As 3D printing continues to attract interest, investment and participation from a wide variety of stakeholders, attorneys are attempting to sort out the short- and long-term legal implications of this emerging technology's rapid growth. Although the current industry landscape remains a bit unsettled for innovators, it's clear to most that issues of copyright management will soon rise to the fore.
The U.K. Intellectual Property Office (IPO) took proactive steps toward preserving Britain's reputation as a life sciences innovator this week by employing a series of changes to the nation's Patents Act. By reducing administrative burdens, officials hope to foster a safer space for pharmaceutical companies to conduct research and development tasks with minimal fear of being sued for patent infringement.
The Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act was officially introduced in Congress this week. Sponsored by Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio and Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, the legislation would force plaintiffs to pay defendants' attorneys fees in cases where their patent infringement lawsuits ultimately prove baseless.
Financial realities have recently prompted the University of Toledo to cut millions of dollars from its operating budget, raise tuition prices, limit class offerings and increase class size. Despite these hardships, the school is defending its decision to maintain current funding levels for its technology transfer office, insisting that such investments will yield significant commercial and societal returns.
The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) announced the official beginning of its Copyright Alert System (CAS) implementation phase this week, marking a potentially historic shift in the way royalty management rules are drafted and enforced in the digital age.
In early 2012, two attorneys independently filed suit against Westlaw and LexisNexis, claiming that the companies had misappropriated original documents for commercialization in their legal research databases. The litigation was dismissed earlier this month, however, as a New York District Court judged asserted that both companies had operated in alignment with the doctrine of fair use.
While many high-tech employers tacitly encourage innovative ideas from their employees, most simultaneously draft agreements which transfer commercialization rights to the company if one of their workers' inventions take off. Twitter has proven to be an exception to the rule, however, insisting instead that empowering employees with greater control over their patent management rights makes for a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Last week's State of the Union address consistently circled back to the notion that technical literacy holds the key to the nation's economic prosperity and the academic advancement of its youth. New Mexico Representative Ben Ray Lujan was already at work on this agenda weeks ahead of the speech, however, ramping up activities with the bipartisan Technology Transfer Caucus he spearheads.
After decades of discussion and hundreds of hearings, the European Union officially authorized the Unified Patent Court Agreement in Brussels this week. Signed by 24 EU member states, the accord will go into force after formal ratification from 13 nations still reviewing the details.
Less than 24 hours after delivering the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama took to a more casual forum to field questions from the American public in a Google Hangout session. In a wide-ranging discussion that touched upon everything from gun control to Valentine's Day plans, the president candidly discussed the country's evolving patent management practices.
With approximately one month remaining before the first to file provision of the America Invents Act goes into effect, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published its final rules and guidelines governing implementation.
Electronic design automation specialists from Tela Innovations have filed two separate suits against several market-leading mobile handset manufacturers it suggests have infringed upon patented technologies related to the automation of integrated-circuit manufacturing processes.
Academic innovation is a pillar of national economic growth, but the commercialization rights associated with inventions derived in campus laboratories have not always trickled down to the students themselves. Purdue University recently decided to remedy this situation, reinterpreting its own policies to afford students a simpler and more equitable path to patent ownership and monetization.
The ongoing patent dispute between CLS Bank International and Alice Corporation reached U.S. federal appeals court this week. While the impact of these initial arguments may take months to sort out, important precedents could soon be set regarding the scope and validity of software patents in the technology sector at large.
Companies around the world have been carefully interpreting how the continued influx of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) may affect their respective online presence. According to the latest research from digital branding specialists at Melbourne IT DBS, larger firms should be careful not to let their trademark management strategies wander too far from traditional .com domains, however.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Amazon a new patent which broadly allows the company to establish a marketplace for the resale of digital goods including eBooks, computer applications, audio and visual files. Copyright attorneys are already expressing concerns as they begin to interpret the legality and commercial implications of this move.
Smartphones have earned a reputation for being a disruptive technology within the business community in recent years, unlocking previously unimaginable productivity gains and introducing commensurate security risks. According to Business Software Alliance chairman Clayton Noble, one of the lesser known emerging threats are the copyright complications created by employees using pirated mobile applications.
The Brookings Institute made a significant contribution to the intellectual property community's research literature this week with the release of a comprehensive report examining U.S. regional patent trends from 1980 to 2012. By comparing and contrasting patent filings and commercial activities among all 360 of the nation's metropolitan areas, Brookings analysts were able to offer several intriguing theories regarding the role of intellectual property management in shaping urban development and driving long-term economic prosperity.