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How Much Detail Is Needed for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Patent Applications?

By George Patsarikas Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming ubiquitous in various technical disciplines, such as automotive technologies, semiconductor fabrication systems, Industry 4.0, medical diagnostic systems, image and speech recognition, and predictive analytics. Moreover, the number of public AI patent applications has increased by more than 50% since 2012, which demonstrates a desire to protect the rapid developments and advancements in the AI and ML space. While much of the legal literature and…

Last Week in IP: Vaccines & Cher

Every Friday, staff member Robert Voakes writes a roundup of IP stories of the week. His opinions are his own.  Lawmakers Say Moderna Deal May Let Gov't Share Vax Recipe A group of lawmakers want to share the ingredient list and manufacturing instructions to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine with developing nations across the globe. Under 10% of people in economically challenged countries are vaccinated. Whatever America can do to share the vaccine with the world must be done. You don’t…

Last Week in IP: Scary Terry, Evel Knievel, and More

NBA Player's 'Scary' Use Was Fair Use, Judge Says  Former Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier scored a fair use win on Monday when a New York federal judge ruled that his use of the iconic mask from the movie "Scream" was "a means of satirizing and ridiculing the perception of ruthless high-scoring athletes in the NBA." Scary Terry has blossomed in Charlotte since being dealt from Boston. We expect we will be hearing more from Scary…

Does Your Patent License Mean What You Think It Means?

Licensing patents can be a great way to add value to your product line without the risks associated with research and development. Licenses can also be a great way to monetize your own inventions without the headaches of manufacturing and marketing. However, recent case law has shown that a number of terms used in patent license agreements do not always mean what they appear to mean on their face. This post briefly touches on a…

Foreign Filing Licenses: Where do I need to File First?

As communications tools make it easier for patent applicants and inventors to collaborate with one another across jurisdictional borders and inventors work in jurisdictions where they may not be residents, technological innovations are increasing by leaps and bounds. In many cases, patents are sought for these technological innovations. Patent practitioners, patent applicants, and inventors need to be aware in such circumstances of the potential need for foreign filing licenses. Essentially, many countries require patent applicants…

Invent or Don’t Invent …There is no Try

When it comes to inventorship in the United States, too often there seems to be an overly generous – even ceremonial –approach to naming inventors. “He was such a nice manager and encouraged me all the way!” or“She did a great job testing all of my prototypes and providing thorough test data” or“He did a great job reviewing my invention disclosure and asking questions about how the invention operates” or“She uses the Force for knowledge and defense,…

Diversity (or lack thereof) In IP Law

Hello World!  Thanks for checking out our latest post on Diversity in IP Law.  This is a topic of discussion that comes up frequently in our firm.  We are constantly looking at ways to increase the diversity of our team and the vendors we use. I recently came across an article from ABA Landslide magazine that touched on the lack of diversity, especially gender diversity, in Patent Law.  Not only were some of the numbers discouraging,…

USPTO Announces Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

As of July 2, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initiated the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program to advance applications out of turn in ex parte appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  Below is a link to the official documentation:Federal Register-Fast Track Appeals Pilot ProgramThe USPTO sets a target of issuing a decision on ex parte appeals within six months from the date that an appeal is entered into the…

Burris Law Client Spotlight: Ford Motors Helps With PPE for Covid-19 Outbreak

Welcome to a new feature on our blog!  Going forward we will be doing a quarterly spotlight on one of our clients and what they are currently up to.  For this month, the obvious choice is Ford Motor Company.  Growing up in Detroit, you see the Ford name everywhere.  On cars, factories, office buildings and even stadiums.  One thing people do not realize is how much philanthropy the Ford family does for our area.  From…

SUCCESS Act

On October 31, 2018, the United States Congress enacted a law directing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to study and report to Congress on the number of patents applied for and obtained: (1) by women, minorities, and veterans; and (2) by small businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans.  (SUCCESS stands for Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science - a copy of the law can be found HERE)On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Burris…