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CBM extension needed to avoid litigation during recovery

first_img continue reading » CUNA supports bipartisan Senate efforts to extend the Covered Business Method (CBM) review program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it wrote to Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Tuesday. The Senators support efforts to extend the CBM program, which is scheduled to expire Sept. 15.The CBM program was created by Congress in 2012 (part of the American Invents Act (AIA)) to help cut back on a large increase in business method patent litigation driven largely by Non-Practicing Entities asserting low-quality business method patents. The program allows the USPTO to review whether the patent in question should have been granted in the first place.“The program has been working. A recent study by the Perryman Group found the AIA and its collective review programs have ‘saved U.S. jobs and helped drive substantial economic gains over the past decade’ including an estimated $2.95 billion in GDP growth between 2014-2019,’” the letter reads. “Compared to other court proceedings, the USPTO provides a process which takes less time to reach a decision, costs less to use and operate, and leverages a pool of over 200 judges with specialized patent experience.”The letter also cites recent data referenced by the Government Accountability Office that some patent owners are waiting for the CBM to expire to assert patents. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Don’t let those old photos fade away… Take them to Snappy Photo

first_imgDo you need copies of old family photos for other family members but some of them are very special and are damaged? Should you just copy them? Or is there another choice?Of course, Snappy Photo at 160 S. West Street in Wichita can make photographic copies of just about anything. And if your on a budget this is the best way to pass those photos around to other family members. Even those old oval photos from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s can be copied on modern photographic paper or restored.That’s not all Snappy Photo does. The photo business can produce your digital prints; scan your negatives, prints or slides; transfer old videos to DVDs; and even develop traditional film. Need framed prints or canvas wraps? Snappy Photo is the place to go.  Located just north of the Hog Wild Barbecue on West Street.last_img read more

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