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SCOTUS asked to consider proper scope of ex parte reexamination proceedings at USPTO

Pactiv, LLC v. Lee presents a question fundamental to all ex parte reexaminations: whether, after the PTO initiates an ex parte reexamination, that proceeding is limited in …
By Paul Hughes
1 month ago 6

Evolution of Technology: Roger Angel’s honeycomb mirrors enable extremely large telescopes

The use of larger mirrors enabled the creation of more powerful telescopes over time. However, by the 1970s the size of the mirror itself was becoming a …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Edward Kwok joins VLP Law Group as Partner in Intellectual Property Practice Group

VLP Law Group LLP has announced that Edward Kwok has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group as a partner based in Silicon Valley, California. Prior …
By Press Releases
1 month ago 0

USPTO Director Lee sued for declaring federal holiday, allowing IPR filing after statutory deadline

It was only going to be a matter of time before Director Lee declaring a federal holiday without any statutory authority came back to haunt the USPTO. …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 21

Benefit of the Secondary Patent Market to Startups

The validity of secondary markets for a variety of goods and services is never questioned. Securities are sold and resold many times after their initial offering, homes …
By Ken Stanwood
1 month ago 1

The Dynamics of Patentability Beyond §§ 102 and 103

It is the personal relationships and dynamics between those junior and senior examiners where the final, hidden gate to patentability stands. Between them, the junior examiners perform …
By Jason Perilla
1 month ago 3

Gibson Dunn Adds IP Transactions Partner John A. Squires in New York

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that John A. Squires has joined the firm as a partner in the New York office. Formerly a partner …
By Press Releases
1 month ago 0

Apple May Ultimately Regret its Success in Apple v. Samsung

With over 205 billion in cash reserves at last count, Apple certainly doesn't "need" the full nine-figure damage award. And, unless Congress steps in and amends the damage …
By Ronald Abrams
1 month ago 28

When Do Operating Companies Sell Their Patents?

What causes operating companies to sell their patents? Our intuition tells us that patent sales take place when the seller is in financial distress or the company …

FTC report on PAEs could have an outsized effect on U.S. patent reform debate

The information the FTC has been collecting regarding patent assertion entities is extensive. Along with standard corporate information, the FTC is making a survey of each patent …
By William Cory Spence
1 month ago 1

Are Patents the Reason Poor Countries Lack Healthcare?

A consistent charge against the patent system is that it denies the poor access to critical medicines. This belief led the UN Secretary General to launch his …
By Joseph Allen
1 month ago 3

Would Monopoly® be patent ineligible under Alice?

One particularly disconcerting and largely unpredictable aspect of Alice is how it has been used to render games patent ineligible. This type of Alice-creep is particularly disconcerting …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 44

Patent Landscaping: Sorting the grain from the chaff

Companies at the cutting edge of their industries have realized the immense value of their patent portfolios and are still trying to make the most of that …
By Julia Elvidge
1 month ago 0

U.S. patent system may be biggest obstacle for inventors

The NPR-style article tells the story of Tory Norred, a fellow in the cardiology program at the University of Missouri, who in 1998 came up with the idea …
By Bruce Berman
1 month ago 44

Boston-based Tasty Burger alleges trademark infringement by Tasty Made, Chipotle’s burger chain

hipotle Mexican Grill is gearing up to launch a new franchise brand of restaurants. The first Tasty Made will open this fall in Lancaster, OH, and locations …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 0