Lots of Support at Patent Office Three Track Public Meeting

All in all I would characterize the mood of the PTO officials I spoke with as up-beat and the mood of the stakeholders in attendance was generally …
5 years ago 26

Wall Street Journal Profiles Medical Marijuana, but not Important USPTO Issues

Earlier today the Wall Street Journal gave front page space to a story relating to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Widely regarded as one of …
5 years ago 6

In Search Of a Definition for the term “Patent Troll”

The reality is that the term patent troll seems to be more in the eye of the beholder than anything else. So a patent troll is whoever …
5 years ago 62

USPTO to Host Roundtable on Three-Track Patent Proposal

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be holding a public roundtable discussion on its proposed Enhanced Examination Timing Control Initiative, also known as “Three-Track,” …
5 years ago 8

USPTO Extends Comment Period for Draft Strategic Plan

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the period for receiving public comments regarding the agency’s 2010-2015 draft Strategic Plan has been extended …
5 years ago 1

E.D. of TX Rejects Design Patent Point of Ornamentality Test

In a recent decision, the Eastern District of Texas has clarified the proper role of functionality in claim construction for design patents. By statute, design patents must …
5 years ago 0

Nick Godici Part 3: Funding Crisis ’09, Furloughs & Fun Stuff

In this final installment of my interview with Nick Godici we learn just how close the Patent Office was to sending out 9,000 furlough notices (to all those …
5 years ago 2

Patent Trolls: A Conspiratorial Story of Symbiosis

I can't tell you the reason why companies choose to be targets, but I think I have a compelling idea. Those companies that are the ones who …
5 years ago 5

eBay’s PayPal Sued for $11.4 Billion for Patent Infringement

The complaint seeks $3.8 billion in damages at a minimum, but no event less than a fair and full reasonable royalty, but also seeks tripled damages as a …
5 years ago 3

Nick Godici Part 2: Comparing Reagan and Obama, the Backlog, Examiner/Attorney Relations, Bilski & Being PTO Director

In this interview we talk about how two Presidents that are extremely different on so many fronts, Presidents Reagan and Obama, are pursuing quite similar strategies regarding …
5 years ago 4

Renewed Congressional Interest for Funding the Patent Office

Truth be told, it would be enough for Congress to just (1) stop siphoning off money from the USPTO through fee diversion; (2) grant the USPTO fee setting authority; …
5 years ago 2

On the Record with Former PTO Director Nick Godici – Part 1

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Godici, and we managed to get into a wide variety of issues that ranged from his early days as a patent …
5 years ago 9