Posts Tagged: patent office


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 …
By U.S.P.T.O. 6 months 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 …
By Gene Quinn 6 months ago 14

Overview of USPTO proposed rule changes to practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

USPTO proposed rule changes would amend the existing rules relating to trial practice for inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), the transitional program for covered business …
By Gene Quinn 6 months ago 6

Are Business Method Patents Dead? It Depends on Who’s Applying for Them

Business method patents are still being granted after Alice, but are being granted at lower rates than before, and some assignees are better at obtaining them than …
By James Cosgrove 6 months ago 5

Deputy Commissioner Drew Hirshfeld Appointed as New Commissioner for Patents

Hirshfeld succeeds Margaret “Peggy” Focarino, who served at the USPTO for 38 years and retired in early July 2015. While there were many highly qualified applicants for the Office …
By Gene Quinn 6 months ago 0

Will the Obama Administration continue to seek amendments to the Innovation Act?

As patent reform keeps chugging along in Washington, an important briefing was held on Thursday, July 23rd, between members and staff of the U.S. House of …
By Steve Brachmann 6 months ago 14

Thoughts on Ex parte Khvorova

Ex parte Khvorova is the first PTAB decision on patent eligibility in the life sciences. Until now, the PTAB has been remarkably silent on eligibility in life …
By Sue D. Nym 7 months ago 9

10 Years Later – A Look at the Efficacy of the Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Program

For 61% of the non-defective requests, the panel decided that there was an actual issue for appeal, such that the applicant would either need to file an Appeal …

The Problematical IPR Proceedings of the AIA: BRI, Reviewability, Constitutionality

In three related decisions (most recently including a denial of rehearing en banc by a badly divided 6-5 decision issued concurrently with reissuance of the earlier panel …
By Eric Guttag 7 months ago 17

Paternal Justice: A Bill Cosby Approach to Patents by the PTO

Bill Cosby quipped 'I brought you in this world, and I can take you out.' The Patent Office makes similar arguments in court defending inter partes …
By Robert P. Greenspoon 7 months ago 24

Trends in Subject Matter Eligibility for Biotechnology Inventions

The USPTO continues to issue patents related to biotechnology and organic chemistry inventions despite the Supreme Court rulings and USPTO guidelines implementing the ruling related to the …
By Gaudry, Grab & McKeon 7 months ago 1

Why it is unnecessary to open the patent system

Chien argues that it is impossible for someone to donate their technology without fearing that another will get a patent on it and defeat the well-meaning donation …
By Gene Quinn 7 months ago 59