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Aug 2012

BROAD CLAIM CONSTRUCTIONS —Be Careful What You Ask For

In a recent Federal Circuit decision, the court once again illustrated the dangers associated with seeking unduly broad claim constructions.  In MagSil,[1] the plaintiff had a claim which required a change in resistance of at least 10 percent at room temperature.  The specification showed examples up to 11.8 percent, but no greater.  During litigation, however, the plaintiff sought a claim construction that would encompass from...

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Aug 2012

SUING THE PTO —Can You Challenge PTO Decisions?

In a recent District Court decision, a judge allowed a lawsuit to proceed against the PTO, under the auspices of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). This case is particularly interesting, because it involves a defendant in a patent litigation bringing suit against the PTO to challenge the PTO’s decision to allow the plaintiff in the litigation to late claim priority to a prior application.In Exela...

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May 2012

May 2012

U.S. Litigation (Strategic Preparations and Statistics) Tom Scherer presented on the U.S. Litigation to a group of attorneys and intellectual property department personnel in Tokyo, Japan.


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Mar 2012

March 2012

Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups Aly Dossa presented at the National Business Incubator Association Conference, Houston, Texas.


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Oct 2011

October 2011

An Introduction to Intellectual Property and Patent Law Aron Griffith gave an intellectual property primer presentation at the 3rd Annual AIChE Regional Process Technology Conference in Galveston, Texas.


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Sep 2011

September 2011

America Invents Act U.S. Patent Reform of 2011 Tom Scherer presented on the America Invents Act to a group of attorneys, patent agents, and paralegals at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas.


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Sep 2011

U.S. PATENT REFORM LEGISLATION PASSES

Long-awaited U.S. Patent Reform Legislation passed Congress today, September 8, 2011. In June, the House of Representatives passed a bill substantially similar to a bill passed in March by the Senate. The major difference between the bills relates to the handling of Patent Office fees, while the primary points of reform proposed in the bills, e.g., changing to a first-to-file system, amending patent litigation practices,...

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Jun 2011

June 2011

Apple v. Amazon.com Trademark Infringement Lawsuit John Osha spoke to June Grasso of Bloomberg Law about the Apple v. Amazon.com trademark infringement lawsuit for "App Store." "What the CAN-SPAM Act Now Covers" Aly Dossa and Tim Smith presented to a group of web developers, graphic designers, and social media marketers at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas. "United Stated Information Disclosure Statements, Patent Laws and Regulations, and Consequences for Failure to Meet Such Requirements" Chyau Liang hosted an AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Assocation) webinar to the All China Patent Agents Association.


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May 2011

May 2011

"Therasense: Inequitable Conduct Update" Tom Scherer presented an update on inequitable conduct law in Japan. "Status of U.S. Patent Reform 2011" Tom Scherer spoke on the current status of U.S. Patent Reform Reform in Japan. "Practical Applications of Intellectual Property in the Wind Industry" Robert Lord and Tim Smith gave a poster presentation at Windpower 2011 in Anaheim, California. "An Introduction to Intellectual Property and Patent Law" Lisa Margonis spoke to engineers at ASME's South Texas Section in Houston, Texas. "No Mirage: How to Attain an Emerging or High Tech Patent in Less Than One Year" Robert Lord and Tim Smith hosted a seminar at Osha Liang's office in Silicon Valley, California.


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Apr 2011

USPTO READY TO IMPLEMENT PRIORITIZED EXAMINATION

On April 4, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published in the Federal Register a final rule to implement the prioritized examination that guarantees a final disposition of a patent application within one year from filing. Under the new system, utility and plant applications filed to USPTO will be examined classified as one of the following three Tracks: Track I: prioritized examination;...

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Feb 2011

February 2011

"Fast Tracking Patents for Emission and Renewable Technologies" Robert Lord and Tim Smith presented at the Electric Utilities Environmental Conference (EUEC) 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. To view the presentation, please click here.


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Jan 2011

January 2011

"I Agreed to What? Understanding Terms of Service/Use on the Web" Aly Dossa, Tim Smith, and Scott Bell presented to a group of web developers, graphic designers, and social media marketers at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas.


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Dec 2010

December 2010

"Buyer Beware: The 24 Month Patent Application Pilot Program" Carlyn Burton spoke at the American Chemical Society's SWRM/SERMACS annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. "The Patent Process Explained" Laura Witbeck presented at the American Chemical Society's SWRM/SERMACS annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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Aug 2010

August 2010

"Timing is Everything: When to File a Patent Application" Carlyn Burton was a presenter at the American Chemical Society's Fall 2010 National Meting and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts. "Negotiating a Licensing Agreement" Laura Witbeck presented at the American Chemical Society's Fall 2010 National Meting and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts. "Introduction to Trademarks" Lucas Mikeska spoke at the American Chemical Society's Fall 2010 National Meting and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts.


