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Proposed patent reforms continue to generate commentary; business method patent, first-to-file and USPTO fee provisions cause concern
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 14 2011

Retired Judge Paul Michel, who formerly served as chief judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and retired in 2010 to participate in the debate over patent reform, recently published a comment on a House bill (H.R. 1249) provision that would single out “business method patents” for different treatment under the law.

Biotech trade group seeks USDA involvement in gene patents lawsuit
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • October 21 2010

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has asked U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to urge the Department of Justice, which is considering the federal government's position in litigation about patent protection for isolated DNA sequences, to "strongly defend the patentability of such basic biotech inventions."

Madeleine M. McDonough
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP