Paper Explores Possibility of Gold-Plated Patents Beyond the PTAB’s Reach
What if there is a way for a patent applicant to obtain a “gold-plated patent” that is immune to administrative cancellation before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)? This intriguing notion is the subject of a recent paper by Professor Michael S. Read more
New CPIP Policy Brief: Barnett on the End of Patent Groupthink
In a new CPIP policy brief entitled The End of Patent Groupthink, CPIP Senior Fellow for Innovation Policy Jonathan Barnett highlights some cracks that have emerged in the recent policy consensus that the U.S. patent system is “broken” and it is necessary to “fix” it. Read more
“No Combination Drug Patents Act” Stalls, but Threats to Innovation Remain
By Kevin Madigan & Sean O’Connor
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee was to mark up a bill limiting patent eligibility for combination drug patents—new forms, uses, and administrations of FDA approved medicines. While the impetus was to curb so-called “evergreening” of drug patents, the effect would have been to stifle life-saving therapeutic innovations. Read more
Supreme Court to Assess USPTO’s Controversial Attorneys’ Fees Position
By Chris Katopis & Devlin Hartline
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an important case concerning patent law procedures and the American legal system in general. In Iancu v. NantKwest, the Court asks, “Does all really mean all?” Read more
U.S. Rise in International IP Index Signals Progress in Ongoing Effort to Restore Faith in the Patent System
Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) released the seventh edition of the International IP Index for 2019, Inspiring Tomorrow. The report provides some long sought good news for the innovation community, as the U.S. Read more