Posts in USPTO


Will the USPTO use annual patent practitioner dues to stop the unauthorized practice of law?

It is no secret to anyone in the industry; the unauthorized practice of law is rampant, and OED does nothing to stop it... If charging dues to …
By Gene Quinn
2 days ago 17

Misapplication of Obviousness: What the MPEP gets wrong about obviousness rejections

MPEP 2141 actually cites to Arendi, but then quotes the case entirely out of context. This is a worrisome problem that can be found in many parts of …
By Gene Quinn
4 days ago 16

US Inventor Files Amicus Brief With CAFC in Support of En Banc Rehearing on Single-Reference Obviousness Issue

On August 1st, the non-profit inventor advocacy group US Inventor filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit asking the court to …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 0

Disparaging, Immoral, and Scandalous Trademarks Since Matal v. Tam

A little more than one year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Lanham Act’s disparagement clause as unconstitutional in Matal v. Tam, 137 S. …
By Brian Iverson
6 days ago 1

USPTO proposes CLE and bar dues for patent practitioners

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has provided the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) information relating to proposed patent fees in advance of the PPAC …
By Gene Quinn
9 days ago 21

Software Patent-Eligible Subject Matter: Claiming Improvements in Computer Functionality

Particularize the claims.  This helps overcome the “abstract” part of a 101 rejection. Put details into the claims to define the steps performed in the software and hardware …
By G. Michael Roebuck
9 days ago 30

Federal Circuit Dismisses PTAB Appeal Because Appellant Fails to Prove Injury-In-Fact for Standing

On Friday, August 3rd, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision in JTEKT Corporation v. GKN Automotive, which dismissed an appeal stemming …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 1

Dr. Christal Sheppard joins IPwe as EVP of Strategy and Business Development

Dr. A. Christal Sheppard is joining IPwe as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. Christal was the Director of the first USPTO regional office. Additionally, …
By Press Releases
10 days ago 0

USPTO Seeks Senior Counsel for China Intellectual Property Policy

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is seeking to hire a Senior General Counsel for China Intellectual Property Policy in their Alexandria, VA headquarters.  This position …

En banc CAFC: Patent applicant Not required to pay PTO attorney fees in District Court appeal

NantKwest filed suit in district court under 35 U.S.C. § 145 to contest the PTO’s rejection of its patent application. The USPTO prevailed and filed a motion …

PTAB Judgment for Patent Owner Reversed, GoPro Catalog is Prior Art

On Friday, July 27th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion in GoPro, Inc. v. Contour IP Holdings, vacating a final written …

NYIPLA Endorses Patent Office Change to Phillips Claim Construction Standard

The proposed rule would adopt the narrower standard articulated by the Federal Circuit in Phillips v. AWH Corp., where the “words of a claim are generally given …

Aqua Products: Is It Helping Patent Owners Swim Better Nine Months Later?

At the time, many thought this change in law would significantly assist patentees in avoiding full-blown cancellation of their claims. However, our review suggests a case-by-case analysis …
By Chris Bruno & Arun Mohan
14 days ago 1

Iancu: More 101 Guidance and PTAB Reforms Coming Soon

Repeatedly during his remarks and the question and answer period, Director Iancu explained that there will be more to come from the USPTO on patent eligibility and …
By Gene Quinn
15 days ago 10

Which Invalidity Avenue to Take: Inter Partes Review Verses Post-Grant Review

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides invalidity tools via inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR), but which route is better? ...  PGRs are …
By Ryan Kenny
17 days ago 5

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