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Patently Surreal: The Obama Strategic Plan on IP Enforcement

It is almost impossible to believe this report is the work product of the Obama Administration. The section on patents, which begins on page 134, reads like a …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 29

USPTO refuses registration of Golden Knights trademark for Las Vegas NHL franchise

In late November, the Las Vegas NHL hockey franchise, which will begin playing with the National Hockey League (NHL) in the 2017-18 season, announced that it would …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 3

President-Elect Trump Says the TPP is Dead, but What Now for IP?

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced that he will withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement on his first day in office. So ends more …
By Sirena Rubinoff
1 month ago 1

Supreme Court agrees to hear patent venue case filled with patent reform implications

Earlier today the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC. In deciding to hear this patent venue case …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 8

Doing the Math on Patent Trolls: The U.S. patent system is a most efficient government program

Patents and the innovators who own them do not “cost” the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars each year. This claim has been repeatedly and …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 0

Obama’s Anti-Patent Bias Led to the Destruction of His Legacy

Barack Obama came to office with the suspicion that patents caused higher prices and created market inefficiencies. He set a mission to disassemble the patent system, which …
By Neal Solomon
1 month ago 35

The Science Behind Brand Protection in the Deep and Dark Web

Over the past few years we have seen a surge in cyber attacks against well-known organizations, each seemingly larger than the last. As cybercriminals look for innovative …
By Charlie Abrahams
1 month ago 0

Could Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg join the Trump Administration?

Text messages sent between Andreesen and Erskine Bowles speak to Zuckerberg’s desire to be able to maintain control of Facebook while possibly serving two years in …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 2

PTAB institutes Mylan IPR challenges on Allergan patents for RESTASIS

Last week the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) instituted six separate inter partes reviews (IPRs) against patents …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 1

Financial CHOICE Act could presage Congressional action on administrative abuses at PTAB

One of the effects of this bill, were it enacted by Congress as currently written, would be to modify the enforcement activities of the U.S. Securities …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 3

A Toxic Brew – and the Cure for the U.S. Patent System

The Supreme Court has run two areas of technology, bio and software, into a legal ditch from which there is no escape.... It should be no surprise …
By John White
1 month ago 57

Judge allows copyright case on ‘We Shall Overcome’ to move forward, song may be in public domain

On Monday, November 21st, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.) issued a decision allowing …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Tea Leaf Readers in Demand as Team Trump Meets with Silicon Valley Giants

Peter Thiel, Reince Priebus and Jared Kushner are hosting technology industry giants for a policy discussion at Trump Tower on December 14, 2016. Patent reform is likely to be …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 6

Arent Fox is seeking a patent agent or patent staff attorney/associate for Washington DC office

The Washington, DC office of Arent Fox is seeking a patent agent or patent staff attorney/associate with at least one year of experience in patent prosecution …

Argument in Aqua Products Hints that Federal Circuit May Change PTAB Amendment Practice

Overall, a significant number of the eleven judges present for argument hinted through their questioning that they thought the PTO’s rulemaking was problematic.... The PTO’s …
By Paul Margulies
1 month ago 0