Tag Archives: US

Bilski v. Doll


Victoria Henson-Apollonio recently sent me the above link saying: “this is a big deal, a very big deal….” In fact, another indicator of it’s importance is the existence of its own dedicated Wikipedia page

The story dates back to 1997 and an original patent application including business method claims.  It has progressed to the situation reported on PatentlyO this month whereby:

“the Supreme Court has granted certiorari in …[this] important case challenging the scope of patentable subject matter.”

The Patently O blog has been updating coverage on this case since February 2008 so visit the lead link for the list of their previous posts on this matter.

Also, in their usual no-nonsense style, the IP Kat posted an update on the situation.  IPKat said:

“Whether this will sort out the mess that the USPTO is currently in about the boundaries of patentability is anyone’s guess.”

Clearly a case to be watching!

Shrinking US economy – shrinking public funding for university-based technology research

You can read or listen to this item at the link above from NPR’s Marketplace. They said:

“With budget-conscious universities cutting funding for high-tech research, potential breakthroughs that could stimulate the economy are being put on the back burner”

Since the mid 1950s government investment in basic research has been declining.  And large technology corporations, which had been contracting with US universities for their basic research needs, have been moving offshore. 

If the US wants to regain its global leadership in technology IP, investment in basic research needs to increase; and that research needs to be conducted at and by US based institutions.

Post written by Peter Bloch, consultant to CAS-IP