Year in Review: Top Five Legal Developments of 2017

The guidance provides an overview of scientific considerations for demonstrating the interchangeability of a biosimilar product to its reference product. As we previously reported , over 50 public comments were filed in response to the draft guidance, including multiple biopharma industry organizations , several groups representing physicians , and numerous biopharma companies .

The stupidest patents of 2017

The year 2017 was a critical one for patents - limited legal monopolies granted to inventors to control the market for their innovations. Notably, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two cases this year that continued a trend of reining in so-called patent trolls , companies that buy up wildly overbroad patents and then sue anyone and everyone for infringement, looking for easy settlements.

‘Mindhunter’ is the perfect horror story for a year so…

Early in the first season of "Mindhunter," Netflix's new show from David Fincher about criminal profiling and the invention of the serial killer, FBI agent Holden Ford finds himself trying to understand why crime doesn't seem to make sense anymore. Beset by spree killers, men who commit grotesque acts of violence against women, and crimes that seem to lack any social or economic motivation at all, Ford is convinced that the meaninglessness of these crimes reflects something about a society that seems to have lost its moral center.


A statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, has been unveiled in central Moscow in a controversial ceremony that merged military pomp with religious ritual. The nine-metre monument depicts Kalashnikov clutching his eponymous automatic weapon.

Why we have government

Jerry Brown, who has twice in my lifetime been the two-term governor of California , once said something that I love. He said he learned more from James Taylor's song "Fire and Rain," than he learned in Yale Law School.

Why we have government

Jerry Brown, who has twice in my lifetime been the two-term governor of California , once said something that I love. He said he learned more from James Taylor's song "Fire and Rain," than he learned in Yale Law School.

How TV Became Art

The visionary in question was a man named Philo T. Farnsworth. Farnsworth was born in 1906 and grew up working his family's potato farm; in 1927, he built the one of the first working television cameras.

Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.: Doctrine of …

The US Patent Act [1] gives patent holders the right to prevent others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in the United States or importing the invention into the United States. [2] The premise behind granting these rights in new inventions is to encourage inventors to disclose new technology to the public by offering the inventors a limited monopoly on the use of such technology.

Patents Don’t Sue People, People Sue People

On July 13, 2017, The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses. Such a loaded topic should strike fear in the hearts of the many of us who work diligently to protect our clients' legitimate inventions.

Proposal for SouthCoast Hyperloop goes to Washington

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A super-fast form of transportation involving giant tubes, pods and air pressure would have a stop in SouthCoast if built in the Northeast, among other nationwide locations, should a company making the technology pick a Somerset woman's proposal. Holly McNamara, a Select Board official in Somerset, said she feels one step closer to seeing that become a reality after a visit to Washington, D.C., last week to make her case to a panel of judges.

Disney Is Creating A ‘Huggable’ Robot For Children

A subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company filed a patent February for a "huggable," "soft body," robot in hopes of eventually introducing a family-friendly therapeutic robot into the market. The inventors of Disney Enterprises say there is a "need for robots that can safely interact with humans, and, particularly, with children," because other designs do not account for comfortability and direct human contact, according to the official filing.

Feds don’t need new powers over self-driving cars

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Bill Kohler is the co-leader of Detroit law firm Dykema's Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Team, and focuses his corporate finance practice on the auto industry. Government regulations for highly automated vehicles will need to be limited and carefully crafted, lest they stand in the way of progress.

Trump should end the Presidenta s Daily Briefing

President-elect Donald Trump should end the President's Daily Brief prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It summarizes high-level intelligence and analyses about global hot spots and national security threats as seen through the eyes of the director.

The “Intentional Fallacy” Revisited

In the great scheme of things a minor confusion or disturbance in the routine of less mainstream journalism, whether called progressive, left or radical - terms which themselves confuse more than they clarify - has no great consequences. No revolts occur and none are quelled.

80 Percent of Patents Belong Solely to Men

Aastrom Biosciences production assistant Mary Cheeramvelil works at "priming" cell cassettes for incubation in the laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Unless women are somehow only 25 percent as creative as men these days, we have a big problem with our so-called "innovation age."

Inspired by Baltimore third-grader, White House invites science input from students

Taking its cue from a third-grader in Baltimore, the Obama administration on Thursday opened a dialogue with students to seek ideas on how the government can encourage more young people to engage in science, math and technology. White House officials announced in a blog post that they are inviting students - or "kid scientists and innovators" - to send in their ideas for shaping the future of the field, including how to improve science and engineering education in schools.