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PTO Hosting Public Information Events on America Invents Act

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director David Kappos will participate in both events, joined by several senior USPTO officials. An in-person roundtable addressing …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 0

Senators Submit Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act

Implementation of the Hague Treaty will also bring some welcome changes to U.S. patent law -- for example, the term of design patents will extend to 15 …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
4 years ago 0

Patent Verdicts We Planned For

News analysis and op-ed pieces following the $1 billion jury decision in Apple v. Samsung have been filled with reactive statements critical of the US patent system. Apple’…
By Manus Cooney
4 years ago 4

Post Grant Review, Inter Partes Review and Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents

Post Grant Review, Inter Partes Review and the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents were instituted with the goal of improving patent quality by giving third …
By Kenneth N. Nigon
4 years ago 22

Business Methods (and Software) are Still Patentable!

For at least the past 15 years, the legal, technical and academic communities have been debating the patentability of business methods and software. Despite much negative press ink, …
By Raymond Millien
4 years ago 4

PTO eFiling Modernization & Next Generation Fee Processing

Hearing from our online filers will assist us in gathering requirements, creating functional designs, and evaluating product releases. We will hold focus sessions to discuss the proposed …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 0

Prior Art Hunting: Signal Processing, Lithium Batteries and more

Article One Partners has just reached the $3 million milestone, having given out over $3 million to its cadre of researchers. Currently the total sum awarded by Article One …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Here they go again – this time with the Patent SHIELD Act

Indeed, the bill’s co-sponsor acknowledges and states “[t]his bill combats the problem of patent trolls by moving to a ‘loser pays’ system for software and …

USPTO Selects Central Denver Location for Regional Satellite Office

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its Denver regional satellite office will be located in the …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 0

Kodak: No Decision on Patent Sale, May Keep Patents

Kodak is continuing discussions with parties interested in acquiring the patents offered for sale through the court approved auction procedure.  These patents relate to the company's digital …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Follow Friday – The International IP Edition

Today I give you 10 great Twitter accounts to follow if you are interested in staying up on intellectual property around the world, with a heavy emphasis on …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Zombie Trademarks: Bringing a Trademark Back From The Dead

Unlike patents and copyrights, a trademark can exist in perpetuity so long as it is being used. And a mark has to be used to stay alive. …
By Beth Hutchens
4 years ago 3

Erik Iverson Interview Part 2: Patents for Humanity

On August 2, 2012, I spoke on the record with Erik Iverson, Executive Vice President for Business Development & External Affairs at the Infectious Disease Research Institute. In part 2, which …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Tafas v. Dudas/Doll – 5 Years Later But Still Very Pertinent

Although such Final Rules were widely criticized by most companies in the United States, a sole individual, Dr. Triantafyllos Tafas, a co-inventor of a computerized automated microscope, …

Flashback Seagate: Indifference to Patent Rights of Innovators

After dispatching with Underwater Devices the Federal Circuit announced the new rules, which requires at least a showing of objective recklessness in order to support a finding …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 4