Posts in USPTO


USPTO admits to stacking PTAB panels to achieve desired outcomes

The USPTO admits that the Director does not have statutory authority to adjudicate an issue after a panel has been chosen, but argues that the Director can …
By Gene Quinn
7 hours ago 14

Placing limits on innovation may exclude great inventions before it’s known what has been excluded

Since U.S. patents are granted with exclusive right to exclude, the only way to realize values of inventions is licensing, suing for damages or both. This …

Court affirms TTAB refusal to register ‘FIRST TUESDAY’ trademark for NC Lottery

In re N.C. Lottery, Appellant North Carolina Lottery (“N.C. Lottery”) sought to register the mark “FIRST TUESDAY” in connection with lottery services and games to …

Music Artist will.i.am Cannot Trademark “I Am”

In re i.am.symbolic, llc, William Adams, better known by his stage name “will.i.am”, was refused registration of a Trademark for “I AM” on …

Crocs loses inter partes reexam, will appeal rejection of design patent for ornamental footwear

Boulder, CO-based shoe manufacturer Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ:CROX) had a design patent rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent struck by the USPTO …

USPTO Navigates New Territory In The Wake of Matal v. Tam

The USPTO issued Examination Guide 01-17 on Monday, June 26, 2017, entitled “Examination Guidance for Section 2(a)’s Disparagement Provision after Matal v. Tam and Examination for Compliance with …

Testing a Patent Claim against an Abstract Idea, in Response to 35 USC §101 Rejection

One promising approach is to argue that the claims are directed to a specific technological solution to a specific technological problem, as has been successful in the …
By Christopher Hall
7 days ago 8

High patent quality standard adversely impacts all inventors

High novelty, high non-obviousness standard, inconvenient court venue for patent owners, and limited availability of injunction remedies, reduced damages, threaten liabilities will hurt all classes of inventors …
By Jianqing Wu, Ph.D.
8 days ago 7

Federal Circuit upholds PTAB invalidation of podcasting patent despite district court infringement finding

On Monday, August 7th, a judicial panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit entered a decision in Personal Audio, LLC v. Electronic …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 8

US Inventor sets patents on fire as part of PTAB protest at USPTO

Despite going on with the protest after the USPTO denied a use permit application for the event, a source from the event reports that all planned aspects …

Where parties dispute proper scope of claims, Board must provide an explicit claim construction

The Board declined to provide a construction of “settling speed” and determined that the claims were not invalid as anticipated. Homeland appealed... When parties dispute the proper …

Board’s analysis internally inconsistent, Federal Circuit vacates inter partes reexam

At the Federal Circuit, Honeywell argued that the Board erred in (1) finding a motivation to combine the references with a reasonable expectation of success, (2) rejecting Honeywell’s …

USPTO denies permit to US Inventor for PTAB protest

US Inventor had planned on staging an event at which the organization would stage a peaceful protest of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). However, a …

PPAC meeting comes and goes with no discussion of PTAB conflicts of interest

At the May PPAC meeting Ruschke deferred questions on issues relating to possible conflicts of interest and specifically indicated the topic of conflicts would be discussed at …
By Gene Quinn
13 days ago 5

Solutions for Inter Partes Review: Restoring patent rights and respect for the presumption of validity

In order to begin restoring patent rights and respect for the presumption of validity changes must be made to constrain the PTO post grant procedures... Patent holders …
By Neal Solomon
13 days ago 5