Posts Tagged: patent office


Federal Circuit to consider reviewability of IPR institution decisions en banc

In a Per Curiam Order the Federal Circuit granted the petition for en banc rehearing and vacated the court’s three prior opinions in Wi-Fi One v. …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 3

Is there an inherent bias against patent owners at the PTAB?

Pedersen doesn’t disagree that the patent system is biased against the patent owner in that “the patent owner has to run the gauntlet,” referring to needing …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 5

Seven PTAB policy changes for the next USPTO director

The next Director of the Patent Office will have enormous power to turn things around. He or she can make the currently lopsided system fair to all …

NASA, AIPLA, IPO among those who oppose USPTO fee increases

According to the USPTO, the fee increases are designed to better cover the costs of the USPTO’s main patent operations as well as PTAB operations and …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

PTAB declares MRI machine an abstract idea, patent ineligible under Alice

In what can be described only as an utterly ridiculous, intellectually insulting, and idiotic decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 160

Patent and IP Wishes for 2017

First, I continue to wish for patent eligibility reform in Congress that would overrule Mayo, Myriad and Alice, although I am mindful of both how naive that …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 1

Patent and IP Wishes from K Street for 2017

Last year at this time, I wished for the passage of trade secrets legislation, resolution of the patent reform legislation stalemate in Congress, that the USPTO consider …
By Marla Grossman
3 months ago 23

The Four Consequential Patent Trends of 2016

Suffice it to say that 2016 has been an interesting year. The political climate is much different than one year ago amidst a growing tide of nationalism abroad …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 3

A Rollercoaster Year for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in 2016

The high water mark for the PTAB came in June 2016 when the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, which ruled …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 4

The Year in Patents: The Top 10 Patent Stories from 2016

To come up with the list below I’ve reviewed all of our patent articles, and have come up with these top 10 patent stories for 2016. They appear …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 7

PTO Director Needed – Swamp Resistance Desirable

If someone were there to speak for America that person would recognize the obvious. There is no historical evidence of any economy having a thriving innovation ecosystem …
By John White
3 months ago 30

PPH at the USPTO: Following the Patent Prosecution Highway for a Smooth Ride

If you qualify for participation in the PPH it makes great sense to attempt to get into the program. Not only will your application move from wherever …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 0

Curing the PTAB: How 3 Fixes Will Make a Better, Fairer Process

When the America Invents Act (AIA) was being formulated, from about 2005 – 2011, nothing was more subject to change bill-to-bill than the proposed “1st look” and “2nd look” procedures …
By John White
3 months ago 8

An Examiner’s Tips For Speedier Patent Prosecution

Interactions between patent examiners and patent practitioners are often tense. At worst, these interactions can be an exercise in restraint with both parties thinly veiling their disdain …
By Lauren Anderson & Ryan Cagle
3 months ago 33

House oversight subcommittee grills USPTO on patent examiner time and attendance abuse

“[Time and attendance abuse] may not be widespread, but the data established that claiming hours not worked is a problem at the [USPTO],” said David Smith, Acting …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 10