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DOJ Takes On Meritless Qui Tam Actions
A recently leaked internal memorandum ("Memorandum") suggests the end is near for the Department of Justice (DOJ) practice of sitting idly ...
United States
30 Jan 2018
European Patent Office Finds Plants And Plant Products Patent-Eligible
On March 25, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office handed a victory to those seeking to protect plant inventions in Europe.
European Union
15 Apr 2015
New Canadian Law Strengthens Plant Breeders’ Rights
On February 26, 2015, Canada amended its Plant Breeders’ Rights Act to bring the country’s laws into conformity with the 1991 Act of the Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants.
United States
9 Mar 2015
Federal Circuit Finds No Public Use In Delano Farms Co. Et Al. v. The California Table Grape Commission
The California Table Grape Commission is a public agency created under California statute to promote the state's table grape varieties.
United States
23 Jan 2015
Bowman v. Monsanto: Crisis Averted On IP Protection For Self-Replicating Technologies
Life science companies in general are breathing a sigh of relief following the Supreme Court's decision yesterday in Bowman v. Monsanto.
United States
24 May 2013
Sharing An Umbrella - Big Pharma And Academia Cement Big Deals In The Quest For Bigger Prizes
With the patents of many highly profitable blockbuster drugs expiring over the course of a few years, the search is on for new drugs.
United States
9 Apr 2013
Beineke v. Kappos – Are Discovered Plants Patentable?
A discussion on a petition before the Supreme Court for review of a Federal Circuit decision affirming the rejection of two plant patents on tree varieties that he discovered as not patent-eligible.
United States
10 Feb 2013
Sound The Alarm? -The Supreme Court’s Renewed Interest In Life Sciences Patents Could Create Additional Hurdles Across The Field
First, there was Mayo v. Prometheus,1 where the Supreme Court found the medical diagnostic methods at issue were not patentable subject matter.
United States
27 Nov 2012
Patent Exhaustion And Self-Replicating Technologies - The Solicitor General Asks The Supreme Court To Decline Review In "Bowman v. Monsanto"
In "Bowman v. Monsanto", the Supreme Court requested the opinion of the Solicitor General on whether to grant review on two questions.
United States
6 Sep 2012
The Patent Office Knows The Way To San Jose (And Denver And Dallas)
This week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") announced plans to open satellite offices in Silicon Valley (San Jose), Denver, and Dallas.
United States
5 Jul 2012
Patent Exhaustion And Self-Replicating Technologies: What Might The Supreme Court Say?
In Bowman v. Monsanto, the Supreme Court recently requested the views of the Solicitor General on whether to grant certiorari.
United States
13 Apr 2012
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