Hot Topics in Intellectual Property

Acquire a basic understanding of the hottest issues being debated by IP users, practitioners, and policy makers.

Tap or rollover on any of the cards to learn more!

Do Infringers Pay for the Whole Product or the Infringing Component?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

A jury found that certain Samsung smartphones infringed these patents and awarded Apple $399 million in damages…

Do Patents Really Promote Innovation?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

Economists have repeatedly demonstrated that inventors are driven primarily by the expectation of profiting from owning the rights to their inventions…

Can an Artificial Intelligence Machine Get a Patent or be Sued?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

Although the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around since the mid-1950s, more recently AI has emerged at the cutting edge of modern innovation…

Can Patent Pools Overcome Patent Roadblocks?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

An arms race in patents. A surge in high-cost patent litigation. And the emergence of unscrupulous patent trolls…

Do Non-Compete Clauses Unfairly Handcuff Employees?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

Employers today increasingly require their employees to sign a contract promising not to compete for a period of time after they leave a firm…

Do We Need Venue Reform in Patent Cases?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

Many defendants in patent infringement cases litigants argue that case law allowing patent lawsuits to be filed in any district…

How Can We Stop Chinese Theft of Intellectual Property?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

The latest figures indicate that the total cost of patent infringement, pirated software, counterfeit goods, an theft of trade secrets costs…

Has the Government Made It Too Easy To Invalidate Patents?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

In June of 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in one of the most consequential cases affecting the patent system…

Is Patent Litigation Out of Control?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

Critics of the patent system claim we are witnessing an "explosion of patent litigation" unlike any in history…

Is the Supreme Court Killing Life Science Innovation?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

In 2012, the United States Supreme Court in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Labs invalidated a patent for an innovative diagnostic test…

Should Software Patents Be Outlawed?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

In June of 2014, The U.S. Supreme Court issued its most consequential decision on the patentability of software…

Should the Slants Get a Trademark?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

The latest release from Simon Tam's dance rock group The Slants is called "The Band Who Must Not Be Named" — and for good reason….

Should Willful Infringers Pay Enhanced Damages?

(tap or rollover to learn more)

Section 284 of the U.S. Patent Act provides that if a defendant has been found to have infringed a patent…