Need some good reading material? Here’s a quick recap of the top IP news stories we loved diving into this month!
- “The public research university, according to a press release, is auctioning the NFTs for the patent disclosures of two Nobel Prize-winning inventions: CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, for which UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna shared the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; and cancer immunotherapy, for which James Allison shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.” – UC Berkeley Will Auction NFTs for 2 Nobel Prize Patents, Inside Higher Ed
- “The reported reasons for the rejected application were twofold, in that the name refers to a too-generic geographic area and that there’s also a preexisting application for it — from well-known trademark squatter Martin McCauley.” – Washington Football Team denied trademark request for current name by U.S. Patent Office, per report, CBS
- “High hopes abound for the potential of NFTs to serve as copyright alternatives, with many believing them to be copyrights themselves. When viewed at face value, it’s easy to understand the confusion.'” – No, NFTs aren’t copyrights, Tech Crunch
- “A restaurant battle is brewing in Sacramento. The Biba family is accusing a former employee of stealing recipes, trade secrets, and copying the restaurant’s menu.” – Biba Family Accuses Former Employee Of Stealing Recipes, Trade Secrets For East Sacramento Restaurant, CBS
- “Policy makers fear that the openness of higher education could be exploited by foreign governments interested in obtaining American research and intellectual property and could make colleges vulnerable to influence from bad actors abroad…” – Do Colleges Need a Foreign Policy?, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Final tidbits: A probing piece into the role of IP in pandemics is presented in Brookings; a new report on the growing monetization of the creator economy; great higher ed profile on the unconventional career journey of a Ph.D. and their experience w/ patents
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