Partner Courtenay Brinckerhoff was quoted in a Law360 article, “4 Things To Know About Plan To Speed COVID-19 Patent Apps,” about a new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program prioritizing the examination of COVID-19-related patent applications from small businesses.
Brinckerhoff said the program, which will fast-track certain patent applications related to the pandemic without requiring payment of the additional fees an accelerated examination usually requires, appears to be an attempt by the USPTO to provide help to companies that need it most.
“I think they’re balancing interests, so on the one hand, they want to help promote innovation in this area,” she said. “But on the other hand, they are a user-fee-funded agency, so they probably made the calculation that if big companies have promising coronavirus inventions that they want granted quickly, they can pay the fee” for an expedited review.
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Christopher Swift Comments on New U.S. Sanctions Against Russia
Foley & Lardner LLP partner Christopher Swift is quoted in the CBS article, “U.S. issues hundreds of new Russia sanctions over Alexey Navalny's death and war in Ukraine.”
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Louis Lehot Authors Article on the Business of Space Tourism
Foley & Lardner LLP partner Louis Lehot authored The Recorder article, “An M&A Lawyer's Insight Into Earth's Challenges From Outer Space,” exploring the growing business of space tourism and the plans underway for expanding this novel form of escape.
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Kate Gehl and Paul Piaskoski Author Article on FTC Approach to AI
Foley & Lardner LLP partner Kate Gehl and associate Paul Piaskoski authored the IP Litigator article, “FTC Weighs in on Threats to Competition from Artificial Intelligence in Comment to U.S. Copyright Office,” exploring the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s approach to the emerging technology.