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USPTO Extends First Action Interview Pilot Program

On July 9, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that they are extending the First Action Interview (FAI) Pilot Program. The extension of the program …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

CLS Bank International: A Fractured Landscape of Patent Eligibility for Business Methods and Systems*

These polar opposite decisions in CyberSource and Ultramercial illustrate how fractured the Federal Circuit’s patent-eligibility landscape has now become for business methods and systems. The most …
By Eric Guttag
4 years ago 28

How Much Deference Should the CAFC Give the USPTO?

A factual determination of the Board is to be upheld if there is substantial evidence to support it, In re Gartside, 203 F.3d 1305, 1315 (Fed. Cir. 2000), and a …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 7

Round 2: Did Oracle Overlook the Smoking Gun in its Case against Google?

Readers did point out some issues in our article that we would like to correct. First, we made some statements regarding copyright that are not completely accurate. …

Petition for Rehearing en banc filed in Plasmart v. Kappos

This case intrigued me from the start because it seemed rather odd that there should be a nonprecedential opinion in an appeal to the Federal Circuit necessitated …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 2

Multiple Winners in InterDigital-Intel Patent Deal, Despite Wall Street Skeptics

The IP Professional community must find ways to work with Wall Street to help educate and protect the credibility of IP as an emerging asset class, and …
By Rob Aronoff
4 years ago 1

GE Wins at Federal Circuit in Mitsubishi Wind Turbine Case

On Friday, July 6, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in General Electric Co. v. ITC. The Federal Circuit, per Judge …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Yahoo & Facebook Settle Patent Battle with Strategic Partnership

This is an interesting development, and one that seems to make sense from both perspectives. When giant corporations are suing each other it is because they are …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 3

State Department, Congress Unhappy with World Intellectual Property Organization Sending Computers to Iran, North Korea

WIPO is under fire again. It seems that WIPO not only shipped computers to North Korea, but also shipped computers to Iran as well. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (…
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 2

Cooler Innovations

It is still extraordinarily hot throughout most of the United States today. Some relief is on the horizon for tomorrow, at least for the greater Washington, DC …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 6

Cool Wearable Innovations to Help You Beat the Summer Heat

It is fair to say that the eastern half of the United States is experiencing prolonged heat like few can ever remember. With that in mind I …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 4

WIPO Announces 2012 Global Innovation Index

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in conjunction with INSEAD, released the 2012 Global Innovation Index (GII) on July 3, 2012. The GII model included study of 141 economies, which represent 94.9% …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

U.S. v. Alvarez: Trademark Dilution and the First Amendment

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court handed down its opinion on the Stolen Valor Act (18 U.S.C. §§704). This poor little First Amendment case has …
By Beth Hutchens
4 years ago 1

Is Qualcomm’s New Corporate Structure an Open Source Firewall?

It seems that at least one major component of the restructuring is being driven by the company's attempts to move forward with open source, but doing so …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

USPTO Announces Satellite Offices: Denver, San Jose, Dallas

David Kappos today announced plans to open regional USPTO offices in or around Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, and Silicon Valley, California. These offices are in addition to …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 3