Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The Electronic Frontier Foundation ("EFF") has published an article about a patent tussle involving US Patent No. 9,839,852, entitled "Interactive Guitar Game". Ultimately, this patent was held invalid by a Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit panel in its June 11, 2020, decision, Ubisoft v. Yousician, transforming Guitar Hero into guitar zero.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Since 2005, a population of lizards has kept me company as I read on my front porch. They pop out of and dive back into cracks between bricks of my front pathway. While outside their burrows, they forage frenetically through leaf litter. Yesterday, I spotted the largest individual I had ever seen. I managed to take some closeup photographs of this big dark brown and black lizard, one of which is reproduced below.
|Broad-Headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps)|
I formerly identified these lizards as Common Five-Lined Skinks (Plestiodon fasciatus), in part because the smaller ones have five cream-colored stripes on their backs and sides, and sometimes have bright blue tails. However, close scrutiny of my new photographs has changed my mind. Now I think my lizards are Broad-Headed Skinks (Plestiodon laticeps), which can sport stripes and tails similar to those of their close relative, the Common Five-Lined Skink, but tend to be considerably larger, and have five scales on their upper lips between their noses and eyes. The main challenge in identifying these lizards has been their constant activity, vigilance, and impressive speed. No lounge lizards they.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
In the United States, a range of technical and financial obstacles blocks large-scale access to public court records—all but foreclosing their use to direct policy. Yet a growing body of empirical legal research demonstrates that systematic analyses of court records could improve legal practice and the administration of justice. And although much of the legal community resists quantitative approaches to law, we believe that even the skeptics will be receptive to quantitative feedback—so long as it is straightforward, apolitical, and incontrovertible.If implemented successfully, this proposal would allow data-driven legal decisions and legal reform. Not everyone may be happy about this development, though its benefits are likely to be substantial. In fact, as the authors suggest, “although much of the legal community resists quantitative approaches to law, we believe that even the skeptics will be receptive to quantitative feedback—so long as it is straightforward, apolitical, and incontrovertible.” As Sherlock Holmes warns in A Scandal In Bohemia, “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”
Monday, July 13, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
A transgenic mouse that produces hybrid antibodies containing human variable regions and mouse constant regions, wherein said mouse comprises an in situ replacement of mouse VDJ regions with human VDJ regions at a murine chromosomal immunoglobulin heavy chain locus and an in situ replacement of mouse VJ regions with human VJ regions at a murine chromosomal immunoglobulin light chain locus.Here is the question as framed by the UK Supremes:
whether a product patent, the teaching of which enables the skilled person only to make some, but not all, of the types of product within the scope of the claim, passes the sufficiency test where the invention would contribute to the utility of all the products in the range, if and when they could be made.A majority of the UK Supremes held that claim 1 lacked sufficiency, explaining
it is settled law, in relation to a product claim, that sufficiency requires substantially the whole of the range of products within the scope of the claim to be enabled to be made by means of the disclosure in the patent, and this both reflects and applies the principle that the contribution to the art is to be measured by the products which can thereby be made as at the priority date, not by the contribution which the invention may make to the value and utility of products, the ability to make which, if at all, lies in the future.The UK Supremes found the three patent claims at issue in this case as poor in sufficiency as a transgenic church mouse.
Thank you to PatentlyO for bringing this decision to my attention.