Posts Tagged: patent office


USPTO issues 101 guidance limiting examiner ability to merely conclude elements are well-known, convention or routine

The Notice is significant because in a 101 rejection, an examiner cannot simply assume that elements or a combination are "well understood, routine or conventional." Examiners will be …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 22

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
3 months ago 39

USPTO Director Iancu Makes Surprise Appearance at Inventor Conference

"We are focused on delivering reliable and predictable IP rights," Director Iancu told the Inventor Group Presidents gathered at the Patent Office as he addressed them to …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 16

Director Iancu speaks of Wright Brothers as champions of innovation, not villains

Here is what Director Iancu had to say about the Wright Brothers: "At my swearing-in, I remarked that through the doors of the U.S. Patent and …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 13

Iancu: ‘We will not continue down the same path’

“We are at an inflection point with respect to the patent system itself. As a nation we cannot continue down the same path if we want to …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 20

Camp Invention Sparks Students’ Interest to Explore STEM

Camp Invention® introduces young innovators to invention and innovation in a way that makes them relatable and fun. In the new 2018 program, campers will design a vehicle …
By Press Releases
3 months ago 0

Disbarred Patent Attorney Michael I. Kroll Still Practicing, No Comment from PTO

Despite being excluded from the practice of patent law before the USPTO, Kroll is openly continuing his practice. His website Invention.net is still up and running, …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 12

USPTO Withdrawals Support for Telebrands at CAFC, Actively Considering PTAB Practice

Director Iancu is known to be engaging in something that might be called a listening tour, speaking with various interested parties and groups as he attempts to …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 8

Mohawk Tribe wins stay from Federal Circuit in sovereign immunity fight

The Federal Circuit issued an Order staying further proceedings at the PTAB relating to the RESTASIS patents now owned by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. The stay …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 4

Alappat 101: Why the Federal Circuit has not authorized the PTAB practice of panel stacking

Those pointing to Alappat to support modern PTAB panel stacking are, however, grossly misstating the nature of the decision in Alappat, and ignoring the fundamental shift in …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 11

USPTO to Clarify Guidance on Written Description of Antibodies

The memorandum points to Amgen for stating that the “newly characterized antigen” test could not stand because it contradicted the quid pro quo of the patent system …

PTAB Phantom Expanded Panels Erode Public Confidence and Essential Fairness

If this practice of phantom expanded panels, with APJs not identified on the record or to the parties, is legal then IPR panel assignments are nothing more …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 41

Federal Circuit Decisions Breathe New Life Into Alice Responses by Patent Prosecutors

While most commentary to date has focused on the implications for litigation, two recent Federal Circuit decisions have promising implications for patent prosecutors struggling to overcome conclusory …

Mohawk Tribe Ready to Battle over Ex Parte Communications between PTAB Judges

Attorneys for the Mohawk tribe have notified the USPTO that ex parte communications between an APJ assigned to the IPRs and an APJ not assigned to the …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 107

A Google Opponent Actually Wins an IPR Battle with the Tech Giant

On February 22, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a non-precedential decision in Google, LLC v. At Home Bondholders’ Liquidating Trust (2016-2727, 2016-2729). …
By John M. Rogitz
4 months ago 0

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