Monthly Archives: March 2012

Conception Is Not Reality

One of the most interesting aspects of being a patent attorney is that I meet with a lot of brilliant people, the majority of whom have both some really great ideas and an unconventional way of looking at the world. This is as true of our individual inventor clients as it is of our corporate (...) [Read More]

Supreme Court Decision A Kick In The Gut For Prometheus Labs

The Supreme Court handed down its unanimous decision in the case of Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. yesterday, finding Prometheus’ patents for a method of administering a drug used to treat gastrointestinal disorders invalid for being directed at unpatetnable subject matter. Prometheus marketed a diagnostic test to Mayo and others that took advantage (...) [Read More]

When is Advertising Invasive or Just “Creepy”?

Cookies are one of my favorite things.  Usually, this refers to the oatmeal raisin variety rather than those tiny bits of computer code that empower websites to remember a user’s login, keep items in a shopping cart and greet the user by name when she returns.  Warm and fuzzy, right? Sometimes, not so much.  I (...) [Read More]

What is Protected as “Private” Online?

Less than one might  think. Online privacy focuses on the use of personal information and how it is contributed, collected, shared and used by the user and other people and companies providing web services.  “Personally Identifiable Information” (a.k.a. “PII”) is protected by a web of laws – but non-personally identifiable information collected by many websites (...) [Read More]