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USPTO gets $3.6 billion in President’s FY 2018 budget, avoids fee diversion

Under President Trump's FY 2018 budget the USPTO will receive $3,586,193,000 from fees collected and to be available until expended. This appropriation would result in $0 being provided to the …
By Gene Quinn
10 hours ago 6

Did Jenner & Block breach its fiduciary duty to Parallel Networks with an unreasonable contingency fee?

After losing a case on summary judgment, and at a time when Parallel Networks most needed its counsel to fight to overturn the catastrophic summary judgment ruling, …
By Steve Brachmann
12 hours ago 1

INTA Keynote: ‘We want to raise an anti-piracy generation’

Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Spain’s Minister of Education, Culture and Sport began by explaining talent must always have a price and that it should be …
By Gene Quinn
14 hours ago 1

SCOTUS to hear SAS Institute v. Lee, could impact estoppel effect of IPR proceedings

The nation’s highest court will once again address issues surrounding the controversial Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (…
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
19 hours ago 7

Evolution of Drywall: Augustine Sackett’s gypsum board now used in 97% of new home construction

May 22nd, marked the 123rd anniversary of the issue of an early and important patent covering a drywall product for building construction. Its inventor, American-born Augustine Sackett, …
By Steve Brachmann
21 hours ago 0

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Industry reaction to SCOTUS patent venue decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group

What follows is reaction from a distinguished panel of industry insiders who have been following this case. Each have offered their own instant analysis, several pointing out …
By Gene Quinn
1 day ago 16

SCOTUS reverses Federal Circuit in TC Heartland, Patent Venue in State of Incorporation

The Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and ruled that 28 U.S.C. 1400(b) remains the only applicable patent venue statute, that 28 U.S.C. 1391(c) did …
By Gene Quinn
2 days ago 14

Superbugs Require New Weapons: Strong, Effective Intellectual Property Rights May Be Our Best, Last Hope

The dangers of killer germs and superbugs are not limited to bird flu in China, Ebola in West Africa, Zika in South America and MERS in the …

The importance of reviewing statistics within an individual art unit

We collected statistics on recent activity within Art Unit 1655, which covers drug, bio-affecting and body treating compositions. Overall, this Art Unit has an allowance rate of 54.3%, meaning …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 2

Protection of a TV Format in Ukraine

The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, The X-Factor and may other TV shows have become popular worldwide. All these shows were adapted for TV viewers …
By Nataliya Minakerman
2 days ago 0

Alice Who? Over Half the U.S. Utility Patents Issued Annually are Software Related!

I have always argued that software patent eligibility is a must in a country where patent rights are guaranteed by the Constitution. That is, all fields of …
By Raymond Millien
3 days ago 12

America’s patent system favors low tech, not groundbreaking innovation

As you read about the truly mind-numbing stupidity coming from decision makers, whether it is MRI machines declared to be abstract ideas or diagnostics for various forms …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 7

CAFC may consider whether an inter partes reexamination was properly instituted based on the presence or withdrawal of a party

In re AT&T Intellectual Prop. II, L.P., Appellant AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P. (“AT&T”) appealed from a final decision of the Patent …

Jonathan Harris, David Wilson join Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Jonathan M. Harris has joined the Firm as Partner and David M. Wilson as Of Counsel in the Intellectual …
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3 days ago 0

Court Finds ‘Google’ is Not Generic

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on May 16, 2017 that Google has not become a victim of its own success – that is, its Google trademark is still …

Cisco Successfully Invalidates Patent for Lack of Written Description

Cisco challenged Cirrex’s patent via inter partes reexamination, asserting a lack of written description. The Board affirmed the Examiner’s findings, that the patent, as amended, …

PTAB Reversed for Failing to Explain the Basis for its Obviousness Decision

The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the PTAB's decision in an inter partes review proceeding, finding the Board did not set forth its reasoning for finding the …

Federal Circuit Refuses to Overturn District Court’s Award of Attorney Fees to Dow

The Court disagreed that the district court’s sole basis for finding exceptional circumstances was that NOVA filed an action in equity. The Court noted that the …

Statements Made by Patent Owner During IPR Can Support Finding of Prosecution Disclaimer

In the case of Aylus Networks, Inc. v. Apple Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding of summary judgment for Apple Inc. (“Apple”). The …

The Story of Phyllis Schlafly’s Devotion to Patents and Inventors

Phyllis Schlafly was a true friend of and advocate for the American inventor. Mrs. Schlafly’s life-long admiration of inventors was deeply felt and well-founded. Her biographer …