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Ordinary Plain Meaning: Defining Terms in a Patent Application

The question of whether a term is defined adequately is really a legal question, so the views and opinions of those who are not well versed in …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 25

Business Methods by the Numbers: A Look Inside PTO Class 705

What these numbers tell you is if your application is in Art Unit 3622 or 3689 you are in for a long wait to obtain a patent. The numbers …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 18

Failing Your Way to Success

Consider, for example, the old axiom that entrepreneurs must be unwaveringly fixated on a single goal. Most startups are built around a single product or service that …
By Edward Balassanian 4 years ago 5

Supreme Court OKs Public Domain Works Being Copyrighted

To all those who can read the Constitution it has to be clear that the Supreme Court’s decision in Golan v. Holder is absurd. It is …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 37

Patent Prosecution Across the AIA Divide: Warning to Patent Practitioners – Special Care is Needed to Avoid Legal Malpractice

Therefore, returning to my hypothetical inquiry above, assume a continuation is filed on or after March 13, 2013, but is accomplished in such a manner so that its does …
By Howard Skaist 4 years ago 20

Accelerated Examination is Better Examination

I spoke to five patent practitioners (attorneys and agents) who filed successful 12 month accelerated examination cases in 2011 to get their input on how the process went for …
By Mark Nowotarski 4 years ago 6

USPTO Issues Reports Required by the America Invents Act

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has submitted reports for two intellectual property law studies required by the America Invents Act (AIA) to Congress. The …
By U.S.P.T.O. 4 years ago 14

5 Simple Steps to Building A Personal Brand Using Social Media

Just like people, all brands have their own personality. Brand personality is defined as a set of human characteristics that are associated with a brand name and …
By Renee C. Quinn 4 years ago 0

Kappos 2.0: USPTO Funding, Board Hiring & Harmonization

In this installment we learn from Director Kappos that the USPTO budget is not a problem whatsoever. While the Office did not achieve a permanent end to …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 2

Teenage Inventor Rebecca Hyndman Discusses Patents, Inventing, High School and President Obama

On September 17, 2011, I attended the Signing of the America Invents Act at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. A young lady named Rebecca Hyndman, who …
By Renee C. Quinn 4 years ago 10

Obama to Announce Restructuring of Department of Commerce

The Obama government restructuring plan is of particular importance within the patent community because it will affect the Commerce Department as well as five smaller agencies. As …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 8

Patent Drafting: Drilling Down on Variations in a Patent Application

One of the challenges that a drafter faces when trying to satisfy the enablement requirement is with respect to describing things that can and will vary depending …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 1

Kappos 2.0: Part 2 of my Interview with David Kappos

The beginning of Part 2 of my interview picks up where we left off, but more generally broadens out to generically ask how Kappos approaches the daunting task …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 5

PTO Announces Riverfront Office Space for Detroit Satellite Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced on January 10, 2012 that it has concluded a five-year lease agreement through the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) …
By U.S.P.T.O. 4 years ago 3

IBM’s Formula for Success: Patents, Patents and more Patents

Earlier today IBM announced that it set a new U.S. patent record in 2011, marking the 19th consecutive year that the company has led the annual list …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 3