Posts Tagged: patent office


Cash strapped USPTO, failed fee increase and political shenanigans

But why is the USPTO in such a fee crisis? Because they have strayed from their mission, which is to issue patents. Far too many Art Units …
By Paul Morinville
4 months ago 55

Citing ‘unusual circumstances’ PTO delays responding to FOIA request on status of Michelle Lee

According to these regulations cited by the USPTO, an extension is warranted in "unusual circumstances" where there is a "need for consultation... with another Federal agency having …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 187

Michelle Lee seems to be USPTO Director, but Commerce Department Declines Comment

Michelle Lee seems to still be Director. She is signing patents and Federal Register Notices, but both Commerce and USPTO decline comment on her status... Presumably at …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 15

CRISPR patent interference ended by USPTO because parties’ claims do not interfere

The PTAB concluded: "Based on our determination that the preponderance of the evidence shows there is no interference-in-fact between the parties’ claims, we need not decide the …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 3

Michelle Lee continues to sign issued patents, possible larger Administration role suggested

According to an update given by Issa to Politico, Lee has been held over by the Trump Administration and she might be in line for some Administration …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 24

Understanding the ADS: Little Things Make a Big Difference

The USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar series continues on Feb. 14 from noon-1 p.m. ET as we discuss Understanding the ADS: Little Things Make a Big …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 0

With Agency Accountability Act Congress moves to divert agency fees, but not Patent Office fees

The United States Patent and Trademark Office would be exempt from turning over its collected fees to the Treasury. The USPTO, however, would be required no later …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 0

Patent Reform 2017: Changes coming from the Judiciary, Legislative and Executive Branches

While calls for widespread patent reform are not as loud as they have been in previous years, 2017 is shaping up to be a year where we may …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 62

Examining Examiners: The Top and Bottom 10 of TC 2800

From all cases filed in the last 10 years, we filtered for all final dispositions in all of 2015 and 2016. Taking this data, we examine TC-2800 at three levels …
By Ed Flinchem
5 months ago 15

Provenance of U.S. patents in question as they continue to carry signature of Michelle Lee

Sources tell me that the USPTO was prepared last week to issue patents with the signature of Drew Hirshfeld, who is the Commissioner of Patents and seems …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 20

Michelle Lee’s views on patent quality out of touch with reality facing patent applicants

In the piece, Lee tries her best to assure readers that positive developments have been made at the USPTO in recent years, but at multiple points she …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 40

PTAB refuses to institute harassing IPR challenges against Finjan

Recently the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied institution in two separate inter partes review (IPR) challenges. …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 11

Patent Office still not commenting on Michelle Lee or whether agency now has an Acting Director

Sally Yates proves in a very public way why it is a mistake to allow political appointees from the Obama Administration to be held over. But for …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 31

Alice on Dulany Street: How the PTAB handles 101 in ex parte appeals

In many of the decisions, the examiners and appellants had an opportunity to make arguments based on Alice before the PTAB reached a decision. Yet, the outlook …
By Eli Mazour & James Bennin
5 months ago 3

The Disintegration of the American Patent System

The American patent system represents a delicate balance. On the one hand, the patent system provides an incentive to invest in risky technical problem solving by giving …
By Neal Solomon
5 months ago 59