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Commerce IG Report: Patent examiners defrauded government of millions for unworked time

The investigative report, prompted by interest caused by the infamous “Examiner A,” who falsely claimed he worked 730 hours in fiscal year 2014, concluded that for the 15-month period …
By Gene Quinn
26 days ago 78

Junior party prevails at USPTO in Interference between Plant Patent and Utility Application

Sheehan contended that Dulcich, without permission, grafted Sheehan’s “Great Green” in 2010 and filed for a plant patent in 2012 claiming the “Great Green” as its own JPD-001 (“…

Google Maps update likely to feature text-based parking notification and more

Getting around may get a little bit easier for some drivers as Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) adds on new features to the 9.34 beta-release of Google Maps... Some of …
By Benjamin Joe
26 days ago 0

PTAB arbitrary and capricious in denying motion to amend in IPR

In the final decision by the Board in the IPR, the Board denied the patent owner’s motion solely because the patent owner did not discuss whether …
By Gene Quinn
27 days ago 5

USPTO considering an end to accelerated examination

The Patent Office recently announced changes to the accelerated examination program, and hinted that they would soon publish another notice soliciting public comments with respect to whether …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
27 days ago 6

Lifefactory patent on protective sleeves for containers survives IPR with most claims intact

The Lifefactory patent covering a protective sleeve technology survived a challenge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) with most of its claims intact. The company …
By Steve Brachmann
27 days ago 0

Government is to blame for the skyrocketing price of EpiPens, not patents

The problem is that the government is standing in the way of these competitive autoinjectors getting into the hands of the patients who need them. For example, …
By Brett Trout
28 days ago 22

ResMed brings infringement suit over sleep apnea treatment devices

On Wednesday, August 17th, respiratory health device developer ResMed Inc. (NYSE:RMD) of San Diego, CA, announced that it had filed multiple legal actions against Fisher & Paykel …
By Steve Brachmann
28 days ago 2

Horizon Pharma sues Actavis, Lupin for Paragraph IV certifications on generic Pennsaid

Horizon Pharma filed an action for patent infringement against Actavis and Lupin Pharmaceuticals in response to the filing of Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) by both defendants …
By Steve Brachmann
29 days ago 0

Estimating the cost for filing, obtaining and maintaining patents across the globe

In several jurisdictions across the globe, the costs are a function of various variables such as the mode of filing, the type of applicant, the number of …

Patent Drafting: Describing What is Unique Without Puffing

In fact, many times the patentably relevant information is not described as well as largely irrelevant information about marketing strategies and likely consumer demand. Discussion of what …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 0

Medical software provides life-saving results, not abstract ideas

Those who make the argument that medical software is abstract, or trivial, are just wrong. Medical software has been developed to benefit both patients and medical practitioners …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 2

Ed Sheeran targeted by heirs of ‘Let’s Get It On’ co-writer in copyright infringement suit

On Tuesday, August 9th, Ed Sheeran was named as a defendant in a copyright lawsuit filed by three heirs of American singer-songwriter Lee Townsend. Townsend, who passed …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

USPTO ‘judgment calls’ to blame for reopening prosecution after complete Board reversal

Robert Bahr, the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, responded that “hindsight is great,” and went on to explain that they thought that the rejections that were …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 53

Research Universities Face Licensing Limitations Sought by Electronic Frontier Foundation

Another incursion into research university governance and operations is now underway. And this time all research universities are affected. Led by the DC Based Electronic Frontier Foundation, …
By Chris Gallagher
1 month ago 3