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Russell Nugent

Attorney, The Humphries Law Firm
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Russell is a native of Wilmington, N.C. and has been practicing law in Eastern N.C. since 2004. He graduated in 1998 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with degrees in Biology and Psychology. For the next few years  

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Jan 7, 2019

‘A Person Shall Be Entitled to a Patent Unless…’

United States law gives inventors a right to a patent if they meet the requirements of the Patent Act.  Prior articles have discussed the requirements of 35 U.S.C. §101 (Section 101). This a ...

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Jan 4, 2019

The Battle Over Biotechnology Inventions Part IV:  Conclusion

After Rapid Litigation Management, the Federal Circuit issued two more cases under 35 U.S.C. § 101 that contribute heavily to this discussion[1].  In both of these cases, the Court decide ...

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Dec 14, 2018

The Battle Over Biotechnology Inventions Part III

In the first two installments of this article, we discussed the U.S. Supreme Court cases that interpret 35 U.S.C. §101.  Next, we will turn to the Federal Circuit[1] cases acting on those ...

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Nov 16, 2018

What Will the Courts Really Protect Under Trade Secret Law?

Protecting valuable business information requires careful planning, as there is no system of registration that proves a company has a protectable trade secret. It doesn’t help that the standard ...

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Nov 7, 2018

The Battle Over Biotechnology Inventions Part II: Alice Corp.

After deciding Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs., Inc., 566 U.S. 66, 132 S. Ct. 1289 (2012), the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case involving a software-enabled invention and clarified the ...

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Oct 22, 2018

The Battle Over Biotech Inventions

Over the past several years, there have been a lot of high-profile lawsuits concerning what kinds of biotechnology inventions are eligible for patent protection.  In essence, patent owners hav ...

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