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May 2010

May 2010

"Strategically Securing and Protecting Intellectual Property in the Wind Industry" Robert Lord was a presenter at the WindPower 2010 Conference in Dallas, Texas, on May 25, 2010. "A Primer on Patents" Robert Lord held a three day intellectual property seminar and workshop in Cairo, Egypt May 10-12, 2010.


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Mar 2010

March 2010

"PTA Calculations after Wyeth" Tom Scherer presented on the America Invents Act to a group of attorneys, patent agents, and paralegals at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas. To view this presentation, please click here.


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Nov 2009

November 2009

"Introduction to Intellectual Property" Lisa Margonis and Seema Mehta spoke to the Houston chapter of the Society of Women Engineers on November 18, 2009. "Patent Law: A Primer for Engineers and Scientists" Leela Madan spoke to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers students at Rice University in Houston, Texas, on November 3, 2009. "IP Seminar: US Patent Law" Seema Mehta presented on US Patent Law to future MBA graduates at HEC International Business School in Paris, France, on November 4, 2009.


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Oct 2009

October 2009

"Enablement in the Chemical Arts" Carlyn Burton spoke at the American Chemical Society's 61st Southwest Regional Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 21, 2009. "I signed WHAT?: What to Consider when Entering into Consulting or Other Agreements" Carlyn Burton and Laura Witbeck spoke at the American Chemical Society's Division of Small Businesses' symposium on small business startups in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 21, 2009.


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Jul 2009

July 2009

"Perpendicular Legal Perspectives on Parallel Import Presentation" Robert Lord spoke at the Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement (AGMA) quarterly meeting in Palo Alto, California, on July 15, 2009. To view this presentation, please click here.


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Jun 2009

June 2009

"Using IP To Fuel Your Business" Carlyn Burton and Kristen Gruber presented at the American Chemical Society's 13th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in College Park, Maryland, on June 25, 2009. "IP Checklist for New Media" Aly Dossa spoke to new media enthusiasts and professionals including podcasters, bloggers, and social networkers at PodCamp Houston 2009 at the Houston Technology Center on June 13, 2009.


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May 2009

May 2009

"Intellectual Property: A Manufacturer's Perspective" Jeff Bergman and Lee Huddleston spoke to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers about intellectual property at their Houston chapter's monthly meeting on May 21, 2009. "Using IP To Fuel Your Business" Jeff Bergman and Carlyn Burton presented their white paper on using intellectual property to help grow business at the American Chemical Society's Great Lakes Regional Meeting in Lincolnshire, Illinois, May 14, 2009. "Strategically Securing and Protecting Intellectual Property in the Renewable and Emission Technology Space" Robert Lord and Tim Smith presented their paper on acquiring intellectual property in the alternative energy industry at the Clean Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, May 5, 2009.


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Apr 2009

April 2009

"Intellectual Property: A Primer on Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets" John Osha gave the Houston section of IEEE an introduction to intellectual property presentation at their monthly meeting on April 23, 2009, at the Hess Club. "Managing Risk: Recent Developments Regarding IP Enforcement in the United States" John Osha was a guest lecturer at the Fukami Patent Office in Osaka, Japan, on April 9, 2009, for their 40th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture Event.


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Mar 2009

March 2009

"Intellectual Property: A Primer on Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets" Lee Huddleston gave the South Texas section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) an introduction to intellectual property in Houston, Texas, on March 12, 2009. "How to Draft a Global Patent Application" Thomas Scherer gave a presentation on drafting global patent applications at a Texas Bar CLE Patent Prosecution Workshop in San Antonio, Texas, on March 4, 2009.


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Feb 2009

February 2009

"Patent Litigation, Trolls, and Recent Developments" John Osha presented the topic of patent litigation at the Mitsubishi Electric annual law department meeting in Cypress, California, on February 12, 2009.


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Jan 2009

January 2009

"What Should I Do Now?: A Brief Introduction to Protecting Software IP" Aly Dossa presented the Faculty of the Rice University Department of Computer Science with information on how to protect software intellectual property. The lecture was held at Rice University in Houston, Texas, on January 21, 2009 . "Inventive Step/Obviousness After KSR" John Osha recently presented a lecture on obviousness after KSR at the US Patent Bar/Japanese Patent Office Liaison Council on January 16, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan.



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