Obama Administration Releases the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on IP Enforcement


I guess June must be “Let’s Talk About Intellectual Property Month” at the Obama White House. Yesterday, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, released the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. The Joint Strategic Plan expands upon the initial report released in 2010 that was meant to address industry and the Administration’s […]

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Breaking News: US Supreme Court Rejects Isolated Gene Patents

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In a unanimous decision yesterday, the United States Supreme Court held that “a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but cDNA is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring.” So what does this mean? In his written opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas […]

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The Only Way to Stop Patent Trolls


After seeing the Obama Administration’s June 4 announcement on its plan to combat non-practicing entities (NPEs), a.k.a. patent trolls, and reading commentary on the President’s actions and recommendations, I’m having a hard time understanding why anyone in the patent community sees this as real progress toward a viable solution. The Administration is going about this […]

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More Stupid Patent Reform Attempts Brought to You by POTUS

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I don’t even know where to start on this one but here goes. Yesterday President Obama announced that his Administration is going to take on patent trolls.  From the White House press release on the matter: “The White House issued five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations designed to protect innovators from frivolous litigation and […]

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5/16: 3rd Annual Super Marketing Conference for Lawyers

Calling all lawyers! The 3rd Annual Super Marketing Conference will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. What makes this all-day conference special? It was created by lawyers for lawyers.  This conference specifically addresses the unique marketing requirements of our profession keeping in mind our ethics rules […]

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Beware the Ides of March

Today I come to praise the United States First-to-Invent Patent System, and to bury it. I was a fan of your fairness to solo and small inventors, allowing them the opportunity to compete with big business on a small budget by giving them the opportunity to prove they were the first to invent, even if […]

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7 Things American Companies Need to Know About the America Invents Act


It’s amazing how fast 18 months flies by.  It seems like just yesterday I was lamenting the passing of the America Invents Act, and now here we are mere days away from its final implementation. If you haven’t heard, the United States will officially follow the herd and become a First-Inventor-to-File nation on Saturday, March […]

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America Invents Act: Hurting Startups, Helping No One

Well, we’re almost there.  Next month the United States will implement the last phase of the America Invents Act (AIA), and the First-to-File rules will go into effect. It’s amazing how fast 18 months passes, and how the sentiment remains the same. Foreign commentators think it’s a move in the right direction.  It creates a […]

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The True Nature of Patents

Patents are limited, legal monopolies. By their very nature, they are exclusionary.  They keep people, companies, and competitors out. If you have a patent you have the right to exclude others from the space that the patent covers.  In essence, as a patent owner, you have the right to stop competition for a short period […]

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3 Little Words

It’s January, the month of resolutions, of planning, of strategizing what we hope to accomplish in the new year ahead. Personally, I don’t make resolutions.  Although there are a few things I could change about me, I know that making resolutions is a waste of time.  Why?  Because I know I’m probably not going to […]

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