STLR Link Roundup – April 6, 2019

Federal Circuit Agrees Purdue’s OxyContin Anti-Tampering Patent Is Obvious On April 4, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a November 2017 decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidating a Purdue Pharma LP patent covering a way to make its OxyContin painkiller resistant to abuse. According to Purdue, the patent covered the use of a hot-melt extrusion process which yielded a “core matrix” of magnesium stearate, oxycodone, and Continue Reading →

Inter-Wind Farm Wake Effects: Legal Solutions to the Commons Problem

A recent paper published in Nature Energy suggests the need for a more considered approach to regulating wind energy, especially in states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa that have seen large investments in wind farms in recent years. The Growth of Wind Energy Wind turbines are designed to harvest the kinetic energy from wind and convert it into mechanical power that can be stored and sold to the power grid. Instead of using electricity to move Continue Reading →