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USPTO experiences catastrophic failure of electronic patent and trademark systems

On December 22, 2015, at approximately 7:00 pm, the USPTO experienced a catastrophic failure of electronic information systems due to what is being called a major power outage at the …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 34

The Top 10 Patents Issued in 2015

2015 was a truly remarkable year for innovation and we saw major trends in self-driving cars, wearable technologies, digital wallets and much more. I hope you will enjoy …
By Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 5

Protecting IP in an Agile Software Development Environment

Over the last decade, there has been a movement among the software developer community to employ some form of “agile development” rather than the traditional software development …

Amici Ask Federal Circuit to Curb Misapplication of Alice to Specific, Novel, and Concrete Inventions

On December 18, 2015, several amici filed a brief in support of appellants in Netflix, Inc. v. Rovi Corp. et al., No. 15-1917 at the Federal Circuit. The amici …

Napa Valley Vintners first wine group in US to receive certification mark registration

Earlier this month, Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), the nonprofit trade association that works to “promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation,” became the first wine group …
By Brian Focarino 1 month ago 2

PCT Basics: Obtaining Patent Rights Around the World

For better or for worse, there is no such thing as a world-wide patent. There is, however, something that approximates a world-wide patent application that can ultimately …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 1

Tricks & Tips to Describe an Invention in a Patent Application

In order to satisfy this enablement requirement you need to specifically and objectively define and describe how to make and use your invention. The quickest way to …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 0

Merry Christmas from IPWatchdog

In addition to our two most recent Christmas themed articles, we invite you to take a look at some of our Christmas related patent articles of the …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 7

Christmas Kissing Creativity: Mistletoe Innovations

I thought it might be interesting to take a look at one of more fun holiday traditions — kissing under mistletoe. According to History.com, mistletoe is a …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 0

NORAD celebrates 60 years of tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve

Later this evening, on December 24th, Santa Claus will guide his team of nine reindeer, led by Rudolph’s red nose, from the North Pole to points …
By Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 0

Samsung enters self-driving car market, Musk’s Hyperloop and Bloomberg big data initiative

Yet another tech developer known for consumer electronics is getting into the autonomous vehicle market, a sign that we can continue to expect disruption for the conventional …
By Steve Brachmann 2 months ago 2

Unconstitutional – CAFC Rules PTO Cannot Deny Registration for Disparaging Trademarks

Yesterday the Federal Circuit in an en banc decision held that the portion of Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act, which bars federal registration for trademarks that …
By Brian Focarino 2 months ago 4