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USPTO and EPO Publish Advance Version of Cooperative Patent Classification System

The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today announced early publication of a classification system …
3 years ago 7

Patent Bar Exam Refresh: PTO Now Testing New Materials

We also know from past history that when the Patent Office first starts to test new material they disproportionately weight it in the database of questions so …
3 years ago 6

Manus Cooney Part II – The Future of Patent Reform

The PTO, the House and Senate Judiciary Committee staffs, and some segments of the patent community, mainly those that were supporters of the AIA, had drafted a …
3 years ago 2

Interview Finale: USPTO Attorneys Knight and Ray

In this segment, which is the interview finale, we discuss the heightened expectation of fairness placed on government attorneys, what it is like to work for USPTO …
3 years ago 0

A Lawyers Guide to the Business of Blogging

First, the biggest mistake lawyers make is that they primarily write for other lawyers.  That is a huge mistake.  There are only so many lawyers in any …
3 years ago 0

Exclusive Interview: USPTO Attorneys Bernie Knight & Ray Chen

On Wednesday August 1, 2012, I had the opportunity to do something I have wanted to do for quite a while. I sat down on the record with both …
3 years ago 3

Broad Claims to Signals & Computer Program Products in EPO

The good news is that signal claims and broad claims to computer program products are obtainable in Europe. However, such claims are only grantable if the necessary …
3 years ago 4

Patent Issues on the Legislative Agenda for 2012 & 2013

Numerous provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) went into effect on September 16, 2012, marking the one year anniversary of the President’s signing of the bipartisan …
3 years ago 3

A Conversation with Manus Cooney – Patents and Lobbying

Cooney is a prominent behind the scenes player in Washington, DC. He is a partner in the American Continental Group, a D.C. based consulting and lobbying …
3 years ago 1

FTC Halts Computer Spying by Secretly Installed Software

Seven rent-to-own companies and a software design firm have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they spied on consumers using computers that consumers rented from …
3 years ago 0

Canon Sued for Infringing Noise-Reduction Camera Patent

On Friday, September 21, 2012, Canon, Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) was sued for patent infringement by Yama Capital, LLC, which is a limited liability company organized under the laws of …
3 years ago 1

Article One Partners Hunts for Prior Art for European Patents

I have not previously noticed AOP doing Studies relative to foreign patents, but the hunt for prior art knows no boundaries and it seems only logical that …
3 years ago 1