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Protecting Intellectual Property in the Cannabis Industry

»»The ever-growing cannabis industry has induced evolution in both the business and legal worlds. In the past few years, legal sales of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes have significantly increased and are projected to continue rising. The cannabis industry includes both plant-touching and ancillary businesses. Plant-touching businesses focus on breeding and cultivating the cannabis […]

USPTO Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response (DSMER) Pilot Program to Launch February 1, 2022

»»A new Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response (DSMER) Pilot Program will launch at the USPTO on February 1, 2022. This Pilot Program is designed to address issues currently present in examination of applications for eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101. The Pilot Program will allow applicants to defer examination under Section 101, such that the application […]

U.S. District Judge Alan Albright Provides Informative Update at the 2021 IPO Annual Meeting

»»Judge Alan Albright assumed the bench in September of 2018 and has quickly made the Western District of Texas a premier venue for patent litigation. 24% of all patent cases filed so far in 2021 were filed in the WDTX, up from just 3% of patent cases filed in 2018. This significant increase in filings […]

USPTO Precedential Opinion Panel: Pending Petition Roundup

»»The Precedential Opinion Panel “POP” has had a number of petitions recently on key issues facing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). We’ve collected some of the most impactful below concerning the use of Applicant Admitted Prior Art (“AAPA”) and two focusing on the Fintiv factors for discretionary denial. 1. SolarEdge Techs. Ltd v. […]

USPTO Issues Patent Number 11,000,000

»»In yet another sign of the strength of the U.S. patent system, the USPTO has now issued Pat. No. 11,000,000. The patent, dated May 11, 2021, was for “Repositioning Wires and Methods for repositioning Prosthetic Heart Valve Devices Within a Heart Chamber and Related Systems, Devices, and Methods”. When the USPTO began numbering patents in […]

IBM-IPwe’s Push to Tokenize Patents Could Revolutionize Portfolio Monetization

»»Earlier this week, IBM announced it would be working with IPwe to launch a new IP Marketplace powered by IBM’s blockchain technology. Organizations can also more easily view the IP as an asset on their balance sheet.” As related technology has been implemented to represent sports memorabilia and iconic moments, digital art, and even social […]

Overcoming Sect. 101 Rejections: USPTO Guidance, Recent Decisions to Meet Sect. 101 Patent Eligibility Requirements

»»Maier & Maier is pleased to announce that distinguished partner, Stephen Kunin, will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live video webinar, “Overcoming Sect. 101 Rejections: USPTO Guidance, Recent Decisions to Meet Sect. 101 Patent Eligibility Requirements” scheduled for Tuesday, April 27, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT. We encourage anyone interested in Section 101 issues at the USPTO […]

Supreme Court Finds Fair Use In Google v. Oracle

»»Last week, the Supreme Court issued their long awaited and highly anticipated decision in Google v. Oracle, which had been pending for a decade. In the 6-2 decision for Google, the Court ruled that Google’s use of Oracle’s code was Fair Use, reversing the Federal Circuit’s decision and allowing Google to escape the infringement allegations […]

Maier & Maier Helps Cigar Reserve LLC Settle Southern District of Indiana Patent Litigation

»»The Maier & Maier litigation team recently secured the dismissal of another patent infringement suit that had been brought against its client. Last month, District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt dismissed patent infringement claims brought by Plaintiff Thomas A. Person against Cigar Reserve LLC and its owners, Brian and Chanda Kurland. In October 2020, Mr. Person […]

USPTO Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

»»On March 31st, the conclusion of Women’s History Month, the USPTO concluded its annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium. Each year since 2011, the USPTO has honored diverse panels of successful women innovators, notable inventors, and experts and welcomed them to share their stories of overcoming adversity on their way to success. As part of the symposium, […]