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Fair price selling patent rights
[February 10, 2013 – 03:45 pm]
Fair price selling patent rights

Bowman v Monsanto involves a farmer who figured out how to get Monsanto’s patented seeds cheaper from a grain elevator than from the company. I won’t attempt to delve into the intricacies of the litigation or the doctrine of patent exhaustion, but do want to consider a larger point. What happens if our innovators lose confidence in the patent system? Some apparently believe this is a desirable outcome Related posts: Patent Verdicts We Planned ForNews analysis and op-ed pieces following the $1 billion jury decision in Apple v. Samsung have been filled with reactive statements…

Explanation of Copyrights
[February 11, 2013 – 08:19 pm]
Explanation of Copyrights

Saper Law often receives inquiries related to employment law issues.  For example: This employee is awful.  How do I get rid of her? How should I properly hire and fire employees, and what accounting issues do I have to worry about? What policies should I have in place? What benefits do I have to give my employees? Do I need to carry any kind of insurance? Just as often, we also receive inquiries related to post­-employment law issues. For example: How do I make sure that former employees won’t steal my secrets or my customers? Are non-competes really enforceable? What is wrong…

Explanation of Copyright for Kids
[February 18, 2013 – 10:41 pm]
Explanation of Copyright for Kids

Did you know that simply watching TV causes harm to children? Well, that’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics would have you believe. And yet, here we are in the sixth decade since TV became popular, and we have not yet seen the end of the world based upon multiple generations that grew up with television as a mainstay. The latest issue of Pediatrics has two studies — and a bonus editorial! — that suggests television viewing by children is associated with greater criminality and antisocial personality, and that a child’s behavior can be modified by simply changing what…

Explanation of Brandon Lee death
[February 18, 2013 – 11:46 pm]
Explanation of Brandon Lee death

ABC News Kirsty Nancarrow19 February 2013 Two men were sentenced yesterday in the Supreme Court in Cairns in far north Queensland over the unlawful killing of 44-year-old Gregory Elms in January 2011. Brandon Lee Gobus, 38, and Joshua William Hickson, 30, pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter over the death of Gregory Elms. His body was found at his Kewarra Beach home a week after he was assaulted by Hickson and Gobus, after Mr Elms distributed explicit pictures of Hickson’s sister. Read more Filed under: Forensic pathology Tagged: Cairns Supreme Court, Homicide…

Explain patent pending
[February 12, 2013 – 08:23 pm]
Explain patent pending

Yesterday I reviewed some excellent work by Patrick in regards to the “low usage, high efficiency” player myth. The basic claim is two-fold. Many claim that Wins Produced overvalues these players. And with that claim comes the implication that being this type of player is easy. Patrick pointed out very simply that these type of players are rare and I showed that they were also not the players leading the way for top Wins Produced players. Hoopdon, who comments frequently, wrote a follow up post. His goal was to explain how low usage, high efficiency players benefit by playing…

Explain human resources AIDS
[January 11, 2008 – 12:00 am]
Explain human resources AIDS

Many professionals who enter into the world of human resources quickly believe that they will succeed in their new found field simply because they have a knack for relating with people from all walks of life. While having good people skills is certainly a positive attribute for working in the human resources field, being in tune with the ever-changing policies and procedures that successfully make a team or company tick, is just as important as being the boss that everyone loves. Managing your rules and guidelines works in tandem with managing your humans. Today, many managers…

Evaluation of patent airway
[August 4, 2011 – 04:57 am]
Evaluation of patent airway

Evaluating submissions on software patents* The Ministry of Economic Development recently made submissions on the software patents restrictions publicly available. The submissions to however provide a useful glimpse at the arguments used. This article examines one of those submissions. Assessment of a pro-software patent submission The Airways Corporation (Airways) is a state-owned enterprise which operates New Zealand’s air traffic control systems. It spends many millions of dollars and long time periods developing software. Its submission contains a few statements which I…

Definition of Patently Obvious
[January 24, 2013 – 06:14 pm]
Definition of Patently Obvious

By Dennis Crouch  [UPDATED] Soverain Softwarwe v. Newegg (Fed. Cir. 2013) This Federal Circuit decision is fairly big news as far as its legal results. District Court Judge Davis rejected Newegg's obviousness argument on summary judgment – finding each of the asserted patent claims not invalid. On appeal, the Federal Circuit has completely reversed that holding and instead finds here that all of the asserted claims are invalid as obvious. The case also raises a novel argument for secondary indicia of nonobviousness. The unanimous opinion is written by Judge Newman and…

Definition of Patenting
[July 29, 2011 – 02:22 am]
Definition of Patenting

Ron Bailey writes about last weekend’s excellent Planet Money story “When Patents Attack, ” which focuses on the enormous market in “defensive” patents, purchased as a kind of retaliatory hedge against lawsuits from other technology companies: In early July, the bankrupt tech company Nortel put its 6, patents up for auction as part of a liquidation. A bidding war broke out among Silicon Valley powerhouses. Google said it wanted the patents purely to defend against lawsuits and it was willing to spend over $3 billion to get them. That wasn’t enough, though. The portfolio eventually…

Definition of patent Monopoly
[February 15, 2013 – 02:16 am]
Definition of patent Monopoly

Summary of the Event In Palo Alto on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office held an event for public input on ways to improve the quality of software patents. They will also be having a similar event in New York, and are accepting written public comment until March 11th, 2013. The event was held in Palo Alto, home of the Palo Alto Research Center that developed the first computer, in 1973, to use the Desktop Metaphor, though it was not commercially available. The Desktop Metaphor was also fundamental in other operating systems such as Macintosh…

Definition of patent Medical term
[May 25, 2006 – 08:27 am]
Definition of patent Medical term

Aiming at an international pendency problem, the U.S. and Japan s patent agencies are joining in a patent prosecution cluster farce, together building a so-called Patent Prosecution Highway, hoping applicants filing for patents in both Japan and the U.S. will jump through hoops to get granted claims on either side of the puddle fast-tracked on the other side, whatever that amounts to. Prosecutors: start your engines, and prepare to sit in traffic.

Definition of patent Laws
[January 22, 2013 – 11:34 pm]
Definition of patent Laws

These related patents pertain to a system and method for streaming media to a viewer and managing the media. The patents in question define media to include audio, video, and other data,which is a rather broad definition for media. Based on this definition of media then it would seem that what Facebook does to push data to a user s news feed could be generally captured within what is described in these patents. That is not to say that I think Single Touch will be ultimately successful, but there is at least on its face a plausible connection to what is covered in these patents…

Definition of Patent ductus arteriosus
[February 19, 2013 – 11:35 am]
Definition of Patent ductus arteriosus

Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Definition. Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a heart defect that occurs when the ductus arteriosus (the temporary fetal blood. Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a condition in which the ductus arteriosus does not close. (The word "patent" means open.) The ductus arteriosus is a. Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a heart problem that affects some babies soon. In some babies, however, the ductus arteriosus remains open (patent).

Definition of Human Resources Shared Services
[November 14, 2011 – 06:42 pm]
Definition of Human Resources Shared Services

The term “shared services” goes back over 15 years.  Many credit David Ulrich as the inventor of the term because it appears in his 1997 book HR Champions, which gave the shared services concept a big boost.  But Ulrich actually used the term to describe what certain companies were already doing.  In fact, the shared services term and concept began in finance several years before Ulrich’s book.  I, myself, got my start in shared services (and, yes, we used the term back then) at Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1994. Read More For the past three years, the Shared Services Institute…