Posts Tagged: patent examiners


Statement by USPTO on Alleged Patent Examiner Time and Attendance Abuse

In a statement released late afternoon on Thursday, USPTO Chief Communications Office Todd Elmer explained that the USPTO "takes very seriously even one incidence of time and …
13 days ago 3

USPTO pays patent examiner for 730 hours fraudulently not worked

According to the IG report, “Examiner A committed at least 730 hours of time and attendance abuse, resulting in the payment of approximately $25,500 for hours not worked in …
13 days ago 12

Biased Report Chastises USPTO for Insufficient Quality Control

A fair treatment of the issue of patent quality would have necessarily considered those applicants that were wrongfully denied, as well as the extraordinary wait one must …
5 months ago 25

The Unforeseen Impact of Alice

The fact is, patent examiners are struggling with the application of 35 USC 101 in light of the Alice decision just as much as everyone else. Greater uncertainty among …
5 months ago 59

Post-Alice, Allowances are a Rare Sighting in Business-Method Art Units

Since the Alice Corp. decision, rejections under 35 U.S.C. 101 have become substantially more common in business-method art units, and notices of allowance have become substantially more …
9 months ago 4

High Value Patents – Where Strength Meets Quality

The terms patent strength and patent quality get used frequently within the industry, but what do they really mean? To a large extent the meaning of the …
9 months ago 6

USPTO Retention Efforts – Tuition Reimbursement Returns but No Loan Repyament

Paying for tuition is an excellent way to keep dedicated, talented employees while they continue to obtain training that will help them fulfill their duties at the …
1 year ago 3

Examiners Begin Issuing Alice Rejections for Software

He says he has seen the below form paragraph twice within a week. Most alarming, in one case the form paragraph came in the form of a …
1 year ago 26

Sideways and Backwards: A Broken Patent Process

When reading patents it is not at all unusual for a patent to be issued a number of years after the original patent application was filed, but …
1 year ago 31

Examiner Statistics: Insight into Prosecution Strategies

There is no way to know for sure whether the applicant could have achieved an allowance had they hung in, but it would have been helpful to …
2 years ago 2

USPTO Modifies After Final Amendment Pilot Program

Last week the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced in the Federal Register that it would modified the After Final Consideration Pilot Program (AFCP) to …
2 years ago 2

Patent Statistics and SPEs: Looking Beyond PAIR Data

I wrote something incorrect about SPE Len Tran and for that I apologize to him and to the USPTO and to readers who were lead astray. The …
2 years ago 8