With Innovation Becoming Increasingly Collaborative and Transnational, What Does this Mean for Patents?
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations that provides a global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation, recently released a report which concluded “that innovative activity has grown increasingly collaborative and transnational” in recent years. Given the globalization of trade, business, entertainment, and virtually every other
In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 9-0 decision in Alice v. CLS Bank put an end to, or at least hampered, the prevalence of potentially “bad patents” being granted that covered abstract ideas, especially in the area of software. At the heart of the landmark 2014 case was Alice Corporation’s claims that its patent
Let’s put it right out there. Once big tech companies are firmly entrenched, once they are so large that money is no longer an issue (for all practical purposes), they benefit greatly from a weak patent system. At first glance, that assertion might seem nonsensical. After all, in a weak patent system, wouldn’t a
Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, you probably know that the latest (and purportedly the last) installment in the core movie series will soon be in theaters. It’s called, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. While I’m sure the movie has its share of technical and special effects wizardry to herald, one of
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, aka the 2018 Farm Bill, removed “hemp” from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), effectively making the growth of industrial hemp legal in the eyes of the federal government. This reclassification is of particular importance to those who produce cannabis and cannabis-related products in the