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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Issues 700,000th Design Patent

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today commemorated the issuance of the 700,000th design patent during a ceremony with United States …
By U.S.P.T.O.
3 years ago 0

Patent Quality in China

As a result of filing the world’s highest number of patent applications, China is often attacked for trading in quality for quantity. However, Michael Lin of …
By Michael Lin
3 years ago 2

PTO Seeks Comments on Crowdsourcing Prior Art

Last week the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced that they will be holding a roundtable event on April 10, 2014, to discuss President Obama's desire to find …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 7

Samsung Patents Walking Improvements for Bipedal Robot

Samsung has received dozens of patents for truly unique technologies, such as one patent protecting better walking and balancing controls for two-legged humanoid robots. Other patents recently …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Patent Legislation Compared: Joinder of Interested Parties

Opponents of the rule point out that it could lead to unwilling and unnecessary joinder — a point raised particularly by universities and venture capitalists who fear they …
By Andrew Baluch
3 years ago 1

Congress and the Court: Loser-Pay Fee Shifting

U.S. patent litigation has followed the centuries-old “American Rule” under which each party to a litigation pays its own legal fees and costs, regardless whether it …
By Andrew Baluch
3 years ago 2

IP Games and Naughty Patent Fights

And the game goes on, with sophisticated tactics and subterfuges. Some patent holders obfuscate their patent ownerships behind shell companies, including some large technology companies who find …
By Ivan Chaperot
3 years ago 2

Georgia Senate Candidate Proposes Patent Reform to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Gardner proposes to make it patent misuse to charge much more in the United States for the same drug than in the rest of the G7. According …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 10

Mylan’s Prevails in Perforomist® Patent Dispute

Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ: MYL) recently prevailed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in a patent dispute involving Perforomist® (formoterol fumarate) …
By IPWatchdog
3 years ago 0

PTAB Death Squads: Are All Commercially Viable Patents Invalid?

The Board cancelled 95.2% of all claims for which trial was instituted, and cancelled 82.9% of all claims that were initially challenged by the petitioner... These bleak statistics have …

Apple Seeks Patent on Dynamic Playlist for Digital Content

The featured patent application describes smarter methods of building playlists for digital content, like songs. This system can dynamically update playlists based on a user’s changing …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Hunting Bayh-Dole Vampires

The government is funding basic research at universities, not drug development. Bayh-Dole allows schools to own resulting inventions and license them for commercialization. These discoveries are more …
By Joseph Allen
3 years ago 1

Software Patent Amici in Support of Petitioner Alice Corporation

That only three briefs are filed in support of Alice Corporation is a little misleading in this case, however, since many of the briefs that were filed …

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Plan to Accelerate Transition to Private Management of the Domain Name System

The immediate practical consequences for domain-name registration while the transition proposal is developed are likely to be limited. Nevertheless, while the Department's current DNS stewardship is not …

Engaging Small Business Customers from the Start

Making a startup into a successful small business venture requires more than an entrepreneurial heart and willpower. It takes a loyal base comprised of engaged, connected customers …
By James White
3 years ago 0