Posts in Department of Commerce


Trump FY 2018 budget cuts $1.5 billion from Commerce, how much will come from the USPTO?

With a proposed budget of $7.8 billion and $1 billion in cuts to identify, questions arise about where those cuts will come. Is the USPTO budget safe?Will the …
By Gene Quinn
7 days ago 8

USPTO Breaks President Trump’s “One-In Two-Out” Executive Order

At the quarterly PPAC meeting, USPTO Deputy CFO Frank Murphy (listed on the agenda as Acting CFO) stated that USPTO is moving forward with its proposed $710 million …

USPTO diverts funds to Commerce Department as user fee increases are prepared

In a shocking revelation, Frank Murphy, Acting Chief Financial Officer, explained that the USPTO has been and will continue to make payments to the Department of Commerce …
By Gene Quinn
21 days ago 29

Michelle Lee opens PPAC meeting at USPTO, introduced as Director at PTAB Bar luncheon

Lee has finally been publicly introduced at an industry event as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Indeed, earlier today Lee delivered a keynote …
By Gene Quinn
25 days ago 30

Citing ‘unusual circumstances’ PTO delays responding to FOIA request on status of Michelle Lee

According to these regulations cited by the USPTO, an extension is warranted in "unusual circumstances" where there is a "need for consultation... with another Federal agency having …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 187

Provenance of U.S. patents in question as they continue to carry signature of Michelle Lee

Sources tell me that the USPTO was prepared last week to issue patents with the signature of Drew Hirshfeld, who is the Commissioner of Patents and seems …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 20

Commerce Department website contradicts itself on status of Michelle Lee as USPTO Director

Although the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to decline comment on the status of Michelle Lee, as of 3:49pm EST on Monday, January 23, 2017, the …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 38

USPTO continues to decline comment on status of Michelle Lee

The first full work week for the Trump Administration begins in earnest today, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to decline comment on …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 7

Senate Commerce Committee seems comfortable with Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce

In his opening remarks, Ross noted that he had been a consumer of various forms of data published by various agencies within the commerce department. He seemed …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

Is Michelle Lee Still PTO Director?

How much longer can there be no official announcement regarding the status of Michelle Lee? The continued silence raises very serious questions, particularly given that there have …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 21

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

This week’s news headlines include nomination hearings for the potential incoming U.S. Commerce Secretary, the Supreme Court’s granting certiorari for an important case in …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 3

IP News: The Maiden Voyage of the USS IP Watchy McDogface

Without reneging on our commitment to in-depth coverage of the IP world, we wanted to add a new element to our coverage and today we’re introducing …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
3 months ago 6

Patent and IP Wishes from K Street for 2017

Last year at this time, I wished for the passage of trade secrets legislation, resolution of the patent reform legislation stalemate in Congress, that the USPTO consider …
By Marla Grossman
3 months ago 23

House oversight subcommittee grills USPTO on patent examiner time and attendance abuse

“[Time and attendance abuse] may not be widespread, but the data established that claiming hours not worked is a problem at the [USPTO],” said David Smith, Acting …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 10

Could Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg join the Trump Administration?

Text messages sent between Andreesen and Erskine Bowles speak to Zuckerberg’s desire to be able to maintain control of Facebook while possibly serving two years in …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 3