The Gunnison Law Firm focuses on intellectual property matters and related licensing and litigation support. The Gunnison Law Firm assists its clients in obtaining U.S. and foreign patents. The firm also assists its clients in developing comprehensive intellectual property programs, which may include development of a trade secret program, performance of an intellectual property audit, assistance in managing an intellectual property portfolio, patent validity analysis, or patent infringement analysis.

The firm's philosophy is based on providing high quality service to a limited number of clients. Limiting the number of clients ensures that the firm is always accessible to its clients and can promptly respond to the needs of its clients. The services performed for each client are tailored to meet the particular needs of that client.

The firm has experience working with clients ranging in size from small startup companies to internationally known corporations.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Patents

The USPTO published Final Rules of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Ex Parte Appeals.

The American Invents Act (AIA) makes significant changes to the patent law. Sections of the AIA become effective at different dates. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has provided some guidance on the implementation of the AIA. ( More)

The CAFC in Cybersource Corp. v. Retail Decisions, Inc., Fed. Cir., No. 2009-1358, 8/16/2011 held that a patent claim to a computer readable medium containing program instructions to carry out steps for detecting credit card fraud is not patent eligible under 35 U.S.C. 101.

The CAFC held in Association for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO, Fed. Cir., No. 2010-1406, 7/29/2011 that isolated BRCA1/2 DNA molecules used for diagnosing increased breast and ovarian cancer risk are eligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. 101.