Posts Tagged: Michelle Lee


The Year in Patents: The Top 10 Patent Stories from 2017

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter of 2017 in order move fresh into …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 14

PTAB invalidates targeted advertising patents, preserving billions in Google ad revenue

It is no secret that the fortunes of Mountain View, CA-based tech conglomerate Alphabet Inc. are largely based upon the advertising revenues accrued through its subsidiary Google …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
5 months ago 12

CAFC affirms invalidity of geographic map visualization patent asserted against Google Earth

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit entered a non-precedential decision in Art+Com Innovation Pool GmbH v. Google LLC, which affirmed a lower court’s …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 10

USPTO admits to stacking PTAB panels to achieve desired outcomes

The USPTO admits that the Director does not have statutory authority to adjudicate an issue after a panel has been chosen, but argues that the Director can …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 60

Industry Reaction to the Resignation of USPTO Director Michelle Lee

The legacy of Michelle Lee will be extremely complicated. She has been loved by those in the tech community most associated with using patented technologies (i.e., …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 28

Associate Solicitor Joe Matal named Acting Director of the USPTO

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has named U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal to perform the functions and duties of …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 18

USPTO Director Michelle Lee Resigns

Michelle Lee sent an e-mail to employees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) notifying recipients that she had submitted a letter of resignation. There …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 38

Is Trump being bamboozled by Obama holdovers on patent policy?

The USPTO’s Obama holdovers Michelle Lee and Tony Scardino are simply co-opting the exact language used in Obama's budgets for fiscal years 2015 to 2017 into Trump’s 2018 …
By Paul Morinville
11 months ago 21

SCOTUS to hear SAS Institute v. Lee, could impact estoppel effect of IPR proceedings

The nation’s highest court will once again address issues surrounding the controversial Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (…
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 15

USPTO diverting fees internally to subsidize PTAB trials

In prepared remarks Director Lee said the Office must significantly raise Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) fees in order for the PTAB to be self-sustaining on …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 50

Make Ohlhausen the FTC Chairman

One of the most straightforward steps President Trump can take to steer the ship of state on its new course is to put good people in place …
By James Edwards
12 months ago 0

Status of USPTO Regulatory Reform Task Force Uncertain

What I do know is that the Department of Commerce has created a Regulatory Reform Task Force and that the USPTO will participate on that Commerce Department …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 14

Studying IPRs Not Enough, PTAB must be Repaired, Replaced or Repealed by Congress

Inter Partes Review (IPR) is viewed by many as late-stage destruction of fully developed early-stage investor ROI in patented property. The Lee study will presumably weigh the …
By Chris Gallagher
1 year ago 23

Michelle Lee launches PTAB initiative to ‘shape and improve’ IPR proceedings

The timing of the announcement is curious given that Michelle Lee’s days seem numbered as Director of the Office. As first reported on IPWatchdog.com, Commerce …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 13

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross interviews candidates for USPTO Director

Michelle Lee's days seem numbered at the Patent Office. According to credible sources, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has been interviewing perspective candidates for the position of Under …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 20