Posts Tagged: constitution


En Banc Federal Circuit Dodges PTAB Constitutionality

Patlex, which dealt with reexamination of applications by an examiner — not by an Article I tribunal — could be considered a next step beyond McCormick. MCM, however, simply …
By Gene Quinn
10 days ago 38

Fundamental incongruities of PTAB operations affect the integrity of the patent system

For more than two centuries, the U.S. Constitution, black letter law and precedent construed a patent as a property right. This is important because it is …

UFRF’s win on Eleventh Amendment at PTAB creates IPR immunity for public universities

Each of the Covidien IPRs challenged the validity of a single patent owned by the University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) which the university had previously asserted …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 6

Conservative Ideology Will Rebuild the Patent System

Congress sent H.R. 5, the House-passed Regulatory Accountability Separation of Powers Restoration Act, to the Senate's Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee on January 12, 2017. When enacted it will …
By Robert P. Greenspoon
4 months ago 18

A Slanted View of Scandalous and Disparaging Trademarks

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument in Lee v. Tam for January 18... The genesis of the case is a Portland, Oregon all-Asian-American band called The Slants, …
By Esther Sirotnik
4 months ago 0

Have U.S. Patent Laws Become Unconstitutional?

As more reports come out that patent filings for individuals and small businesses are down and a general recognition that real innovation does not come from large …
By Adam Ullman
7 months ago 51

SCOTUS takes case on disparaging trademark case involving Asian-American band The Slants

The USPTO, through its Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), denied a standard character mark for “The Slants” to be used with live music performance entertainment on …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 6

Constitutional and Economic Policy Problems Raised by Inter Partes Review (IPR) Suggest Congress Should Consider Acting

If Congress, nevertheless, is unmoved by the constitutional arguments for reforming the IPR process, it should weigh the strong economic policy arguments supporting IPR reform, which are …
By Alden Abbott
8 months ago 10

America’s Need For Strong Intellectual Property Protection

It is also important to recognize that the social, political and economic impact of strong protections for intellectual property cannot be overstated. In the social context, the …
By Robert J. Rando
10 months ago 6

Cooper and MCM—Beyond the Constitutionality of Article I Final Adjudication, an Opportunity for the Court to Clarify Stern?

Cooper and MCM have submitted Petitions for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States, asking it to consider the constitutionality of Article I …
By Michael I. Rothwell
11 months ago 3

Musk fanboys at Barron’s take dim view of patents at their own readers’ expense

A recent Barron's editorial, however, has raised some eyebrows among those who are familiar with the effect of proper patent enforcement on financial fortunes. Published May 14th, “…
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
12 months ago 19

Inventors, Startups and Investors Amicus Challenges Constitutionality of IPR

Amici agree with Petitioner that this procedure was beyond Congress’s power to impose, and its underpinning rationale—that patents are a matter of administrative largesse, rather …
By Paul Morinville
12 months ago 9

NYIPLA Urges SCOTUS to Clarify Constitutionality of PTAB Proceedings in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co.

This case presents an important constitutional question which the court below decided based on an incomplete analysis of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence. In the case below, …

What is a patent and where do patent rights come from?

A patent is a proprietary right granted by the Federal government pursuant to laws passed by Congress. The Congressional power to authorize patents is found in Article …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 2

SCOTUS asked to consider constitutional challenge to post grant patent proceedings

The question presented in the petition for certiorari in Cooper v. Lee is whether 35 U.S.C. §318(b) violates Article III of the United States Constitution, to …