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SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE ON PATENTABILITY OF HUMAN GENES IN THE MYRIAD GENETICS LAWSUIT

Should researchers and scientists be able to claim human DNA as their intellectual property? That is the question the U.S. Supreme Court must now decide after hearing oral arguments yesterday. Robert Barnes of the Washington Post reported that the Justices expressed trepidation as they listened to the parties’ explanations of…

FAMOUS SHOW HOST ADAM CAROLLA FACES BACK-TO-BACK LAWSUIT FOR PODCAST NETWORK

Famous comedian, television host, radio personality and actor, Adam Carolla, now faces two lawsuits for his iTunes podcast network, ACE Broadcasting Network. The production company creates top-charting podcasts including Ace on the House, the Adam & Dr. Drew Show, and the Adam Carolla Show. On January 17 2013, Carolla’s former…

NEW GUIDELINES UNDER THE FIRST-TO-FILE SYSTEM

The implementation of the first-to-file system established by the America Invents Act (AIA) will take effect on March 16, 2013. On February 14, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a series of guidelines to govern first-to-file patent procedures*. The implications resulting from these provisions will include restrictions…

NEW TTAB DECISIONS REMIND OWNERS TO USE THEIR TRADEMARK ON THEIR WEBSITE CORRECTLY

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) recently issued a decision that reminds all trademark owners it is crucial to properly use trademarks on their own websites to reinforce trademark importance. This decision emphasizes the importance of educating the individuals in an organization as to proper trademark use and reviewing…