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Bernard Pike is a registered patent attorney in the Intellectual Property practice group with Troutman Sanders LLP in Richmond, VA office. His practice focuses on intellectual property related issues, including an extensive trademark and patent prosecution practice and infringement issues. Bernard concentrates on management and strategic development of patent portfolios and has significant experience with university technology transfer offices and technology startup companies. He assists startup companies with protection strategies for core intellectual property assets and clearance of products to avoid the intellectual property of others.
In 2008, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) issued an opinion in In re Bilski establishing the rule for determining whether a new process or improvement to a process is eligible for patent protection. Generally, processes are patentable subject matter in the...
What does it mean to you? A few years ago, every patent attorney was on pins and needles awaiting the decision from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) in AWH v. Phillips describing the method courts should use to determine the scope of a claim of a...
A recent ruling in a Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia could make patent term extensions available to many more patented pharmaceuticals. First a little background: Generally, a patent issuing from the USPTO is given an enforceable term that begins on...
OK, so patent laws are complex and the courts have decided to keep changing the rules. We have deal with it. However, I strongly believe and will argue in this blog that strong patent laws accelerate innovation and the limited monopoly provided in exchange for disclosing and enabling an...
The purpose of the patent system is “[t]o promote the progress of science and useful arts. . .” Does it? I believe it does, though there are too many factors that go into “promoting the progress” to provide an adequate answer. However, it cannot be argued that...