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NEW BOOK REVISITS THE “INSTANT CAMERAS PATENT WAR”

Friday, June 26th, 2015

A Triumph of GeniusI am not sure that I have ever reviewed a book review before, but Donald Chisum and Janice Mueller  have written a thorough and thoughtful review of Ronald Fierstein’s  book, “A Triumph of Genius” recounting one of the major patent infringement suits of modern times, Polaroid v. Kodak, which encompassed about a decade spanning the late 70’s to the mid-80’s. Polaroid prevailed at the Fed. Cir., in 1986 and put Kodak out of the instant camera business.

My connection to this litigation was peripheral, to say the least, but it was emotionally tangible. Kenyon & Kenyon represented Kodak, and I joined the firm as an associate in 1981. Although I had fine mentoring, there were associates whom I did not meet until months after I started, since they had temporarily taken up residence in Boston, where the “D Mass.” suit was being tried.

Although the loss to Polaroid stunned the IP world, it didn’t slow down Kenyon & Kenyon’s growth–I recall that the senior associates who worked on the case “made partner” — or its ability to attract major litigation, and I was soon sucked into the “Cookie Wars” between Kenyon’s client Nabisco, and Frito-Lay et al. But someone else will have to write that book.

 

 

U.S. Patent Commissioner Focarino To Retire

Friday, May 1st, 2015

From IPO Daily News, Friday, May 1, 2015

Peggy Focarino_smallThis week U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Commissioner of Patents Margaret (Peggy) Focarino announced that she will retire on July 3 as U.S. Patent and Trademark Commissioner. Focarino has been with the USPTO for 38 years. Executive Director Herb Wamsley said “Focarino has consistently earned high marks for her management skills and her strong interest in working closely with user groups. We wish her well in retirement.” Focarino’s successor has not been named.

She was appointed Commissioner of Patents in January 2012; she was the first female to serve in that role. As Commissioner, Focarino is responsible for management and direction of all aspects of patent operations, examination policy, resources and planning, and budget administration. She previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Patents. Focarino also served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the USPTO before Michelle Lee’s appointment in late 2013.

Genetic Engineering Makes the Blacklist

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

iStock_000003273676_LargeJames Spader was quirkily funny as Denny Crane’s partner on “Boston Legal,” but NBC’s “The Blacklist” has him operating totally outside of the law. He plays Raymond Reddington, an enigmatic figure who reveals to a black-ops FBI agent the evil doings of criminals that fly under the radar of normal law enforcement – and who make “The Blacklist.” A recent episode involved trying to catch a “mad scientist,” funded by a middle-aged tech billionaire to conduct research on human subjects for his “Longevity Initiative.” When the scientist is captured, oddly, one might think, his lab contains tanks of phosphorescent jelly fish and two bunnies that glow in the dark.

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25 Critical Patent Enforcement Developments

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

News from Chisum Patent Academy

25 Critical Patent Enforcement Developments

The Acfaculty-large-janice-e1402305426293ademy is pleased to announce the April 2015 publication of the annual Update for Volume II (Patent Enforcement) of the practitioner treatise, Mueller on Patent Law, authored by our co-founder, Janice M. Mueller.

The two-volume Mueller on Patent Law treatise is published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Volume I (published 2012) addresses patentability, validity, and prosecution procedures; Volume II (published 2014) covers patent infringement, USPTO MOPL-cover-e1339620575906-150x150post-issuance procedures, design patents, and international patenting issues. For detailed tables of contents for both volumes, click here.

The full text of the 2015 Update for Volume II (Patent Enforcement) is available electronically on Wolters Kluwer’s Intelliconnect subscription platform. By examining in detail each of the cases highlighted below (plus many others), the 2015 Update adds extensive and valuable new matter to Volume II.

Highlights of the April 2015 Update for Vol. II:

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