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Protecting trade secrets requires vision

The internet has allowed companies to find new ways to offer services to customers. As these opportunities emerge, so does the chance for collaboration. However, with innovation and collaboration comes competition, and the first company to bring an idea to market often wins the spoils of ingenuity and innovation. An ongoing dispute between a company offering online vision tests and another offering eyewear shows the importance of protecting trade secrets.

Thales Visionix Inc. v. United States: A Mathematical Equation Does Not Necessarily Doom Claims To Abstraction

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the Federal Circuit published its decision in Thales Visionix Inc. v. United States, No. 1:14-cv-00513-TCW, (Mar. 8, 2017) concerning infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,474,159.  Thales Visionix appealed from the US Court of Federal Claims judgment holding that the claims were directed to patent-ineligible subject matter.  The Federal Circuit reversed the Claims Court's decision and remanded for further proceedings.

Life Technologies v. Promega: The Supreme Court Decision and What it Means to You

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court published its decision in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. 580 U.S. __ (2017), concerning infringement of US Patent RE 37,984.  The question before the Court was whether supplying a single component of a multicomponent invention overseas constitutes an infringing act under 35 U. S. C. §271(f)(1).

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