Posts Tagged: patent office


PTO Seeks Comments on Crowdsourcing Prior Art

Last week the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced that they will be holding a roundtable event on April 10, 2014, to discuss President Obama's desire to find …
1 year ago 7

When USPTO Classifies an Application Incorrectly

This case had been made Special on the Patent Prosecution Highway in October of 2013 because of a favorable Written Opinion from a PCT Searching Authority. For a …
1 year ago 3

USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidelines: A Topsy Turvy Approach for Natural Products

The view of the USPTO now is that a claim to purified amazonic acid is not patent-eligible because there is no structural difference between the purified acid …
1 year ago 3

USPTO to Host First-Inventor-to-File Anniversary Forum

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host a public forum to discuss the first-inventor-to-file (…
2 years ago 0

White House Announces Patent Related Executive Action

Currently the President is under fire for Executive Actions, which is something that he railed against when he was Presidential Candidate Obama in 2008, but increasingly embraces. The …
2 years ago 23

USPTO 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the USPTO’s draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years (FY) 2014…
2 years ago 0

Everything You Need to Know About the Patent Bar Exam

In recent years the registration exam to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office has undergone significant change... There will be yet another update to …
2 years ago 10

Acting Director Teresa Rea Leaves the USPTO

Now the wait continues for the announcement of a new Director, which could come at any time. I have been hearing rumors about who it may be, …
2 years ago 2

Senate Confirms Raymond Chen to Federal Circuit

While in the Solicitor's Office at the USPTO Chen's notable Federal Circuit arguments included In re Bilski, In re Nuijten, and In re Comiskey. While I disagreed …
2 years ago 1

Sequestration Politics Places USPTO Satellite Offices on Hold

With sequestration finally cutting the Republicans don't seem to be in any rush whatsoever, so the Patent Office which really should be exempt is caught in the …
2 years ago 0

Patent Turmoil: Navigating the Software Patent Quagmire

Despite the turmoil surround software patent eligibility I believe with great certainty that software will remain patent eligible in the United States. The extreme decisions of the …
2 years ago 39

Peter Pappas, USPTO Chief of Staff, Leaving the Office

While perhaps not widely known by patent attorneys in the day-to-day trenches, Pappas is well known both at the Patent Office and in Washington, DC more broadly. …
2 years ago 3