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Summary: The blog run by Dennis Crouch and Jason Rantanen provides a focus examination of patent issues as well as a source for jobs for patent lawyers to turn to.
As editor of Patently-O, a popular patent law weblog, Dennis D. Crouch knows his way around patents. With a BSE from Princeton University and JD from the University of Chicago Law School, Crouch now serves as co-director of the center for intellectual property and entrepreneurship as well as an associate professor of law at the University of Missouri School of Law. Before becoming a professor, Crouch was a patent attorney at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP in Chicago where he also taught at Boston University School of Law.
The other editor of the blog is Jason Rantanen, an associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. His specialty is in intellectual property law. He earned his AB from Brown University, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a JD from the University of Chicago. Rantanen has worked as a law clerk to Hon. William C. Bryson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and worked for six years on patent litigation, appeals, and counseling with Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. On top of teaching, he serves as the faculty advisor for the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Society student group and as a member of the Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center.
On the blog of Patently-O, the posts focus on patent issues. The most recent post titled, “The Alternate Reality of Prior Art,” examines a patent publication from 2012 for an alternate reality. It is a 750 page reference and is now patented as U.S. Patent Number 9,183,560. An excerpt from the abstract makes for a very interesting read.
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