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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC | USA | 4 Jan 2013

Controlling costs in patent litigation

Whether you are a patent owner who needs to stop an infringing competitor in order to protect your market position or a start-up company that is being…
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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC | USA | 17 Sep 2012

America Invents Act (AIA) - effective provisions one year later

The following provisions of the AIA became effective Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM, the one year anniversary of the AIA.
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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC | USA | 10 Sep 2012

Significant changes in patent law under the AIA become effective on September 16, 2012

September 16, 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of enactment of the AIA and is the effective date of significant changes in U.S. patent law.
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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC | USA | 5 Sep 2012

Federal Circuit sets new standard for inducement of patent infringement

The Federal Circuit, in a six to five en banc decision, Akamai v. Limelight, held that an alleged infringer may be liable for inducing infringement of a method claim if it (i) performs some of the steps and induces another party to perform the remaining steps or (ii) induces other parties collectively to perform all of the claimed steps.
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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC | USA | 21 Aug 2012

PTO issues final rules to implement declaration provisions of AIA

In rules effective for applications filed on or after September 16, 2012, the Patent Office is separating the requirements for initiating examination of an application by an applicant (e.g. assignee) from those pertaining to execution of the oath or declaration by inventors.
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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC | USA | 18 Aug 2012

Isolated DNAs: "products of man" - Federal Circuit repeats decision in AMP v. USPTO and Myriad on remand

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday decided the case of The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) v. the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Myriad Genetics, Inc. on remand from the Supreme Court in view of Mayo v. Prometheus, (566 U.S. ___, 132 S.Ct. 1289 (2012)) (Mayo).
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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC | USA | 23 Mar 2012

The Supreme Court rewrites patentable subject matter... again

The Supreme Court has finally issued its anxiously-awaited opinion in Mayo v. Prometheus concerning the fundamental question of whether certain methods relating to medical treatments are patentable under U.S. law.
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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC | USA | 1 Mar 2012

It’s time for a reliable system to determine who owns a U.S. patent

Patents are far more valuable than they ever have been. 
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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC | Global | 6 Jan 2012

Worldwide trademark protection: coverage versus costs

When it comes to international trademark protection, business people are rightfully concerned about two things.
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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC | USA | 13 Dec 2011

Assuring clear assignment of employee inventions

In a prior alert that referred to the Stanford v. Roche U.S. Supreme Court Decision, we noted the importance of drafting employee agreements that avoid mere promises to assign rights in the future.
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