Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News Interviews Kristie Prinz on Patent Reform

Comments Off on Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News Interviews Kristie Prinz on Patent Reform Written by on March 27, 2009 | Posted in Blog News, IP Legislation, Patent Reform

To follow up on our coverage of the patent reform debate which has been revived in Congress, I wanted to share with you an interview I gave with Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News earlier this month on the patent reform issue. The article explored the competing interests of the biotechnology and high tech industries on […]

Congress Set to Consider Leahy-Hatch, Kyl Patent Reform Bills

Comments Off on Congress Set to Consider Leahy-Hatch, Kyl Patent Reform Bills Written by on March 27, 2009 | Posted in Patent Reform

Congress is set to consider two newly introduced patent reform bills.  The Leahy-Hatch bill, also known as the Patent Reform Act of 2009, was introduced on March 3, 2009.  The full text of  S. 515, the  Leahy-Hatch bill is attached.  Following the introduction of the Leahy-Hatch bill, Senator Kyl introduced a second bill, S 610, which is also […]

Decision Reached in Case that Challenged Patent Rulemaking Authority by USPTO

Comments Off on Decision Reached in Case that Challenged Patent Rulemaking Authority by USPTO Written by on March 25, 2009 | Posted in IP Licensing Litigation, Patent Cases of Interest

The Federal Circuit has reached a decision in Tafas v. Doll, which is a case that challenged the rulemaking authority of the USPTO. As I explained at the California Biotech Law Blog, the particular patent rules at issue are Rules 75, 78, 114, and 265, which are as follows: Final Rule 78: This rule provided […]

Anticipating Likely Copyright Battle, Amazon Backs Down Over Kindle 2 Audio Feature

Anticipating a likely copyright battle over its new Kindle 2 audio feature, Amazon has backed down on its previous position and announced that publishers and authors will be able to decide whether to enable the feature. The Author’s Guild first signaled that a fight was brewing when it issued a February 12th alert over the […]

Facebook Adopts Townhall Format to Allow Users to Comment and Vote on New Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

Comments Off on Facebook Adopts Townhall Format to Allow Users to Comment and Vote on New Statement of Rights and Responsibilities Written by on March 2, 2009 | Posted in Content Licensing

Reversing its course again for the third time in less than a month, Facebook has proposed another new set of terms and conditions and is adopting a townhall format to allow users to comment and even vote on the new changes. CEO Mark Zuckerburg explained the new changes at the Facebook Blog as follows: We […]

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