Posts in Patents


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
7 hours ago 19

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
9 hours ago 7

Mayo v. Prometheus: A lawless decision by an omnipotent Court wreaking havoc on patents

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision this is what I know — Mayo is a lawless decision by a Court that has become …
By Gene Quinn
12 hours ago 4

Qualcomm, Sony, LG targeted by Section 337 complaint over patents practiced by Intel processors

On Wednesday, January 18th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) began a probe into a Section 337 patent infringement complaint involving graphics processors and memory controllers against …
By Steve Brachmann
14 hours ago 0

Ex parte Itagaki: Has the PTAB gone too far in invalidating patents under 35 USC 101

When addressing the issue of generality vs. particularity, we come across a situation where the inventors described the most crucial aspect of the invention, the classification unit, …

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 days ago 21

Retractable roof construction at Arthur Ashe Stadium is subject of patent infringement, trade secret suit

On Wednesday, January 11th, retractable roof system developer Uni-Systems LLC of Minneapolis, MN, filed a patent infringement suit against multiple defendants, including the United States Tennis Association (…
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 0

What Do Cloud Robotics Mean for Driverless Cars?

When you think of autonomous cars or driverless vehicles, you probably don’t associate them with cloud computing and data analytics. However, that’s exactly the technology …
By Megan Ray Nichols
3 days ago 4

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
3 days ago 21

Teva Liable for Induced Infringement of Eli Lilly’s Lung Cancer Drug ALIMTA

The Federal Circuit’s decision in Akamai V broadened the circumstances in which the actions of others may be attributed to a single actor to support liability …

Navigating Through the PCT Process and the Associated Costs

A PCT application is an international application that is filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which currently has 151 contracting states. A PCT application is filed with …

EIPIN Innovation Society opens research center to promote innovation, IP in Europe

Near the end of 2016, a new multidisciplinary research center was forming in Europe under the title European IP Institutes Network (EIPIN) Innovation Society. The organization seeks to …

Michelle Lee to Stay on as USPTO Director

This morning fresh, credible rumors are surfacing that suggest later today an announcement will be made that Michelle Lee has been asked to stay on as Under …
By Gene Quinn
4 days ago 63

District Court Broadens Scope of Patent Ineligibility Under § 101 for a Treatment Method

The '156 patent discloses methods of treating and/or preventing metabolic diseases, particularly diabetes, in patients for whom metformin therapy is inappropriate due to intolerability or contraindication …

Is Michelle Lee Refusing to Leave the USPTO?

I learned from a credible source that Lee was either refusing to resign or perhaps attempting to revoke her letter of resignation. Shortly thereafter I was told …
By Gene Quinn
5 days ago 19