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Miscellaneous IP Nuggets #8

  • Barrons reports that troubled cell phone maker Research in Motion (RIM) may sell of license many of its patents to raise cash. Nokia is reported to received half of its revenue from licensing its patents.
  • The ACLU has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate two gene patents owned by Myriad Genetics associated with breast and ovarian cancer. Previously the Federal Circuit had validated these patents.
  • Backlog at the USPTO is on the decline with a reported 623,000 new cases awaiting a first action on the merits. This is way down from the 725,000 peak reached a few years ago. The agency has targeted a backlog of 600,000 by end of the year.