Posts Archive


CAFC Rules “Secret Prior Art” Requires Only Appreciation that Invention Made in Teva Pharmaceutical*

The doctrines of “secret prior art” and “inherency” both merged in the case Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. v. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP to surprise, and unpleasantly upend the …
4 years ago 10

A Special Thank You to Our Guest Contributors!

Over the years IPWatchdog.com has continued to try and add additional perspectives from a wide variety of guest contributors, ranging from well respected practicing attorneys and …
4 years ago 3

Top 10 Locations the PTO Should Consider for Satellite Offices

My list is heavily dominated by California locations, and there are probably a couple surprises, but Albuquerque, New Mexico and Syracuse, New York? I make the case …
4 years ago 25

USPTO Announces More PPH Agreements, China and Iceland

The USPTO always also points out that PPH agreements increase patent quality. That is likely true, but probably not as directly as you might expect. As far …
4 years ago 2

Doing Business in China While Protecting Your Innovations

1.3 billion people simply cannot be ignored, that much is certainly true. In my experience, however, when potentially ridiculous sums of money are at issue people, including otherwise …
4 years ago 3

USPTO Seeks Comments on Future Locations for Satellite Offices

The USPTO sees the establishment of satellite offices as an important component of their continued efforts to recruit and retain a highly skilled workforce, reduce patent application …
4 years ago 10

U.S. Patent Office Finalizes New Appeal Rules

By eliminating certain briefing requirements the PTO hopes to reduce the number of non-compliant appeal briefs and the number of non-compliant examiner’s answers. Non-compliant briefs and …
4 years ago 4

The America Invents Act – Panacea or Just Pain for the PTO?

Many people situated variously within and outside of the patent system of the United States urged the adoption of first-to-file. There are, however, many questions about the …
4 years ago 8

The Benefits of a Provisional Patent Application

With most provisional patent applications the 80-20 rule applies. To get to 80% complete it takes 20% of the time and the final 20% will take 80% of the time. Thus, …
4 years ago 4

Top 5 Twitter Myths Busted: Twitter Demystified

Once you understand what to tweet, how to tweet and how much to tweet, you are quickly able to make excellent connections, increase your website statistics and …
4 years ago 6

Happy Thanksgiving and Turkey Frying Patents

On this most festive of American holidays I once again am inspired to share some thematically appropriate patents. After all, what better way to celebrate a holiday …
4 years ago 2

In re Lovin: The Examiner’s Answer is Too Late To Make a Proper Rejection of Dependent Claims

Lovin has received exceptional attention in the patent law blogosphere. In short, Lovin permits an examiner to wait until an examiner’s answer to explain how and …
4 years ago 12