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IP Frontiers: The future is now: patenting inventions independently invented by an AI system

Lloyd Wilson

The idea that machines, rather than humans, could invent something on their own is a concept that was once thought to be a futuristic fantasy. However, the U.S. patent office is now being confronted with patent applications listing an artificial ...

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IP Frontiers: The difficulties of protecting cannabis and related intellectual property


As more than half of the states in the U.S. have recently decriminalized cannabis/marijuana to some extent, the domestic cannabis business has been growing rapidly. As of the date of this publication, marijuana is legal for medical use in 33 ...

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IP Frontiers: Toward rebalancing outcomes of Alice patentable subject matter inquiries — part two


It has been about nine months since my last patentable subject matter (aka “Alice”) update, tracking cases and other important information in the wake of the Alice Supreme Court decision. Things continue to improve at the Court of Appeals for ...

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IP Frontiers: What’s on sale? The latest on the patent novelty requirement

Alexsandar Nikolic

On Jan. 22, 2019, the Supreme Court provided its decision in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.[1] Despite receiving little publicity outside the patent world, it nonetheless has implications for small businesses. The decision provided clarification to the ...

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IP Frontiers: Implementation of the Music Modernization Act: Copyright Office issues solicitation for Mechanical Licensing Collective


Signed into law on Oct. 11, 2018, the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA) reforms U.S. Copyright law in significant ways that will affect the licensing of digital music. Pursuant to pre-MMA copyright law, “mechanical” licenses for reproduction ...

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IP Frontiers: The patent pendulum swings

Philip E. Hansen

The start of a new year provides the opportunity for a highly subjective retrospective on 35 years of patent law — where we’ve been and where we might be going. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas (1965-1969) was reputed to have ...

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IP Frontiers: Patent office changes claim construction standard in inter-parties proceedings


The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has decided that it will change the claim construction standard it previously used in inter-parties proceedings. On Nov. 13, 2018, the USPTO, in inter-parties reviews and post-grant reviews before the Patent Trial ...

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IP Frontiers: This intellectual property is worth a lot of Bitcoin: What’s protecting this disruptive blockchain technology?


Blockchain is a decentralized database, often referred to as a distributed ledger where transactions are confirmed and recorded. The system is sturdy and secure, as information cannot be altered once it is entered into the ledger. By checking the blockchain ...

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IP Frontiers: Application or registration? Supreme Court to decide when copyright holders may bring infringement suit

The United States Copyright Act contains one of the great contradictions in American jurisprudence. Copyright automatically inheres in a work at the moment the work is created. In other words, an author of any work of art has copyright rights ...

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IP Frontiers: Toward rebalancing outcomes of Alice patentable subject matter inquiries

About five months have gone by since my last update on the state of patentable subject matter after the 2014 Alice Supreme Court decision and its progeny. A number of important developments have taken place during this time, mostly positive ...

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