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Visual Prosthesis Innovation Receives U.S. Patent No. 8,000,000

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011 @ 1:30 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 10 comments
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USPTO Director David Kappos will present U.S. Pat. No. 8,000,000 at Sept. 8, 2011 ceremony at the Smithsonian.

Earlier today the Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued  U.S. Patent No. 8,000,000.  The 8 million patent was issued to Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., for a visual prosthesis apparatus that enhances visual perception for people who have gone blind due to outer retinal degeneration. The invention uses electrical stimulation of the retina to produce the visual perception of patterns of light. The product – the Argus® II – is currently in U.S. clinical trials and has received marketing approval in Europe.

The USPTO has known which patent would be No. 8,000,000 for at least three weeks, and the Office is planning for the occasion with a special ceremony to be held on September 8, 2011.   The USPTO notified Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. that it would receive U.S. Patent No. 8,000,000 via Issue Notification sent July 27, 2011.

Predicting the Future: When Will U.S. Patent 9,000,000 Issue?

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 @ 6:57 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 5 comments
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office is poised to issue U.S. Patent No. 8,000,000, which is scheduled to happen on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. See U.S. Patent Office Closing in on Patent No. 8,000,000.

A comment to the aforementioned article caught my attention and captured my imagination.  Mikk (@ comment 2) jested saying: “Very interesting, we can start bidding when we will see US Patent No. 9,000,000…” This got me to thinking — when exactly can we expect U.S. Patent 9,000,000 to issue?  Then my mind wandered to Office pools and I heard the immortal words of Fred Flintstone: “Bet, bet, bet, bet, bet….”  So I thought it might be a little fun to engage in some speculation.

So let the speculation begin on when U.S. Patent No. 9,000,000 will be issued!  I pick Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

It’s More Important Than Ever To Use Protection

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011 @ 1:55 pm | Written by Jeanne Albrecht | 4 comments
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Posted in: Business, Guest Contributors, IP News, Articles, Patents, Technology & Innovation

You hear a lot these days about the need to protect Intellectual Property and capture innovation, but you don’t hear much about the traditional expense involved. There’s a reason for that: given the constantly evolving, “wild west” nature of today’s technical frontier, it is often prohibitively expensive for the little guy to cover all the bases and keep up with all the changes. Small businesses have had few options for affordable, comprehensive preparedness on the IP front, and in the wake of the recession, you’re likely to hear a lot more about the need to cut legal spending than you are about performing more audits and hiring more lawyers.

Companies are beginning to tackle this paradox by practicing the word on the lips of everyone from David Kappos (Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO) to Robert L. Stoll (Commissioner for Patents, USPTO), to business leaders, to even President Obama – innovation.  But what good is innovation in and of itself?  The innovation our leaders want demands adequate protections in place to turn those promising innovations into business assets.

Top 10 Reasons Republicans Might Oppose the Patent Office

Posted: Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 @ 2:57 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 64 comments
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Earlier this week two key House Republican leaders, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), who is Chair of the House Committee on the Judiciary, was joined by Congressman Harold Rogers (R-KY), who is Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, wrote Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) explaining that they oppose provisions in House patent reform legislation H.R. 1249 that would allow the Patent and Trademark Office to keep and use the fees collected to run the agency.  See House Republicans Oppose an Adequately Funded Patent Office.  This is an extremely myopic and ill conceived notion.  The Patent Office is unlike other government agencies in that it is completely funded by user fees, takes absolutely no taxpayer funds and provides a valuable service for a fee.

Given that House Republicans seem to fear an adequately funded Patent Office I got to thinking — What could they be afraid of?  With that in mind, here are the top 10 things that House Republicans just might be afraid of as they seek to oppose an adequately funded Patent Office.  Can you hear the black helicopter squad swirling overhead, conspiracy theories in hand?  

USPTO and Sweden Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 12:57 pm | Written by U.S.P.T.O. | Comments Off
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Posted in: International, IP News, Articles, Patent Cooperation Treaty, Patents, USPTO

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) based on Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products (PCT-PPH pilot program). PPH will permit each office to benefit from the PCT work previously done by the other office, which reduces the examination workload and improves patent quality. The expedited examination in each office allows applicants to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently in each country. The PCT-PPH program will use international written opinions and international preliminary examination reports developed within the framework of the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

PTO Announces U.S. Government-Wide IP Training Database

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:59 am | Written by U.S.P.T.O. | Comments Off
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in cooperation with the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), today announced the launch of a new online database where U.S. government agencies are now posting information about the intellectual property rights (IPR) training programs they conduct around the world.

The Global Intellectual Property Education: Training Program Database was a product of the 2010 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. The Strategic Plan called for the creation of a central database in which agencies that conduct international intellectual property enforcement training could deposit training materials to promote greater coordination and avoid duplication of resources.

United States to Commemorate World Intellectual Property Day

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 @ 3:15 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | Comments Off
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Secretary Gary Locke

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will belatedly commemorate World Intellectual Property Day on Thursday, May 5, 2011, in a ceremony at the Rayburn House Office Building in the House Judiciary Committee hearing room.  The event will take place starting at 4:00 pm.  Secretary Locke’s remarks will begin at approximately 4:10 pm, and he is expected to highlight the importance of intellectual property protection and enforcement to the U.S. economy, celebrating the 11th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day.  World Intellectual Property Day is April 26, 2011, each year.  For more on the worldwide celebration of World Intellectual Property Day this year see Ranting on Congress: Not a Happy World IP Day in the US.

An Interview with Manny Schecter, IBM Chief Patent Counsel

Posted: Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 @ 6:33 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 1 Comment »
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Manny W. Schecter, Chief Patent Counsel, IBM Corporation

On April 4, 2011, I had the honor to interview Manny Schecter, the Chief Patent Counsel for IBM Corporation.  I met Manny in October 2010 when I did a CLE presentation at IBM’s offices in Armonk, New York.  Since that time I have worked to schedule a time to chat with him on the record, and we were recently able to coordinate and chatted on the record for approximately 60 minutes.  During our conversation we talked about numerous topics, including patent reform, Microsoft v. i4i, Patent Office initiatives such as the Three Track initiative and Peer to Patent.  We also discussed David Kappos, his former boss, as well as Watson’s Jeopardy triumph, the new Intellectual Property @ IBM blog and the usual fun questions.

We started the interview diving straight into patent reform.  In the fast moving and shifting landscape of patent reform it is worth noting that the most recent amendments to the House version of patent reform had not been discussed or voted on when our interview took place, so for those who have been hanging on every twist and turn you will notice that the House Judiciary Committee vote on patent reform was not a topic of discussion because it had not yet happened.