Did you know this about Patents?!



Patent not only depicts a symbiotic relationship between technology and life sciences, but are characterized by following properties legally.


Patent is an intangible asset. As per the dictionary meaning of intangible asset, anything whose physical presence can’t be felt is called intangible. Patent a product of intellect of any person which when put in use can be felt physically, however, we can’t touch intellectual property in any other manner. Interestingly, an intangible asset can be a definite or indefinite asset. Properties like patent with specific life span are definite assets; however, the name of the company will stay with the company till the time it is operating and is considered indefinite asset.


If we look at it patents don’t offer absolute ownership to the assignee or the inventor. The Patents Act provides that the grant of a patent confers upon a patent holder the exclusive right to…

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3D printing not unlike Napster in challenging intellectual property laws

Financial Post | Business

The advent of 3D printing, with its ability to alter business and effect social change, raises a host of challenges related particularly to the unauthorized reproduction of products protected by intellectual property  law.

Writing in an IP Report published by Gowling Lafleur Henderson, the firm’s Stephanie Curcio describes “the multifaceted IP challenges that are implicated by [3D printing’s] use both commercially and directly by consumers.”

Using a digital blueprint, 3D printing uses various forms of layering technology to create three-dimensional objects. Currently limited to small plastic products, “the technology will soon exist to allow consumers to personally print anything from customized toys and jewellery, to functional goods such as replacement parts for lawn mowers.”

As Curcio points out, 3D printing patents were first filed over 30 years ago, and a number of the initial patents are expiring or have expired. This has allowed others “to bring additional 3D printing technologies to the…

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Campbell University to offer patent law classes – a first for N.C. – Triangle Business Journal


To be sure, when the terms “patent” and “lawyer” are anywhere near each other, the term “patent troll” is often not far behind. A recent MIT study found that patent lawsuits in the United States more than doubled from 2004 to 2012 to more than 5,000 annually that affected 12,600 defendants. Patent litigation cost startups at least $22 billion over the past five years in lost venture capital investment, according to the study.

Intellectual Ventures acquires hundreds of patents for new troll fund


It’s been a good year for patent trolls, and now the biggest troll of them all wants to keep the party going: a report reveals that Intellectual Ventures has acquired more than 200 new patents, which will help IV extend its legal tentacles in fields like wireless infrastructure and cloud computing.

In case you’re unfamiliar, IV’s peculiar brand of innovation involves acquiring old patents and using them to arm thousands of shell companies, whose sole business is to extract licensing fees from productive businesses.

News of IV’s restocked war chest comes after earlier reports that initial investors, including Apple(s aapl), had declined to participate in IV’s newest trolling fund. According to the report, by law firm Richardson Oliver and spotted by IAM, the fund is on track since IV purchased 16 percent of all available patent packages in the first half of 2014. A chart by the firm suggests it paid $1-$2 million in most cases; here’s a…

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Brand protection: new trends in EU case-law

European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

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At present, EU law and especially the case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) provides wide-ranging protection of brands, which are considered as trademarks in law, covering such functions of trademarks as their use for the purposes of advertising, investment and communication with consumers. However, this approach causes controversy because it broadens the scope of trademark protection beyond the primary function of indicating the origin of goods and services and guaranteeing their quality (origin function).

In recent years scholars have criticised the current line of CJEU case-law on this issue, specifically its understanding of trademarks’ functions . As a consequence, academics have suggested rethinking the current wide scope of trademark protection in the EU, which they consider to be exaggerated, and ” push[ing] the genie back in the bottle .” They argue that trademark protection should be available only for use of…

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Intellectual Property at the Workplace: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives, by Dr Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid, the Book Launch

The IP Factor


This is a report of the  book launch of Dr Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid’s opus “Intellectual Property at the Workplace: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives, by Dr Shlomit Yanitzky-Ravid”. קניין רוחני בעסודה: תיאוריה, מעשה ומשפט השווה – ד”ר שולמית יניצקי-רביד. I have a peer-reviewed book review waiting publication, and can only blog that once it has publishes, at least on-line, so this article focuses on the event, not the book.


Dr Miriam Biton once accused me of only blogging about refreshments at conferences. This is not true. I try to cover events for IP enthusiasts who forgot to attend, and do try to cover the less substantive aspects of events as well. Nevertheless, I had worked through lunch and the reception started at 4:30, so I was grateful that it included savoury sandwiches. They weren’t very exciting or tasty, but were filling, and I didn’t get home until gone 10 PM…

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Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents in 2013

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Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents in 2013 (PDF)
Source: Intellectual Property Owners Association

This list of organizations that received the most U.S. utility patents is being published by IPO for the 31st consecutive year. It is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Patents granted to parent and subsidiary companies are combined in many instances. See the end notes for more information. IPO makes reasonable efforts to avoid errors, but cannot guarantee accuracy.

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Changes and Trends in Paralegal Education.

The Researching Paralegal

Take Your Seats, by Sally A. Kane, J.D., Paralegal Today


A changing economic climate, emerging technologies and a global legal market have transformed the legal industry. In response to evolving market demands, paralegal educators and law firm managers are adapting school programs, continuing legal education courses and training policies to better prepare today’s paralegals for success in the workforce and in their careers.

‘Paralegal roles are expanding,’ said Charles Volkert, Esq., executive director of Robert Half Legal, a national legal staffing service based in  Menlo Park, Calif. ‘Law firms look for multiple skill sets and a wide variety of experience as they expand globally.’

What skills sets are hot in today’s paralegal market? Paralegal educators, managers and recruiters across the country agree that a combination of strong technology, writing and communication skills, and hands-on experience will help paralegals excel in the workplace. Other hot trends in paralegal education…

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