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USPTO Updates Registration Examination for New Patent Practitioners

As part of a wider effort aimed at stakeholders fully benefitting from the sweeping reforms of the America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. Department of Commerce’…
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 0

The Impact of the America Invents Act on the Definition of Prior Art

While the search for prior art won't likely be impacted, the value of the prior art located will be dramatically impacted according to Ken Hattori, partner in …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 8

USPTO Announces Three New Patent Prosecution Highway Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the October 1, 2012 launch of a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 0

Lies, Damn Lies and Media Hatred of Patents (and the CAFC)

Indeed, few articles have struck a nerve in me quite the way that a recent Ars Technica article did. The article is titled How a rogue appeals …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 51

Commerce Department Announces Partnership with Cornell NYC Tech to Help Entrepreneurs Innovate, Grow, and Create Jobs

Acting Secretary Blank announced that for the first time, the resources of a U.S. government agency and a major research institution will join forces to give …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 0

Intellectual Property as a Corporate Asset

The theme of the annual meeting of the AIPF this year is "intellectual property as a corporate asset." There are indeed presentations sprinkled across the two days …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 2

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 …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 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 …
By Gene Quinn
4 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 …
By Gene Quinn
4 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 …
By Gene Quinn
4 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 …
By Gene Quinn
4 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 …
By Gene Quinn
4 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 …
By Paul Cole
4 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 …

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 …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1