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,” …
By Gene Quinn 6 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 …
By Press Releases 6 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 …

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 …
By Gene Quinn 6 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 …
By Gene Quinn 6 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 …
By Gene Quinn 6 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 …
By Gene Quinn 6 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; …
By Gene Quinn 6 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 …
By Gene Quinn 6 years ago 9

USPTO 2010-2015 Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO’s draft …
By Press Releases 6 years ago 1

Settlement Announcement: Lawsuit Against IPWatchdog Over

On May 17, 2010, Invention Submission Corporation (ISC) d.b.a. InventHelp® and IPWatchdog, Inc. settled the litigation initiated by ISC against IPWatchdog, Gene Quinn and Renee Quinn (collectively …
By Gene Quinn 6 years ago 0

Foaming at the Mouth III: And Then Came Bilski

One reason I was quite interested in Bilski was because the Supreme Court (not surprisingly) ruled that the Federal Circuit’s “machine or transformation” test was too …
By Eric Guttag 6 years ago 29

David Kappos: A View from Europe

USPTO Director David Kappos made one of his rare excursions outside of the US at the end of June when he flew to Munich to take part …
By Joff Wild 6 years ago 1

Intellectual Property News from Eastern Europe

At the start of the new year I pledged that I would start to try and expand the scope of IPWatchdog.com to touch upon intellectual property …
By Gene Quinn 6 years ago 0

Culture of Indifference Fuels Software Piracy Market

The reality is that individuals and companies fuel the piracy market. Simply stated, if there were no demand there would be no supply, so it is quite …
By Gene Quinn 6 years ago 61