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New: Follow Elman Technology Law on LinkedIn

By |2018-05-08T10:47:22-04:00May 6th, 2010|General|

We've had a Fan Page on Facebook for quite awhile. If you haven't signed up for it yet, c'mon over and click on the button that says you "Like" our firm. But what's new is the functionality on LinkedIn that allows you to learn about the goings on at various companies. To Follow our firm [...]

What Subject Matter is Patentable?

By |2018-12-20T10:50:04-04:00April 29th, 2010|Intellectual Property, Patent|

Reading Myriad Genetics While Waiting For Bilski. Why is this molecule different from all other molecules? By Gerry J. Elman1 As I write on April 29, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court hasn’t yet issued its anxiously-awaited decision in the Bilski2 case. This case is to determine the whether a particular business-related method is outside the [...]

April 26th: World Intellectual Property Day

By |2017-10-25T11:29:41-04:00April 25th, 2010|Intellectual Property|

Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with us! For the past ten years, April 26th has been set aside to commemorate the value that intellectual property provides to the world economy and well-being. The day this year also marks the 40th anniversary of the effective date of the International Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization [...]

PBS Newshour gives a balanced report on the gene patenting debate

By |2010-04-08T22:29:03-04:00April 8th, 2010|Intellectual Property, Patent|

Excerpt from transcript of April 2, 2010 PBS Newshour: A major goal of modern health science has been to identify the links between our genes and disease, to assess risk, and to find treatments and cures. Over the last two decades, university researchers and a multibillion dollar biotech industry have expanded the study of the [...]

April 27th: Gerry Elman to speak on Online Social Media

By |2018-03-16T12:48:49-04:00April 4th, 2010|Events|

A panel presentation on Enhance Your Business with Links and Friends: "Online Social Media and You" sponsored by the German-American Chamber of Commerce - Philadelphia will be at The Hub in the Cira Center across the street from the 30th Street Amtrak Station in Philadelphia. Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Time: 5:00 to 7:30 PM [...]

Getting Beyond the ACLU and Public Patent Foundation’s Anti-Gene-Patent Grandstanding

By |2018-12-20T10:51:51-04:00February 28th, 2010|Events, Intellectual Property, Patent|

by Scott Rylan Powell and Gerry J. Elman† In New York City on October 20, 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union  (“ACLU") hosted a screening of In The Family, a documentary on the emotional turmoil experienced by people across the nation who carry certain mutations along the Breast Cancer 1 and 2 ("BRCA") genes. Everyone [...]

USPTO launches bimonthly for Independent Inventors

By |2010-02-23T09:23:11-04:00February 23rd, 2010|Intellectual Property, Inventing, Patent|

The United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") has just published the first issue of Inventors Eye, a new electronic publication for and about America’s independent and small entity inventor community. Inventors Eye will appear every other month. Each issue is expected to feature tips on working with the USPTO; events, organizations and meetings of interest to [...]

Gerry Elman blogs on the Stanford Alumni Association’s “What to Read”

By |2009-11-27T15:50:33-04:00November 27th, 2009|Intellectual Property|

Gerry Elman, who's also the webmaster for the Stanford Club of Philadelphia, has recently been recruited to serve as a regular blogger at the Stanford Alumni Association's new site called "What to Read." Gerry's first posting there is about Paul Levinson's time-travel novel The Plot to Save Socrates. C'mon over, visit, and leave a Comment.

Should a patent claim be longer than a single sentence?

By |2009-09-19T10:23:06-04:00September 19th, 2009|Patent|

Yesterday, Philadelphia patent attorney Stephen Schott posted the following on Prof. Dennis Crouch's Patently-O blog, An Appeal to the New Patent Office Director: Repeal the Single Sentence Rule, arguing for a change in the rule that each claim in a U.S. patent can be no longer than a single (run-on) sentence. Gerry Elman's reply to [...]

PTO Director Kappos supports “compact prosecution”

By |2009-08-25T20:16:50-04:00August 25th, 2009|Intellectual Property, Patent|

Back in the mid-1960s, the Patent Office introduced the practice of "compact prosecution." These days it's entombed in MPEP § 2106(II). Says that section of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure: It is essential that patent applicants obtain a prompt yet complete examination of their applications. Under the principles of compact prosecution, each claim should [...]