Monthly Archives: June 2014

Trade secrets: Promise of federal protection brings new hope for critical IP law

Originally published at The Hill.  U.S. companies protect their intellectual property through various legal tools, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Despite accounting for an average of two-thirds of U.S. companies’ information value, trade secrets suffer from extremely limited

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Kappos on Alice: Supreme Court leaves patent protection for software innovation intact

Originally published at SCOTUSblog. From the perspective of the parties involved, this week’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision held that a process that lessens settlement risk for trades of financial instruments is too abstract for patenting. However, to the

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PAI Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Alice v CLS

“Today’s decision affirms software’s critical role in modern innovation and the need for patent protection. Software innovations are powering the latest technologies in every industry, including IBM, Ford, GE, DuPont and others, creating American jobs and driving our economy. This

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The Patent System Is A Boon — Not A Drain — To The American Economy

Originally published at Forbes. There is a near daily publication of opinion pieces taking aim at our country’s patent system. Many share these authors’ concerns with frivolous patent cases that waste valuable resources and cause some to question the legitimacy of

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An Agency Responds: USPTO’s Challenge to Create Post-Myriad Examination Guidelines that Translate Supreme Court Decision into Day-to-Day Action

Originally published at IPWatchdog. When the Supreme Court hands down a decision bearing on a hotly contested area of law, it means the work has just begun for any agency tasked with administering its consequences. Last term, the Court rendered

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