Printed Publications: A Discussion of What Qualifies as Prior Art

I. Introduction Prior to the passing of the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act, commonly referred to as the AIA, one of the prerequisites for obtaining a patent was succinctly captured under 35 U.S.C 102(b). In relevant part, Section 102(b) states that a person shall be entitled to a patent, “unless the invention was patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country or in public use or on sale in this country ….” (emphasis added). The term “printed publication” survived the passage of the AIA, which was signed into law in September 2011, and reappeared in 35 U.S.C. 102(a)(1) of…

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Quinn IP’s Christopher Quinn Appointed Lecturer at the University of Michigan

Christopher Quinn has been appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan. Chris will be teaching ENT530 “Innovation and IP Strategy” in the Center for Entrepreneurship, which is part of the College of Engineering. This 3 credit course covers all aspects of Intellectual Property Strategy, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, due diligence, tech transfers, licensing, and litigation.   The University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked the #1 Entrepreneurship program in the US by Princeton Review.   Chris is thrilled to be back in the classroom.   The link to Chris’ bio on the University of Michigan…

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Quinn IP Law Attorney Staci DeRegnaucourt Recognized with 2019 WTR 1000 Gold Ranking by World Trademark Review

NORTHVILLE – Quinn IP Law is excited to announce that our attorney Staci DeRegnaucourt received a Gold Ranking by World Trademark Review in their annual World’s Leading Trademark Professionals WTR-1000 research directory.   Staci is one of only three recipients of WTR 1000’s gold ranking in the State of Michigan.   Individual practitioners qualify for inclusion in the WTR 1000 solely on receiving sufficient positive feedback from market sources. The WTR 1000 results are presented in bands–gold, silver and bronze–to reflect the depth of expertise, market presence and level of work on which individual practitioners are typically instructed “Individuals in the…

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