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Lars H. Genieser, Ph.D.

Venable LLP


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Supreme Court to consider whether (isolated) human genes are patentable

USA - December 17 2012 On November 30, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide a case presenting the seemingly simple, but legally complex, question, “Are human genes patentable?”...

Fabian M. Koenigbauer.

Falana v. Kent State Univ.: determining the inventorship of chemical compounds

USA - March 20 2012 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently considered what activities rise to a contribution to conception that qualify one to be a joint inventor of a chemical compound in its opinion Falana v. Kent State Univ....

Expiration of the Green Technology Pilot Program

USA - January 19 2012 The Green Technology Pilot Program of the U.S. PTO offers a route for applicants to expedite examination of patent applications, as set forth on the web site of the U.S. PTO and in the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 234, at page 64666, Vol. 75, No. 98, at page 28554, and No. 217, at page 69049....

Michael E. Nelson.

Obtaining patents under the America Invents Act (patent reform)

USA - October 17 2011 Originally proposed in 2005, the America Invents Act ("AIA"), colloquially known as the "patent reform bill," was signed into law on September 16, 2011. This represents the most dramatic change to the U.S....

Why do I need to know about the America Invents Act?

USA - October 13 2011 After six years of starts and stops and extensive debate, Congress enacted the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) on September 16, 2011....