Posts Tagged: patent applications


Are fewer continuations the sign of a healthy patent system?

Hirshfeld explained to me that he is well aware of all of the portfolio reasons why continuations are very important, but the Office does really want to …
By Gene Quinn
6 days ago 39

Claimed and prior art ranges must have meaningful difference for nonobviousness

Patent claims can recite a numerical range and a patent can be awarded based on the novelty and nonobviousness of the claimed range. Normally, compositions are claimed …
By James Yang
10 days ago 3

Why Fewer Patent Applications are Being Filed

Over the next few years, the most interesting intellectual property trend to watch will be what happens with new patent applications. The number of utility patent applications …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
14 days ago 22

Protecting Automotive and Mobility Innovation in 2018

As autonomous vehicle and mobility technology continues to make headlines, federal legislation is making its way through Congress with the goal of removing government hurdles for the …
By Salvador Bezos
1 month ago 0

Reasonable Expectation of Success to the Rescue

In the last several months, lack of a reasonable expectation of success was a major factor in the reversal of two obviousness rulings by the Federal Circuit. …

Zuckerberg Announces Facebook Users will Determine Trustworthiness of News

On January 19th, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company would increase its efforts against “fake news” by asking its users to rate the …
By Benjamin Joe
2 months ago 6

Admissions as Prior Art in a Patent: What they are and why you need to avoid them

So what is an admission? A statement made during patent prosecution identifying the work of another as prior art is called an admission. Admissions can and will …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 11

A New Breed of Anti-Terrorism Security: Meet the Patented Pups Supporting the NYPD’s Anti-Terrorism

On the ground, the New York Police Department (NYPD) deployed a team of 14 Labrador retrievers trained to detect explosives worn on the bodies of people in the …
By Franco Galbo
3 months ago 3

Brazilian PTO Considers Automatically Granting 231,000 Patents to Get Rid of Backlog

The Brazilian Government is considering the adoption of an emergency measure to eliminate the Patent Office chronic backlog problem by automatically granting, without examination, 230,000 pending applications until 2020. …

Changes in Patent Language to Ensure Eligibility Under Alice

When a rule becomes a target, it ceases to be a good rule.  In the three years since the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice, there …
By Peter Glaser & William Gvoth
5 months ago 28

Patent Drafting: Proving You’re in Possession of the Invention

The purpose of the written description requirement is broader than to merely explain how to make and use the invention, which is the subject of the enablement …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 3

Open Prosecution as a Strategy to Counter IPRs Filed by Defendants

One of the most valuable benefits of Open Prosecution is when a patentee is forced to enforce a patent. If the patentee filed for a Continuation, it …
By Alec Schibanoff
6 months ago 10

Patent Drafting: Understanding the Enablement Requirement

The enablement requirement is specifically aimed at ensuring the claimed invention is described with sufficient detail so the relevant person of skill in the art or technology …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 13

Patent Drafting 101: Say What You Mean in a Patent Application

When drafting a patent application it is always the best policy to never assume anything. It is dangerous to assume that the reader will fill in any …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 1

A Revolutionary Approach to Obtaining Software Patents Without Appealing to the PTAB

Today’s environment demands an agile approach, one that involves substantial up-front planning, followed by continuously learning from both the client and the marketplace, using a strategy …