The Chicago Tribune has had a few IP-related articles this week. First, the Tribune reported – click here for the story — that the House is about to take up a bill that would allow an abbreviated approval process for generic versions of biotech drugs, commonly known as biosimilars or biogenerics, similar to abbreviated new drug applications. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved a similar bill in June, called the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2007.
Second, the Tribune reported – click here for the story – about a new book, "The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret," by Seth Shulman — which argues that Alexander Graham Bell, one of America’s most famous patentees, stole his most famous invention, the telephone, from his rival Elisha Gray. And Shulman argues that he was aided by attorneys and a corrupt patent examiner. The book is due out January 7. It looks like it could be an interesting read.
Third, the Tribune reported – click here for the story — that the Federal Circuit reversed in part the Western District of Wisconsin’s April 2007 decision which held that Google’s AutoLink and AdSense feature did not infringe HyperPhrase’s patents. The Court upheld Judge Shabaz’s decision that AdSense did not infringe the patents and remanded the case for further proceedings regarding whether the AutoLink feature infringed two of the patents in suit. Click here for a copy of the Federal Circuit decision.