Saturday, November 10, 2007

John Love to speak on KSR on November 20, 2007

John Love of the USPTO will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ teleconference entitled: "Clarifying KSR and Its Impact on Patent Law," scheduled for November 20, 2007, Tuesday, at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST.


Kenneth Bass III (JD, Yale; A.B., Chemistry, Duke; co-counsel for Teleflex in KSR v. Teleflex) of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. will also be present.

Tony Mauro wrote of Bass in Legal Times:

When Kenneth Bass III clerked at the Supreme Court in 1969, his justice, the late Hugo Black, told him confidentially what he thought of patents.

"He told me that in his lifetime, he had seen only one real invention -- the airplane -- and he wasn't even certain about that one," says Bass. "He just didn't like patents."

Bass has to hope the current justices don't share that view today, when the Court takes up what he thinks could be the most important patent decision in 40 years.

Now a partner in the D.C. firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, Bass is part of the legal team that will be defending a disputed patent in the case of KSR International v. Teleflex, which will be heard today. And Black would probably not like the side Bass is on.

IPBiz has noted in other posts that various contemporaries of the Wright Brothers, including Octave Chanute, attacked the Wright Brothers patent, which formally was directed to three-dimensional control of flight.


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