Posts Tagged: patent office


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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago 10

Patently Surreal: The Obama Strategic Plan on IP Enforcement

It is almost impossible to believe this report is the work product of the Obama Administration. The section on patents, which begins on page 134, reads like a …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 29

PTAB institutes Mylan IPR challenges on Allergan patents for RESTASIS

Last week the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) instituted six separate inter partes reviews (IPRs) against patents …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 1

Argument in Aqua Products Hints that Federal Circuit May Change PTAB Amendment Practice

Overall, a significant number of the eleven judges present for argument hinted through their questioning that they thought the PTO’s rulemaking was problematic.... The PTO’s …
By Paul Margulies
8 months ago 0

A Patent Year in Review: Looking back on 2016, Forecasting for 2017

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter on 2016 and to look ahead toward 2017. …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 1

Videos as a Printed Publication in Inter Partes Review

In a handful of IPRs, the Petitioner has relied on a video, and asserted that the video constitutes a printed publication... One factor raised in these cases …
By Michael K. O’Neill
9 months ago 1

Regime Change – USPTO

The PTO then drifted towards being a very user unfriendly operation that has become a center of suspicion and cynicism. I do not think Director Lee necessarily …
By John White
9 months ago 20

Federal Circuit Vacates PTAB Decision Applying Incorrect Definition for CBM Patents

Claimed methods incidental or complimentary to financial services are not necessarily reviewable as CBM patents. The claims as they were written must be directed to methods and …