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Advocacy Group Calls for Lowering Drug Prices Amidst Patent Law Debate

An advocacy group is urging the U.S. government to use patent laws to reduce the price of the prostate cancer drug Xtandi, highlighting substantial pricing gaps between the U.S. and other countries. Patents do incentivize drug innovation, but also keep drug prices high.
May 20, 2024

IP Trends to Consider in 2024

As we step into 2024, intellectual property law is poised for dynamic changes, driven by technological advancements, global shifts, and evolving legal landscapes. Cislo & Thomas wants you to be informed of key trends to consider as you navigate this new year.

Software Patentability: Defining patentable subject matter still a must remains when involving software inventions, specifically as the Supreme Court continues to refuse to take on any cases to clarify patentability parameters.

Biotech Inventions: Patenting biotech inventions will continue to get more difficult after the Supreme Court Amg...

Jan 31, 2024

USPTO Introduces Semiconductor Technology Program to Accelerate Innovation

The USPTO has launched the Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program, expediting examination of qualifying utility patent applications related to semiconductor manufacturing to support the CHIPS for America initiative, aiming to enhance innovation, national security, and economic competitiveness.
Jan 02, 2024

USPTO Issues One Millionth Design Patent

Takeaway: The USPTO issued its milestone 1 millionth design patent, highlighting the role of design patents in protecting unique product appearances for small businesses and inventors.
Oct 31, 2023

Federal Circuit Rulings Bring Clarity to Design Patent Law

Takeaway: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently clarified key aspects of design patent law, addressing the scope of comparison prior art and the role of logos in infringement analysis, offering consistency and discretion to district courts.

In a recent precedential decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified key aspects of design patent law. The case in question, Columbia Sportswear North America, Inc. v. Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc., centered on the infringement of a design patent related to heat-resistant liner material. Initially, a dist...

Oct 03, 2023

President Biden Signs Executive Order to Support U.S. Inventions

Takeaway: President Biden has signed an executive order emphasizing the use of federal funds for American-made technologies and products, with a focus on domestic manufacturing and job creation, while also requiring disclosure of manufacturing locations for inventions supported by government contracts.
Sep 20, 2023