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At the time of early discovery conferences, parties involved in disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board are required to consider “any additional topics that could promote settlement or efficient adjudication of the Board proceeding,’ including the Board’s Accelerated Case Resolution (ACR) procedure.” T.B.M.P. §401.01. Based on the number of proceedings that actually take advantage of ACR, however, there are very few takers. Of the 6,156 oppositions and 2,101 cancellations initiated before the Board in 2017 to date, only seventeen took advantage of ACR. See, http://bit.ly/2mKCCeJ.
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Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Mayo and Myriad, the Federal Circuit has expanded the holdings and invalidated more patents directed to biological discoveries. If the newly discovered correlations and properties of what is found in nature cannot be patented, what strategies for protection are left for companies doing biological research?
By Kyle-Beth Hilfer
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By Scott Graham
Stanford Law School made available to the public a database of every patent lawsuit that’s been filed since 2007.
By Howard Shire and Christine Weller
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