Top 5 Patent Law Blog Posts of the Week


Today we continue our weekly installment highlighting the best of the patent blogosphere from the past week. If there are any patent blogs you think should be highlighted by our Top 5, please comment on this post and we’ll check them out.

1) Patent Docs: Tomato Genome Determined – The recent news that the “entire genomic DNA sequence of the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) has been deciphered” inspired this post. It takes an in depth look at the “interesting relationships between tomatoes and closely-related species.” No discussion of whether there will be a push to patent the tomato genetic sequence.

2) IP Watchdog: Mobile App Developers Gain Ally to Fight Patent Infringement – This post highlights the attempt to promote innovation within the mobile app industry. The world’s largest patent research community announced the formation of a partnership with a global trade organization for mobile software developers, which this post argues could in fact impact the mobile app industry in a positive way by benefiting the small businesses and individual entrepreneurs behind the technology.

3) Patents Post-Grant: New Post Grant Patent Trials to Derail Parallel ITC Actions? – This post analyzes how the potential parallel tracks of the new AIA trial proceedings and the ITC’s expeditious docket could impact the ITC’s “anti-stay” practice. It considers whether “the ITC will be able to maintain its refusal to stay their actions pending the much slower USPTO reexamination proceedings.”

4) Patently-O: Avoiding Subject Matter Problems but Creating Written Description Problems – This post discusses the on going patentable subject matter issue facing the USPTO, this time within the computer software industry. It looks specifically at a patent application and subsequent amendment from Microsoft and asks, “Should the PTO have rejected the amendment for failing the written description requirement?”

5) FOSS Patents: Apple’s Lawyers are “Ready and Eager” for Next Week’s Motorola Trial in Chicago – This post reports on the Apple v. Motorola trial, focusing on the parties’ arguments and how they compare and contrast with other litigation involving Apple. The post also discusses the broader impact of this litigation on the mobile phone patent wars in general.

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