Weekly Patent News Highlights 8/1/14

Friday, Aug 1st, 2014

This week’s patent news roundup kicks off with a post from Patent Truth that targets the accuracy of the “patent troll” narrative. The post contains multiple challenges to the stance of those who are pro-patent reform, and the main take away is evident in this quote: “news media…and many other observers of the patent-policy debate now seem to approach the topic with an assumption that all patent lawsuits are detrimental unless proven otherwise.”

IP Watchdog takes a look into the longevity of patents, explaining the typical term of patent grants, as well as discussing special circumstances surrounding certain patents such as continuing applications and foreign priority.

In university news, InTheCapital shares a list from The Intellectual Property Owners ranking the top 100 universities granted the most patents in 2013. Be sure to check out the list to see which university holds the number one spot with nearly 400 patents.

For more on the latest patent related news, click the links below:

Letter to the Editor, Omaha World Herald: Fight patent ‘trolls’ by supporting bill

IP Watchdog: Kappos Legacy and PTO-Academia Relations

Washington Examiner: Law professor: Federal patent reform ‘certainly’ not going away