Intellectual Property


When the Supreme Court decides a case, the result is binding on all of us.  The Court will be busy with patent, copyright and trademark cases over the next few months.  The following are a few highlights: 1.  Are computer-implemented inventions patentable?  Particularly, is a general purpose computer programmed to perform a specific function patentable?  […]

Internet and Intellectual Property

The United States Federal Government does a lot with tax dollars. One of those things is that it funds research in many areas that lead to published papers in basic science, medicine, engineering, and many more fields. Another is that it runs the Federal Court system, which publishes orders, rules, opinions, and the like. What […]

Copyright concepts

At one time, leaders in developing countries and in international organizations decried the “brain drain” that led the best and brightest in what we used to call the “third world” to emigrate to the West to take advantage of superior educational and employment opportunities. The United States was the destination of choice, both for these […]

Designs for patents

In April 2012, the The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued its “2012 Special 301 Report” (Report) in which it reviews the state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement in trading partners around the world.  It’s an interesting document, which underscores the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR) to world economy, […]

Designs for patents

Dear Doc: I have heard several of my friends say that university copyright policies are complicated and are a “bear” to deal with.  What, exactly, does that mean? Your friend, Yogi Dear Yogi: Many colleges and universities have so-called “intellectual property policies” that they say apply to student-created work. Many of these policies say that […]


The Economics and Statistics Administration, an arm of the U.S. government, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have issued a report on the importance of intellectual property (patents, trademarks and copyrights) to the U.S. economy.   According to the report, as of 2010 over 27 million people are employed directly in industries identified by the […]


This week the United States Supreme Court heard arguments over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  The ten titles of PPACA, along with amendments to the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010” regulate multiple industries making up approximately one-sixth of the national economy, all of which affect science, […]