Posts Tagged: patent office


Up close and personal with Russ Slifer

In this final segment we begin talking about something Slifer wanted specifically to address — Tony Scardino being named Acting Deputy Director. We then proceed to some of …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 3

How IPR Gang Tackling Distorts PTAB Statistics

If you are having trouble figuring out how Zond could have had 371 claims, lost all of them, but only 1,220 claims were instituted out of 1,377 claims challenged, you …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
5 months ago 5

Addressing potential IPR abuses and hardships on the patent owner

Russ Slifer: "And as you know by statute the Director is tasked with making the institution decision on an IPR but that’s been delegated to the …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 1

Federal Circuit OKs PTAB invalidating patent claims prior litigation confirmed as valid

Patent claims being adjudicated valid in federal district court and then being killed in an administrative proceeding at the PTAB is exactly the problem so many of …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 23

An Exclusive Interview with former USPTO Deputy Director Russ Slifer

As you will see from the transcript, nothing was out of bounds, although because of time we didn't get into everything. Slifer did agree to come back …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 5

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross interviews candidates for USPTO Director

Michelle Lee's days seem numbered at the Patent Office. According to credible sources, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has been interviewing perspective candidates for the position of Under …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 20

FOIA Request sent to USPTO seeking information on Regulatory Reform Task Force

Confused by USPTO stonewalling, I sent a FOIA request to the Office. Is it possible that the USPTO is not going to name a Regulatory Reform Officer? …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 3

It’s time to start eliminating regulations inhibiting patents

If you are not blinded by an agenda you must recognize that patents are linked to economic success, job growth and high wage jobs. If President Trump …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 27

Director Lee forms USPTO Working Group on Regulatory Reform

According to the announcement, the members of the USPTO Working Group will also make up the USPTO regulatory Reform Task Force... The names of the members of …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 2

How is the PTAB Handling Remands from the Federal Circuit? A Survey and Some Practical Takeaways

As of March 17, 2017, the Federal Circuit has remanded 23 post-grant proceedings back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for further consideration. But there are no rules …
By Jon Wright & Pauline Pelletier
5 months ago 1

Examining USPTO Business Method Patent Eligibility Examples

On December 15, 2016, the USPTO published three subject matter eligibility examples focusing on business method claims. The purpose of these examples is to give guidance on how claims …
By Kris Rhu & Paul Gurzo
5 months ago 1

PTAB denied institution of CBM against automotive feature consolidation patent under Unwired Planet standard

In a surprisingly restrained decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) released a decision denying institution of a covered business method (CBM) review proceeding on a …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

PTAB ends Kyle Bass IPRs targeting Acorda patents on Ampyra MS treatment with no findings of obviousness

A panel of administrative patent judges (APJs) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision ending a series of inter partes review (…
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 2

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the …
By Press Releases
5 months ago 0

Patent Office finally confirms Michelle Lee is Director of the USPTO

By letter dated March 10, 2017, the USPTO responded to Mr. Shuster's FOIA request by informing him that "Michelle K. Lee is the Director of the United States Patent …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 31