Posts in White House


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
5 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 …

Trump signs Executive Order to eliminate job killing, outdated, unnecessary, ineffective regulations

In this Executive Order, President Trump orders the heads of each agency to designate a Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO) within 60 days. In addition to the designation of …
By Gene Quinn
25 days ago 5

Will the Trump Administration Be Pro Patent?

One of the many questions about the Trump Administration after its first month is how it views the U.S. patent system. I asked several experienced veterans …
By Joseph Allen
26 days ago 57

Will President Trump directly negotiate Medicare prescription drug pricing?

The savings impact of directly negotiated drug costs is considered negligible, but intrusion into biomedical pricing will destabilize life science commercialization... Any way you slice it, added …
By Chris Gallagher
1 month ago 2

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

Patent Office still not commenting on Michelle Lee or whether agency now has an Acting Director

Sally Yates proves in a very public way why it is a mistake to allow political appointees from the Obama Administration to be held over. But for …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 31

Trump picks Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Earlier this evening President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit as his selection to replace …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 7

Trademark applications filed on Trump’s 2020 campaign slogan, Keep America Great

When President Donald Trump’s campaign for re-election starts gearing up for the 2020 election season, you will know it when you hear him say that he wants …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

The Uncertain Status of Michelle Lee Wounds the Patent System, Causes Political Anxiety

Going to DEFCON 1 has no doubt begun, and will only continue, as those who are opposed to Lee staying continue to publicly explain why she must go. …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 51

Cruel and Unusual: Rumors swirl, still no answer on PTO Director

Fresh rumors surfaced late last night, however, suggesting that Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld is currently Acting Director of the USPTO. Two independent sources also told us …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 21

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

Commerce Lists USPTO Director as Vacant, USPTO declines to comment on Michelle Lee

If Lee did not resign and she has been asked to stay on as Director why has the Patent Office declined to comment? Further complicating matters, if …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 21