June 2013 The Supreme Court Considers the Patentability of DNA Sequences

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Myriad narrowed the scope of patentable subject matter but confirmed patentability of some DNA sequences. Life sciences companies should carefully review their patent portfolios to determine the impact of this decision.
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May 2013 To Conceive an Invention, the Idea Must be Operative

In Dawson v. Dawson and Bowman the Federal Circuit addressed the issue of conception of an invention and re‐affirmed that the idea must be operative for conception to occur.
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April 2013 Copyright Law: The First Sale Doctrine after Kirtsaeng

The “First Sale” doctrine allows those who legally purchase a copyrighted work to resell this work without authorization from the copyright owner.
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March 2013 Claiming and Filing Micro Entity Status

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act established a new “micro entity” status for patent applicants.  An applicant who meets the requirements of micro entity status benefits by paying 75% less for most fees associated with an application.
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March 2013 Post Grant Review Proceedings Soon To Be Available To New Class of Patents

Beginning on March 16, 2013, a new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office administrative process for challenging the validity of recently issued patents will become available for a new class of inventions.
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