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Lex Machina reports that Q1 2017 saw fewest patent infringement cases since Q3 2011

One of the key findings is that only 938 patent infringement actions were filed in district courts during the recent quarter, a total which is the lowest for …
By Steve Brachmann
3 hours ago 1

Is ‘Plain and Ordinary Meaning’ a Viable Proposed Claim Construction After the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Eon?

In last year’s decision in Eon Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. Silver Spring Network, Inc. 815 F.3d 1314, 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2016), the Federal Circuit reversed the District Court’…
By Sarah Brooks
5 hours ago 1

Paul Tanck joins Alston & Bird as Partner in New York

Alston & Bird has expanded its intellectual property capabilities with the addition of Paul Tanck as partner in the firm’s New York office. Tanck arrives from Chadbourne & …
By Press Releases
6 hours ago 0

Defining the Full Glory of Your Invention in a Patent Application

Perhaps the patent laws should not be so generous to allow inventors to protect that which they can describe on paper without any proof of a working …
By Gene Quinn
1 day ago 0

Trademark hijackers are hurting online advertisers; here’s how to stop them

Avery Labels worked hard to establish its brand among consumers as the premier retailer of label products, as well as providing software solutions through their design-and-print-online tool …
By David Grow
1 day ago 0

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
2 days ago 30

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
2 days 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
2 days ago 18

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
2 days 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
3 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
3 days ago 5

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
4 days ago 19

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
4 days ago 17

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
4 days ago 0