Revisiting the AIA Prior User Rights Defense

Written by: Glenn E. J. Murphy & Shayne D. Rasay The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) marked significant policy shifts in the U.S. patent system, most notably the AIA’s transition from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file regime.  Complementary to the first-to-file regime was the AIA’s expansion of the existing prior user rights defense to patent […]

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Incentivizing Innovation – Is Your Enterprise Missing Opportunities to Generate and Capture Valuable IP?

Written by: Stephen D. Harper, Ph.D. In today’s global business environment, a commercial enterprise must maintain its competitive edge by investing in research and development programs directed to innovative technologies.  If successful, such programs will create protectable intellectual property and help to ensure that the developing enterprise enjoys at least some measure of exclusivity with […]

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A Case for Complete Collaboration – The Future of Transportation

Written by: Jonathan H. Spadt Today there is generally consensus that electric vehicles are the future, and autonomous transportation (at varying levels) is going to become common over the next decade.  Beyond 2030, it may even take over substantially all transportation.  Although the ultimate impact of this transformation on society is not yet completely understood, […]

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Avoiding Patent Infringement

Written by: Michael P. F. Phelps   This article was published in Machine Design on October 30, 2019.   Read the full article.

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Finding Stability in Today’s Automotive and Transportation Industry

Written by: Jonathan H. Spadt There are many significant social and technological phenomena converging on the transportation industry which are permanently redefining it.  Environmental awareness and concerns over climate change are driving new technologies in electric mobility.  Shared digital platforms and improved data flows allowing for ride sharing and new forms of fleet management are […]

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Industry / Academic Collaboration – Stronger Together

Written by: Jonathan H. Spadt There has been a fundamental change to the research model about every 80 years since the founding of the United States in 1776.  Research and development was almost exclusively driven during the industrial revolution by private sector investment.  Then from 1862 to the outbreak of World War II, federally supported […]

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Maximizing the Impact of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in the 21st Century

Written by: Jonathan H. Spadt Leaders today understand that the best outcomes are the result of informed decision making.  But what exactly constitutes “informed”?  Is a decision “informed” when it is based on empirical evidence?  Is it informed when it is based on multiple viewpoints?  Can a decision be informed if it disregards certain information […]

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A Rational Approach to Corporate Decision Making in Today’s World

Written by: Jonathan H. Spadt The current level of disruption to established frameworks in trade, economics and intellectual property law is unprecedented.  Making business decisions in today’s geopolitically unstable environment requires a controlled, analytic approach that focuses only on the most important variables and outcome determinative factors.  But how does a decision maker assess which […]

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Helsinn’s Law of Unintended Consequences: Avoiding Loss of Patent Rights in the Post-AIA Era

This article first appeared in the July 31, 2019 edition of the Legal Intelligencer. Written by: Glenn E. J. Murphy The law of unintended consequences pushes us ceaselessly through the years, permitting no pause for perspective.  – Richard Schickel Lawmakers who interfere with commerce and the normal creation of jobs in an economy run the […]

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The EPO and the Rule of Law

Written by: Friedrich Scheele Like other large towns in the world, Munich is surrounded by a number of smaller cities or villages, known as the Munich Area, offering living in the beautiful countryside of Oberbayern and working in the urban area of Munich or vice versa. One of the nicest locations is the municipality of […]

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