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Exclusive Interview with Doug Croxall of Marathon Patent Group

Doug Croxall is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Patent Group, which is a patent acquisition and licensing company. I met Croxall in New York City …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Correction: Michelle Lee on Patent Reform

Thus, Lee did not agree with Senator Durbin’s main point, which seemed unequivocally to be that additional patent reform is not necessary at the moment, but …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 2

From Tesla to Zenith, the Birth of Television Remote Controls

December 17th of this year marks the 57th anniversary of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s issue of a seminal patent in the field of …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Form Over Substance: CAFC Kills Patent Due to Paralegal Mistake

Every once in a while you stumble across a situation where what is fair seems obvious. At those moments we are all too frequently reminded that we …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 6

Post-Alice, Allowances are a Rare Sighting in Business-Method Art Units

Since the Alice Corp. decision, rejections under 35 U.S.C. 101 have become substantially more common in business-method art units, and notices of allowance have become substantially more …
By Kate Gaudry
3 years ago 4

USPTO Releases Patent Eligibility Guidance

The USPTO guidance, which in large part is reminiscent of the KSR Guidelines put out by the Office in 2010, goes through cases one by one. The USPTO …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 12

Diverse Patent Portfolio for 3M: Digital Sticky Notes, Dental Innovations and Monitoring Criminal Offenders

3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is a major American corporation involved with the development of a wide range of consumer personal care products as well as medical systems, …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Secret Examination Procedures at the USPTO: My Experience with SAWS

The patent examiner stated that, when he had tried to allow the patent application, the USPTO system returned a thread – “SAWS case – cannot be allowed.” The application …
By Devon Rolf
3 years ago 62

Internet Technologies a Continuing Focus for Microsoft

Today we focus on recently published patent applications with an emphasis on technologies and innovations relating to the Internet, social media and cloud computing. Microsoft’s recently …

An International Economy Means I Need An International Patent, Right?

Before selling your product outside the United States, you need to take into account the vastly different cultural and market preferences outside the country. As anyone who …
By Mark Nowotarski
3 years ago 0

1998: Federal Circuit Says Yes to Business Methods

It is really incorrect to say that the Federal Circuit eliminated the business method exception in State Street Bank, although the same net effect admittedly occurred regardless …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 2

The Evolution of Video Game Consoles: A Tribute to Ralph Baer

Over the past week the world lost a major name in video game technology, the man who originally developed the entire concept of playing games through a …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 1

Is the Patent Market Poised for Rebound in 2015?

While timing a bottom is never a good investment strategy, recognizing a bottom does present real opportunity. As the 18th century British nobleman Baron Rothschild is famously …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 13

High Value Patents – Where Strength Meets Quality

The terms patent strength and patent quality get used frequently within the industry, but what do they really mean? To a large extent the meaning of the …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 6

Alice in Blunderland: The Supreme Court’s Conflation of Abstractness and Obviousness

The problem with this analytical approach lies not in the two-step Mayo “algorithm,” but rather in framing the analysis in terms of subject matter eligibility under Section 101 …
By Ron Laurie
3 years ago 10