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Are conflicts of interest at the PTAB leading to preferential decisions for Apple?

The lead APJ serving on the panel of multiple CBM reviews petitioned by Apple, who also wrote the final written decision on at least one CBM review …
By Steve Brachmann
12 hours ago 3

Recent court rumblings about a narrow scope of IPR estoppel

An Inter Partes Review (IPR) is an important tool for companies that face frequent patent infringement challenges. An IPR is essentially a mini-litigation focusing solely on patent …
By Mitchell Feller
14 hours ago 2

Five Considerations when Pursuing Patent Rights in the Blockchain Technology Space

A blockchain is a subtype of distributed ledger data structure, in which transactions are grouped into “blocks” that reference each other in cryptographic hashes. Technologies are developing …
By Raina Haque
16 hours ago 11

Cybercrimes, Data Breaches Rise Against Big Firms

Cyber crimes and data breaches have become far too widespread in the recent times. Technological progress has taken the risk to new levels, with newer techniques to …
By John Mason
18 hours ago 0

Status of USPTO Regulatory Reform Task Force Uncertain

What I do know is that the Department of Commerce has created a Regulatory Reform Task Force and that the USPTO will participate on that Commerce Department …
By Gene Quinn
2 days ago 14

2016 Patent Market Size and Conclusions

Once again, the brokered market has shrunk: we estimate that actual sales from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016 were $165 million (down from $233 million the previous year)... In the 2016 market …

Beware WizAdwords.com

Yesterday IPWatchdog.com received a suspicious invoice from a vendor that we have never done business with by the name of WizAdwords.com. It is a clever …
By Gene Quinn
2 days ago 2

The Top 3 Reasons the U.S. Patent System in Decline

Concerns over software and biotechnological innovations being patent eligible, the omnipresent threat of patent reform that could make it even more difficult to enforce the patent property …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 14

Why the Unified Patents Model Would Not Work in China

Unified Patents is a relatively new form of patent troll that works as a “Troll of Trolls” or “ToT.” They file IPRs (inter-partes reexamination requests) to kill …
By Erick Robinson
3 days ago 16

Congress seeks to make Register of Copyrights a Presidential Appointment

H.R. 1695 would amend 17 U.S.C. 701. Currently, the Register of Copyrights is appointed by the Librarian of Congress, and acts under the Librarian’s direction and …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 0

Simeon Papacostas joins Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in Chicago Office

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP announced today that Simeon Papacostas has joined the firm as a partner in its Chicago office. He will be a member …
By Press Releases
3 days ago 0

Rule 36, Collateral Estoppel and Unequal Treatment at the Federal Circuit

IntegraSpec was denied the opportunity to make its case here because of collateral estoppel based on the reasoning that they already had a full and fair opportunity …
By Gene Quinn & Peter Harter
4 days ago 7

40 Years of Patent Trends

To uncover and visualize underlying trends in the subject matter of patents, we analyzed four decades of data from the USPTO PAIR database, from 1977 through 2016, inclusive. Extracting …
By Ed Flinchem
4 days ago 1

Litigation and IPRs: More Dangerous Than You Thought?

We analyzed all of the packages in our database to look at the use of the assets after receipt of the package by the broker. Because we …

3D Printing for Consumers: What Does it Mean for the Future of IP?

Patent filings relating to 3D printing have increased 23-fold over the last five years, and trademark filings for businesses involved in 3D printing have increased 300 percent over …