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United States Supreme Court Limits Ability of U.S. Research Universities to Secure Patent Rights

On June 6, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Board of Trustees of Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems that rights to patents developed under federal research grants are not automatically given to universities.  The case had been closely followed within the biotechnology community given the hundreds of billions of dollars generated by discoveries [...]

Bilski v. Kappos

On June 28, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States released a long-awaited opinion regarding the patentability of business method patents.  The Supreme Court upheld a decision which found a process for hedging commodities was non-patentable subject matter.  In 1997, Bernard Bilski and Rand Warsaw filed a patent application for a procedure for hedging [...]

Les Paul, The True American Inventor

Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss), a great American musician, recently passed away on August 13, 2009 due to pneumonia complications.  Paul will always be remembered for his music, but he will especially be remembered for his contribution to the design and sound of the electric guitar. In 1939, Paul invented one of the first [...]

DEAD: Aerodynamic Bicycle Helmet

United States Patent No. 5,023,958 (the ‘958’ patent) issued on June 18, 1991 for an aerodynamic bicycle helmet and expired last month on June 18, 2008. A bicycle helmet protects a cyclist’s head by providing impact and shock absorption. Bicycle helmets have evolved from simple cloth or leather head coverings to hard outer shells supported [...]