Posts in USPTO


Corporate Counsel Should Carefully Consider the Company’s Trade Secret Position and Form a Game Plan to Protect the Company

Among the most disastrous mistakes with trade secrets is believing you own them when you do not.  A number of highly-contentious trade secrets disputes have arisen when …

Double jeopardy at the PTAB forces Allergan and others to seek sovereign immunity defenses

The PTAB subjects all patent owners to double jeopardy, but the situation is particularly bad for pharmaceutical companies which already have to face a Congressionally-mandated validity review …
By Steve Brachmann
22 days ago 0

Choosing Between Patents and Trade Secrets, A Discussion Worth Revisiting

Patenting and secrecy are the two major methods of protecting technology that supports competitive advantage. Trade secrets protect a wide range of confidential information, ranging from customer …
By James Pooley
23 days ago 5

PTAB, Patent Trolls, Bad Patents, and Data: A Wakeup Call to AIA Apologists

Of the 1,582 patents with a final written decision, 1,343 were found to have defects by the PTAB. That is an 85% defect rate. Only 239 patents were affirmed to be …

Protest in Support of American Inventors at the US Supreme Court on November 27th During Oral Arguments in Oil States

U.S. Inventor, the nationwide inventor advocacy organization representing over 13,000 members, including, individual inventors, university research institutions, patent holders and intellectual property dependent start-up businesses, today announced …
By Press Releases
28 days ago 2

AIA and PTAB Unconstitutional Under the Public Rights Doctrine

Only Article III courts can provide a fair, neutral and unbiased forum for assessment of patent validity. For over two hundred years, patent validity, patent infringement and …
By Neal Solomon
29 days ago 24

Amendments in IPRs? Welcome back to the future

The industry reaction to Aqua Products v. Matal has been swift. In IPWatchdog’s Industry Roundup blog post, there was broad acclaim. However, for those involved with …
By Van Lindberg
30 days ago 10

IPRs unduly harm patent holders and benefit big tech infringers

The PTO systematically administers a collection of procedures in IPRs to unduly harm patent holders and benefit big tech company infringers. The data show that the plain …
By Neal Solomon
1 month ago 22

Lex Machina Q3 litigation update shows effects of TC Heartland, Oil States on patent case filings

Although patent litigation levels through the first nine months of 2017 have largely remained consistent with patterns from recent years, it does appear that the number of patent …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 1

Law & Odor: Hasbro Sniffing Out the Opportunities for Trademark Registration

The Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) provides some guidance on what an aroma needs to demonstrate before being registered, asserting that “the amount of evidence required …
By Franco Galbo
1 month ago 1

PTAB Invalidation Affected by Random Errors, Legal Uncertainties and Judicial Bias

The PTAB invalidation procedure violates due process because it drags patent owners into endless assaults by patent infringers and patent thieves. Due process requires compliance with standard …
By Jianqing Wu, Ph.D.
1 month ago 14

PTAB Erred Finding Claims Nonobvious in IPR, Federal Circuit Reverses Without Remand

In Owens Corning v. Fast Felt Corp, Fast Felt sued Owens Corning for infringement, and Owens Corning filed a petition with the PTO seeking inter partes review …

Critiques Alone Are Insufficient to Outweigh Expert Experiments and Testimony

In Organik Kimya AS v. Rohm & Haas Co., Organik Kimya AS (“Organik”) appealed the decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) in two related inter …

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Procedures for IPR Fail to Satisfy the Fifth Amendment

Due process is an essential condition for a fair proceeding involving a matter in which property rights are in dispute. Unfortunately, there is no interpretation of PTAB …
By Neal Solomon
1 month ago 18

Tax Reform to Revive the American Innovation Culture

The U.S. patent promise of exclusivity has become nothing more than lip service with no credibility for more than half a century. A patent system maintained …
By Jianqing Wu, Ph.D.
1 month ago 3