Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"Callisto" episode of CBS show "Bull" does patent law, sort of, on 18 October 2016

The technology at issue in a small Texas town involves blood clotting. The patentee Windermere is suing a woman who furthered his research and Bull and team are working defense. The case seems to be in state court (municipal court) and the voir dire is informal. Two tornado alerts occur during the proceedings, one of which is real and one of which is staged by the Bull team.

Early on, there is talk of the patent being "obvious," and the patent for the pop-up toaster is referenced.

Later, when the plaintiff's attorney asks defendant what defendant has done, the defendant invokes trade secret.

The defense shifts to the "apple strudel" defense. A million ways to combine the ingredients but only one works like that in the local eatery.

Then, during the fake tornado alert, plaintiff and defendant end up in the same basement room, and defendant explains what she has done to the plaintiff. Back upstairs, the plaintiff drops the suit.

For trivia people, the patent number is mentioned, something like 8 117 293, but maybe one needs to listen again.

[from http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=716&t=29170 -- Okay. And Mr. Windemere's drug, recognized by United States patent number 6-B 117293, dated August 11, 1999, counteracts this process. It does. His synthetic clotting factor, under certain circumstances, increases the efficacy of coagulation. Diana: Ms. Ketchum's product utilizes the same factor? Yes. So they're the same.--

One notes US patent 6117293, titled Method for producing hydrophilic monomers and uses thereof , was issued Sep 12, 2000.

link: http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=716&t=29170 ]

Not a good presentation of how patent litigation works, but some interesting views about how tv writers view patent law.


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