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An Ex-insider’s Perspective of the USPTO Special Applications Warning System (SAWS)

This was the SAWS program; an oversight procedure for bringing information to the attention of management. It was designed, by intention, to cast a broad and sweeping …

The Impact of Mobile Technology on Emerging Economies

In order for mobile technology to provide the data and services that rural communities need, a wireless spectrum for commercial use must be put in place. Issues …
By Steve Brachmann 1 year ago 0

PTO Guidance Offers Keys to Patent Eligibility for Crucial Information Age Patents

Despite the improvements that could reopen the door for important patents in important fields, the Guidelines seem far from perfect. But how could they be, given that …
By Louis Hoffman 1 year ago 4

Surviving §101 Step 2: Is there ‘Significantly More’?

Earlier this year the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Alice Corp. v CLS Bank Int’l, which applied the Mayo 2-part test to computer-implemented subject matter.[2] …
By John Kong 1 year ago 1

The Walt Disney Company – An Innovative and Creative Pioneer

A strong sense of innovation runs through the entire operations of the Walt Disney Company and the many forms of entertainment media developed by the corporation. For …
By Steve Brachmann 1 year ago 0

Mary Denison Appointed as New Commissioner for Trademarks

Since June 2011, Denison has served as the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations, where she has been responsible for USPTO trademark application, legal examination and registration processes. She …
By U.S.P.T.O. 1 year ago 0

Unlocking Patents: The Cost of Failure, The Benefits of Success

LITAN: ''But let’s go back to the main point again from our paper, which is that we need to switch the national conversation about patents to …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 0

Surviving 101 Challenges After Alice Gone Wild

The judge made exception to §101 for laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas exists because a patent on these would impede innovation more than promote it, …
By John Kong 1 year ago 4

Video Conferencing and Software Dominate Cisco Patent Activity

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), of San Jose, CA, is a dominant force in the market of developing and commercializing computer networking solutions for many types of …
By Steve Brachmann 1 year ago 2

An Exclusive Interview with Robert Litan

LITAN: ''Cross industry variation in the use of patents shouldn’t mean that we should just junk the patent system. As I said, the alternatives to go …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 3

The Disclosure Revolution – A Report from the Front, 2014

The Disclosure Revolution is an ongoing process that has transformed patent law over the last couple of decades. While courts continue to say, “The claims define the …
By Joseph Root 1 year ago 1

USPTO Reduces Fees for Trademark Applications and Renewals

Yesterday, as authorized by the AIA, the USPTO published the final rule in the Federal Register that will work to reduce certain trademark fees. As you might …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 0

Exclusive Interview with Doug Croxall of Marathon Patent Group

Doug Croxall is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Patent Group, which is a patent acquisition and licensing company. I met Croxall in New York City …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 0

From Tesla to Zenith, the Birth of Television Remote Controls

December 17th of this year marks the 57th anniversary of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s issue of a seminal patent in the field of …
By Steve Brachmann 1 year ago 0

Post-Alice, Allowances are a Rare Sighting in Business-Method Art Units

Since the Alice Corp. decision, rejections under 35 U.S.C. 101 have become substantially more common in business-method art units, and notices of allowance have become substantially more …
By Kate Gaudry 1 year ago 4