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BIO Deputy General Counsel Remarks on Revised Eligibility Guidance

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Hans Sauer, BIO’s Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property recently spoke at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s public forum on patent-eligible subject matter. The forum was a chance for the Office to receive public feedback regarding the most recently revised Eligibility Guidance for determining subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 1010. Biotechnology advocates are concerned that PTO examiners have interpreted recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, including those in Alice Corp, Myriad, and Mayo Read More >

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Patent Cases Down by 40% in 2014

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The number of new patent cases filed in federal court has dropped by an astonishing 40 percent as compared to this time last year. This trend has some questioning whether Congressional patent reform is even necessary. Some legal experts are attributing this drop to the fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Alice vs. CLS Bank decision. In June, SCOTUS ruled in the case of Alice that certain subject matter which had been patentable (a computer-implemented Read More >

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NIST Report: Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer Fiscal Year 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce released a report in March discussing Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer for the fiscal year 2009. The report concludes that from the years 2005-2009 the number of new inventions reported declined while new patent applications and issued patents increased.  Standard invention licensing declined while “other” licenses increased.  The report cautions that the numbers do not tell the whole story and they are working to develop Read More >

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