Posts Tagged: patent


The mRNA IP and Competitive Landscape: Translate BIO; Arcturus; eTheRNA and Other Startups; and LNP Technology (Part II)

In Part I of this three-part series, we focused on three market players: BioNTech, Moderna and CureVac. In this second post, we will focus on Translate BIO, …

EPO Opposition Division Upholds NuCana Patent on Gilead’s Sovaldi, Highlighting Potential Flaws of CAFC Ruling in Gilead/Idenix

On April 7, 2021, the European Patent Office (EPO) Opposition Division (OD) issued a comprehensive written decision in the Opposition by Gilead Sciences, Inc. against NuCana plc’s European …
By Sherry Knowles
20 days ago 0

PTAB Masters 2021, Day One: How Iancu Tried to Repair a ‘Damaged Brand’

While steps taken under former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Andrei Iancu to restore equilibrium at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) have …
By Eileen McDermott
20 days ago 2

Waiving IP Rights During Times of COVID: A ‘False Good Idea’

Over the course of four months, close to 850 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in over 100 countries. To the extent the unprecedented pace of research, …
By Hans Sauer
21 days ago 1

Countries Like the Philippines are Unable to Utilize IP Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

The Philippines has so far relied on donations and direct purchase to obtain vaccines to address the pandemic. As of March 2021, the Philippines received 2 million Sinovac doses …

Why the Patent Classification System Needs an Update

Patent categories were established more than 100 years ago. There are dozens of categories that reflect industry at the time: gears, sewing machines, and bicycles, to name a …
By Dvorah Graeser
22 days ago 10

Patent Filings Roundup: Disney Displeasure Cruise; WSOU Investments’ Recordation Problems; and Chinese Company Targets Chinese Counterfeiters in U.S. Court

A slightly higher than average 38 petitions were filed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week, all inter partes reviews (IPRs), a number again …
By Jonathan Stroud
23 days ago 0

Fueled by BTS and K-pop, South Korea’s IP Economy is Thriving

The arts and entertainment industry has boosted South Korea's economy and produced some of the country's key products and exports. The country’s population of 51 million people …

Solutions for Promoting Patent Practitioner Diversity at the USPTO in the Battle Against Systemic Racism

A critical battle against systemic racism currently engages the United States. Patent practitioners across the country—from the University of Minnesota Law School (a mere 2.5 miles from …

Bills to Lower Prescription Drug Costs and Boost Biosimilars Sent to Biden’s Desk

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved two bills meant to lower prescription drug prices and sent them on to President Joe Biden for approval. The …
By Eileen McDermott
24 days ago 1

USPTO Launches COVID-19 Fast-Track Appeals Pilot as Companion to Prioritized Examination Pilot

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced yesterday that it will launch a COVID-19 fast-track appeals pilot program beginning today. The pilot is a companion …
By IPWatchdog
25 days ago 0

Former Employee Does Not Have to Assign Inventions to Covidien, First Circuit Says

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a district court ruling denying a request for declaratory judgment by Covidien LP and …
By Butch Laker
26 days ago 1

The mRNA IP and Competitive Landscape Through One Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Part I

Shortly after we posted about Moderna, Inc.’s October 2020 pledge not to enforce its COVID-19-related patents during the pandemic, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) …

Patent Filings Roundup: Acacia Gets Another Fintiv Boost; More Vape IPRs Filed; Adenovirus PGR Challenge; IP Edge Files Dozens of New Complaints

District court complaints rose to 93 this week, while Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) cases fell to 28 (27 inter partes reviews [IPRs] and a post grant review [PGR]), …
By Jonathan Stroud
1 month ago 1

Stand Up to the Attacks on Our Tech Transfer System

It’s hard to believe that, not too long ago, alliances between the public and private sectors were unheard of unless the government was picking up the …
By Joseph Allen
1 month ago 0