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Fruits of legal reform ripen into patents from the rain forest. Plus: finding the soft underbelly of business method patents, why the whole truth works best at the PTO, and two towers’ take on copyright. All this and more in the latest issue of Legal Times’ IP .
• Editor’s Note A few words from Managing Editor Elizabeth Engdahl about the latest issue of IP.
FEATURES ♦ • Green Idea! In the vast rain forests of Brazil, uncommon flora and fauna offer the promise of many biomedical breakthroughs. For years the country’s intellectual property system failed to encourage such renewable exploitation. But recent legal reforms and new government policies are finally pushing the kind of public-private ventures that spur innovation. by Michael P. Ryan • Close Enough? The flood of business method patents after the Federal Circuit’s State Street decision has surged right into court. For alleged infringers, one old avenue of defense offers new promise: Business method patents may be especially vulnerable to attack on the grounds of indefiniteness. by James E. Hopenfeld and Gene W. Lee • You’ve Been Warned A good rule of thumb is to answer the Patent Office’s questions fully, fairly, and in the spirit in which they’re asked. A recent Federal Circuit decision provides striking evidence of how dangerous the failure to disclose can be. by Arthur A. Wellman Jr. • A Tale of Two Towers Of all the ripple effects of 9/11, a boost to copyrights may be the most unexpected. But a key decision in a suit over the original design for a new tower at Ground Zero has shone a spotlight on protection of architectural designs. by Matthew W. Clanton
IN THE NEWS ♦ • Those Are My Polka Dots • The Subject Was Polymerized Bodies • TiVo Attorney Battles the Giants • Jurors Can Hear Trade-Secrets Tale • It’s the First Song I Ever Wrote for You

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