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The Struggle over “To Kill A Mockingbird”

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The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is one of the most well-known and respected pieces of literature ever. It’s been more than fifty years since it was first published and unfortunately its story about racism and injustice is just as relevant today as it was in 1960. If you’ve never read the […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:37 am

House Passes Anti-Troll Legislation

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You may have noticed an increase in the mention of patent trolls in the news and the negative impact that they often have on small businesses. A recent LegalZoom article discussed some of the issues. “A Patent Assertion Entity (PAE), also known as a “patent troll,” is an individual or company that acquires patent rights […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

January 29th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

A Scary Movie Come To Life? A Patent & Future Children

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We’re not talking zombies here, but imagine a day where parents can know what their future child will look like before he or she is born or even conceived. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But could we be treading uncomfortably close? Halloween is just around the corner, so ‘tis the season for fright. […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

October 23rd, 2013 at 8:55 am

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Indiana Farmer Takes On Monsanto at Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments over a patent dispute between Monsanto and an Indiana farmer. The case began in 1999 when Vernon Bowman, a 75-year-old soybean farmer, planted unmarked animal feed grains on his land; when they matured, the plants contained Roundup Ready, “the popular herbicide-resistant genetic trait . . . that Monsanto […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 15th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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New Developments in Apple – Samsung Patent Infringement Battle

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This week there have already been two developments in the ongoing patent infringement dispute between Apple and Samsung. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh lifted the injunction on the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, which she had granted over the summer pending the outcome of trial. In August, jurors found that Samsung didn’t […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 3rd, 2012 at 5:52 am

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Cornell to Host Country’s First On-Campus Patent Office

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The New York Daily News has reported that Cornell University will soon have the country’s first patent office on a college campus. In late 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Cornell had won a citywide competition to construct an applied science graduate school aka “genius school” on free city land. The campus will be built […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 2nd, 2012 at 9:52 am

Google Adds European Patents and Prior Art Finder to Patent Search Tool

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Good news for all you inventors who use Google’s patent search tool! Two new features have recently been added that should make your searching experience more productive and your patent application process a bit easier. Google recently expanded its patent search tool to include European patents and also added the “Prior Art Finder,” which, according […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 15th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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Samsung Ordered to Stop Selling Galaxy Tablet & Galaxy Nexus

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In two separate orders last week, a federal judge ordered Samsung to stop selling its Galaxy Tablet 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the ongoing patent dispute between Apple and Samsung. Apple has sued Samsung alleging that the Korean electronics company has infringed on various patents in its designs; Samsung also alleges patent violations by […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 7th, 2012 at 8:22 am

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it is “seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).” According to the USPTO’s press release: The committees were created in 1999 through Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act to advise the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 23rd, 2012 at 6:20 am

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Wacky Patent Wednesdays: Thanksgiving Edition

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What better time to bring back Wacky Patent Wednesdays than the Wednesday before Thanksgiving? I just knew there had to be some crazy turkey-related patents out there — and Google Patent Search did not disappoint. So below, for your reading pleasure, please enjoy some excellent conversation starters for dinner in case things are a little […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 am