This Week in Intellectual Property, November 25th

This Week in Intellectual Property, November 25th

News and Commentary

Kamala Harris threatens to seize the patents of drug companies who don’t price their products “fairly.”

AI could help catch inaccuracies at the USPTO, reducing the need for more expensive programs to the reduce the granting of invalid patents.

VirnetX’s patent victory over Apple was just vacated.

Apple and Intel join forces to sue Fortress, a company often accused of patent trolling.

An interesting article explores the copyright issues surrounding national anthems.

Dennis Couch of Patently-O examines the role of the Doctrine of Equivalents in litigation.  Then, he revisits the infamous Athena vs. Mayo.

A bill in Congress is looking to force AM-FM radio stations to pay fair market prices for all the music they play.

Photographers complain that Pinterest is a hotbed of infringement.

Youtube encouraged video creators to use “royalty-free” music.  Now, the companies who own that music are monetizing the creators’ videos without consent.

FTC asks court to scrap Qualcomm’s national security claims in patent litigation.

Despite acquiring a portfolio of patents from Intel, Apple will need to continue licensing some of Qualcomm’s patents, not that they are happy about that.

Two professors offer an update on the upcoming ‘Oracle vs Google’ Scotus case.


New Research

A new paper in the NBER examines the 1926 introduction of IP protections for airframe design.  They conclude that these new property rights accelerated innovation in airframes but retarded innovation in complementary goods, like aero-engines.  They speculate that appropriating rents to the airframe industry squeeze the profits margins of the aero-engine industry reducing their incentive to innovate.


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