Wealth of Ideas Newsletter

Indigestion from the eBay Ruling: How Do You Spell Relief?

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, September 2009

Did the landmark Supreme Court decision in the eBay v. MercExchange case make it more difficult for patent owners to get injunctive relief in patent infringement cases? Without a doubt! And it mostly depends on who you are – and more specifically, what you do with the patent you own.

A Brief History of the eBay Case


The Best Part of Waking Up: a Lawsuit in Your Cup

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, July 2009

Who but a patent attorney would look for a lawsuit under the lid of his morning cup of coffee? That’s exactly what Washington, DC-area attorney Matthew Pequignot did – and he found that the patents marked on his Solo cup lid had expired almost 20 years earlier.

Although the expired patent numbers were probably the result of old cup-lid molds that were never updated rather than an actual intent to deceive, Pequignot took legal action – on behalf of the government!


Obama’s USPTO Director Nominee Supports Patent Reform

David J. Kappos Enjoys Wide Support from Big Tech to Big Biomed

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, June 2009

On June 18, President Obama ended months of anxious speculation when he nominated David J. Kappos to be the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The response by the IP community to the nomination has been generally positive.


Senate Amendments to the Patent Reform Act of 2009: What’s Changed?

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, May 2009

On April 2, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to continue discussions of the Patent Reform Act of 2009 (Senate bill S.515). The Committee changed several sections, including those on damages, willfulness, inequitable conduct, best mode, post-grant review, interlocutory appeals and venue. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the major amendments to the Senate version of the bill as reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee:


Business Method Patents and the Bilski Case

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, January 2009

Every once in a while, a case comes along that changes the world of intellectual property in a profound way. State Street Bank v. Signature Financial Group, decided in 1998, opened the floodgates to a slew of business method patents - including patents that were the object of some of the biggest and most hotly debated patent cases (such as Amazon's "one click" patent and many others related to doing business online).