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The Blame Game: Why hasn’t the Patent Office done anything about low quality patents?

The PTAB is instituting 80% of inter partes review (IPR) petitions, which can only be interpreted as clear evidence of the extraordinarily low quality of patent examination at …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 68

India sends over the vast majority of H-1B visa workers in America

India, the world’s second-largest country by population, sends the most foreign workers to America on H-1B visas for specialty occupations by a wide margin. Statistics …
By Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 8

Supremes take Samsung v. Apple design patents damages case

On Monday, March 21, 2016, the United States Supreme Court accepted certiorari in Samsung Electronics v. Apple, Inc., which relates to how much Samsung owes for infringing Apple design …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 7

Merrick Garland’s deference to federal agencies should be concerning to patent owners

Given the fact that the IPR processes at PTAB have been worrisome for many patent owners, the possibility that Merrick Garland would continue his longstanding deference towards …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 2

Federal Circuit denies mandamus, can decide later if patent was really a covered business method

On Friday, March 18, 2016, in a one paragraph Order that for some reason is not available on the Court's website, the United States Court of Appeals for the …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 5

What the 2016 presidential candidates are saying about H-1B visas

On the Republican side, front-runner Donald Trump, whose inability to be stopped by his own rhetoric has proven to be a hallmark of his campaign, has said …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn 1 month ago 2

SCOTUS Blog founder asks Supreme Court to reconsider Mayo ruling in Sequenom v. Ariosa

This is as straightforward a certiorari candidate as any patent case can be. It is manifestly important: A host of judges and amici have stressed that the …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 16

Fact Checking Bogus ‘Patent Report Card’ Grade for Senator Cruz

Simply stated, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) did not deserve the F foisted on him by the Engine study or amplified by the reporting by Wired and Ars …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn 1 month ago 3

Ex Parte Appeal as a Potential Means to Quick Allowances

We set out to study the life cycle of appeals by conducting a stage-by-stage analysis to identify what fraction of applications were exiting the appeal cycle and …
By Kate Gaudry & Sameer Vadera 1 month ago 6

Hulk Hogan, Gawker case shines light on controversial bond requirement for right to appeal

Without getting into the substance of the Hogan vs. Gawker lawsuit, the issue of posting bonds to appeal is a contentious one, and if you ask me …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 3

Reducing amorphous Alice-based abstract idea rejections with a better approach to examples

As we await the next Update from the Patent Office on subject matter eligibility, it may be worthwhile to consider further the role of examples given in …
By Louis Hoffman 1 month ago 7

H-1B visa requirements for specialty occupations, DOD workers and fashion models

In the tech world, the H-1B visa for a person in a specialty occupation has been a heated issue at times. According to the official website …
By Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 5

Mattel unveils updated ThingMaker at 2016 Toy Fair, introduces kids to 3D printing

One of the more attention-grabbing offerings in this field was Mattel’s ThingMaker 3D printing system for creating custom toys at home. The system includes the ThingMaker 3…
By Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 0

How to Get Broader and Good Quality Patents

Patents, for a long while, have been an integral part of business development strategy. Companies like ARM and Qualcomm, for example, have built their business around patents …
By Shikhar Sahni 1 month ago 5

Forum non conveniens not appropriate because foreign courts cannot adjudicate US infringement

Halo sued Comptoir for infringing a large number of U.S. design patents, copyrights, and one common-law trademark relating to a number of Halo’s furniture designs. …