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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

At the Core: Patent Examiner and Art Unit Data Explained

Early in my career, I encountered a series of approximately 20 patent applications that were assigned to a small number of different art units. During the time it …
By Christopher Holt 4 years ago 3

Kappos 2.0: Exclusive Interview with PTO Director David Kappos

Director Kappos was extremely gracious with his time, speaking to me on the record for nearly 90 minutes. He answered every one of my questions without dodging, and …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 9

PTO Proposes Rules for OED Patent Practitioner Discipline

When I first set out to write this article my intention was to do something that briefly summarized the proposed rules to bring everyone up to speed. …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 6

Reality Check: Compensation for Patent Practitioners

In Patent Strategy I explained that a reasonable quote for an office action response is $2,000. Certainly it can be more depending upon the technology, but if you …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 16

Vault with Coca-Cola Trade Secret Formula on Public Display

Can you imagine the security employed in transferring the trade secret from the SunTrust Bank vault to the vault at the World of Coca-Cola? The Coca-Cola formula …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 9