This week, Aurobindo Pharma became the first major generic drugmaker to join a patent pool designed to increase accessibility of AIDS/HIV treatments to the poor around the world. Lawmakers from across the country have written the Obama Administration in hopes of housing new satellite branches of the Patent and Trademark Office in their respective districts. The America Invents Act, signed into law last month, calls for the creation of three regional offices to help ease Continue Reading →
If regular RSS and Google reader aren’t your preferred methods of consumption, you can receive a tweet each time we post a new story, which will be once or twice per week during the academic year. Our Twitter name is columbiastlr, and you can find our Twitter page here. To any aspiring Twitter-ers: signing up for Twitter is free and pretty easy. You can read more about it on Wikipedia or on Twitter’s About page.
The latest on the STLR radar: The working text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has been released. See Wired and The Register coverage of the story, and our post on the draft treaty here. The Federal Circuit rules on patent dispute Applera Corp v. Illumina, Inc. on the basis of Californian employment law, writes Patent Docs. Holman’s Biotech IP Blog discusses the patent law implications of the Federal Circuit’s ruling in Ariad v. Eli Lilly. Less Continue Reading →
The latest on the STLR radar: Out-Law reports on a US District Court for the Northern District of California case that clarifies how damages for groundless claims of copyright infringement should be determined. Apple is suing HTC over infringement of its user interface patents, but it’s really Google it’s after, says IP Watchdog. RealNetworks drops its appeal against a ruling declaring that its DVD-copying software violated the DMCA – Wired reports. Is it the car Continue Reading →
Many prominent brand names and trademarks have been registered as Twitter usernames by non-affiliated individuals. As Twitter’s popularity has skyrocketed, corporations have taken note and become much more interested in securing their usernames. While trademark owners are understandably concerned that Twitter has complete control over the assignment of usernames, Twitter’s newly-updated terms of service and rules improve protections for trademark holders. Twitter usernames are valuable Twitter, created in 2006, is one of the fastest growing Continue Reading →