Brief mentions of IP stories floating around this week that I haven’t addressed elsewhere.
- -Apparently some case about DNA patentability was decided recently. Who cares about that stuff? Oh, everybody. [PatentlyO, Patent Docs, Patent Docs, Patent Docs, Patent Baristas, CAFC]
- -Microsoft and Apple won a bidding war over Google on a Nortel patent portfolio. Google is apparently not pleased, Microsoft is apparently not pleased about Google’s displeasure, Google is apparently not pleased about Microsoft’s displeasure about Google’s displeasure, etc etc. [TechCrunch]
- -Patent reform is alive and well in the Senate, which appears poised to act on the House’s version of patent reform when back in session in September. I will probably do a later post on how atrocious I find the House’s version. [IPWatchdog]
- -Judge O’Malley has been on the Federal Circuit since December 22, 2010, and in that time she has managed to produce just about every type of opinion, except for a precedential opinion for the court (i.e., a majority opinion) in a patent case. Her first majority opinion in a non-precedential patent case came out last week. [Aerotel v. Telco]
- -Pfizer has been through some fascinating palace intrigue lately. Their latest strategy for Lipitor® losing patent protection later this year? Get an OTC version! [NYTimes]