Need some good reading material? Here’s a quick recap of the top IP news stories we loved diving into this month!

  • “I learned firsthand in 2003 after suing LEGO, now the most popular toy company in the world, that patents are simply words that are going to be interpreted differently by different people at different times — including judges, juries, patent examiners, and even your competitors.” – Today, The Best Patents Have Little To Do With Protection, Forbes
  • “The US Copyright Office is expanding a legal shield for fixing digital devices, including cars and medical devices. This morning, the office submitted new exemptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act…The resulting rules include a revamped section on device repair, reflecting renewed government pressure around “right to repair” issues.” – The US Copyright Office just struck a blow for the right to repairThe Verge
  • In a statement, the White House said Vidal is “one of the leading intellectual property lawyers in the country,” and has been “nationally recognized for leading high-profile patent disputes” and as a “recognized thought leader on difficult issues confronting the legal profession and intellectual property law.” – Biden nominates Winston & Strawn partner Kathi Vidal to lead USPTO, Reuters

Final tidbits: Tensions between trade secrets and whistleblowers after Facebook scandal; Merck signs licensing for generic C19 pill; ‘Hyper-innovation‘ in post pandemic world


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