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Does Therasense Bring Sense to Inequitable Conduct?
The Legal Intelligencer
October 11, 2011

A divided 7-4 en banc opinion of the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently offered its solution to “the problems created by the expansion and overuse of the inequitable conduct doctrine” in Therasense Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson & Co. The majority’s solution is a recalibration of the legal standards for proving inequitable conduct as a defense to patent infringement. Full Text

 

Who Owns Engineering Plans and the Right to Develop?
The Legal Intelligencer
October 11, 2011

In this economy, probably every engineering firm has a list of projects that have approvals in various stages of completion but are at a standstill. Unfortunately, those projects can represent hundreds of thousands of dollars of unpaid engineering fees. Full Text

What Generic Top-Level Domains Mean to You and Your Client
The Legal Intelligencer
October 11, 2011

Twenty-five years after the creation of .com, the ABCs of the Internet are about to change. On June 20, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit corporation that oversees the domain name system, approved an unprecedented expansion of generic top level domains (gTLDs). Full Text

 

Blue Skies and Stormy Weather: Balancing Risks and Rewards Of IP in the Cloud
The Legal Intelligencer
October 11, 2011

One of the hottest trends in the business world’s never-ending quest to cut expenses, cloud computing, promises to slash IT operating costs by anywhere from 40 to 80 percent, according to studies performed by the likes of Merrill Lynch, Booz Allen Hamilton and Google. But cloud computing raises serious concerns about privacy, security and liability that are particularly worrisome for companies with substantial intellectual property assets. Full Text

IP in a Wiki World: Social Media Benefits for the Enterprise
The Legal Intelligencer
October 11, 2011

In recent years millions of users have flocked to social media sites like Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook to share social, personal and professional content. The sheer power of these platforms grows with each passing day, and as a result, so has consumers’ dependence on so-called “crowdsourced” information for decision making. Full Text

The America Invents Act in Action
The Legal Intelligencer
October 11, 2011

Patent reform is being hailed as an economic lifeline for the technology industry and a tool to restore momentum to the economy. Some insist that patent reform will foster innovation, support United States competitiveness with other countries, spark job growth, and protect companies from those who misuse and abuse the patent system. Full Text


How to Jump Ahead of the Backlog of Patents Awaiting Examination

The Legal Intelligencer
October 11, 2011

Current backlogs at art units of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are between 18 months and four years, with the overall average time between filing date and first office action at 27 months. Depending on the varying backlogs in different technology areas, it may take several more years after the first office action until a patent is granted. This article describes little-known ways to jump ahead of the queue to obtain expedited examination. Full Text