Monthly Archives: March 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Claims for Attempting to Patent Laws of Nature

On 20 March 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,355,623 and 6,680,302 failed to satisfy the prohibition of claiming laws of nature. In Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., 566 U.S. ___ (2012), the Court reasons that “all inventions at some level embody, use, reflect, rest […]

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Putting Patents to Work

The trend among tech companies is to generate returns from investments which include patents. Patents must be seen in context with markets, competitors, customers, and current and future products. It is helpful to have a systematic process for managing a company’s patents. Each company is likely to have different goals for their collection or portfolio […]

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Trademark Clearinghouse for new gTLDs Should be Working by October 2012

I finally located some information about submitting registered or otherwise officially recognized trademarks to protect them from use in the new generic top level domains (gTLDs). I found the information at euroDNS.com, not at the ICANN site. ICANN plans to have a third party own and operate a Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) for use by new […]

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Patentable Subject Matter – Revisited in Dealertrack

On 20 January 2012, the Federal Circuit reverses a district court ruling that excluded the Internet from a recited “communications medium.”  Also, the court construes a means-plus-function claim as including algorithms disclosed in the specification. Some means-plus-function claims are held indefinite because of the failure to disclose corresponding algorithms. The “computer aided” method claim was […]

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