EU Says Inventors Must Be Human

The European Union (EU) recently rejected two patents applications where the invention was created by artificial intelligence (AI).  These inventions were created by a “creativity machine” comprised of a system of multiple artificial neural networks. These networks generate new ideas, analyze their performance, and assess distinctions between existing inventions and the newly generated idea. TheContinue reading “EU Says Inventors Must Be Human”

Can Artificial Intelligence Invent?

British researchers are claiming that an artificial intelligence (AI) system invented both a complex system for interlocking food containers as well as a new warning light.  The researchers have filed patents in the US as well as other countries, claiming the AI as the inventor.  This would be the first time AI is credited asContinue reading “Can Artificial Intelligence Invent?”

Supreme Court Holds that Tribal Sovereign Immunity Cannot Be Used to Shield Against USPTO Proceedings

Drug company Allergan transferred its Restasis drug patents to a Mohawk tribe in upstate NY.  Under the deal, Allergan paid the Indian tribe $13.75 million and agreed to further payment of $15 million in annual royalties while the patents were in force. In exchange, the tribe agreed to lease the patents back to Allergan andContinue reading “Supreme Court Holds that Tribal Sovereign Immunity Cannot Be Used to Shield Against USPTO Proceedings”

Supreme Court to Hear On-Sale Bar Case

The Supreme Court recently granted a petition for writ of certiori in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharm. USA, Inc.  The court will be asked to determine whether the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) bars an inventor from selling to a third party when that third party has a duty of confidentiality to the seller. Continue reading “Supreme Court to Hear On-Sale Bar Case”

Use Caution When Threatening an IP Action in the U.K.

“Threatening” a potential infringer for acts performed in the UK will now be governed by a new Intellectual Property Unjustified Threats Act. The act took effect on October 1, 2017 and outlines “permitted communications” between potential adversaries in patent, trademark and designs.  It should be noted that the act will not apply to copyright infringements,Continue reading “Use Caution When Threatening an IP Action in the U.K.”

Number of Patents for Cannabis Grows

A recent Forbes article notes that nearly 1500 utility and plant patent applications have been filed since 1942.  Half of those applications were filed in the last 25 years and there are 500 active patent applications for cannabis related products.  The data shows that about half of these applications have been approved.  CLICK HERE FORContinue reading “Number of Patents for Cannabis Grows”

Google Applies for Patent for Vision Enhancement Device Injected Directly into the Eyes

Google has recently submitted a patent for a device injected directly into the eye. The device contains storage, sensors, a radio, a battery and an electronic lens and is powered wirelessly from an “energy harvesting antenna.” CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

Can Software Be Patented? The Patent Landscape Post Alice v. CLS

The recent US Supreme Court decision of Alice v. CLS Bank has specificed a Section 101 framework in which software patents must now be examined.  The court has enumerated two questions that must be asked in a software patent: 1. Does the claim merely cover an “abstract idea”? 2. Is there an (additional) “inventive concept”Continue reading “Can Software Be Patented? The Patent Landscape Post Alice v. CLS”

Canadian Company Secures Patent for Space Elevator

Thoth Technology of Ontario, Canada recently secured a patent for a space elevator.  The device would extend 12 miles above the earth’s surface, allowing materials to be transported to and from space.  The company estimates that an elevator of this nature could save more than 30 percent of the fuel of a conventional rocket. CLICKContinue reading “Canadian Company Secures Patent for Space Elevator”

Is a 3D Printed Organ a “Human Organism” under Patent Law?

As 3D printing technology improves, the potential for printing human organs is becoming a reality… but are human tissues and organs patentable under the law?  The America Invents Act (AIA) clearly prohibits the patenting of any claim “directed to or encompassing a human organism.”  The question becomes whether a 3D printing of tissues and/or organsContinue reading “Is a 3D Printed Organ a “Human Organism” under Patent Law?”