Posts Tagged: patent office


Post-Alice, Allowances are a Rare Sighting in Business-Method Art Units

Since the Alice Corp. decision, rejections under 35 U.S.C. 101 have become substantially more common in business-method art units, and notices of allowance have become substantially more …
By Kate Gaudry 1 year ago 4

USPTO Releases Patent Eligibility Guidance

The USPTO guidance, which in large part is reminiscent of the KSR Guidelines put out by the Office in 2010, goes through cases one by one. The USPTO …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 12

Secret Examination Procedures at the USPTO: My Experience with SAWS

The patent examiner stated that, when he had tried to allow the patent application, the USPTO system returned a thread – “SAWS case – cannot be allowed.” The application …
By Devon Rolf 1 year ago 62

Lee Confirmation Hearing Dominated by Talk of Patent Reform and Patent Trolls

The issue of patent reform and patent trolls would go on to dominate the confirmation hearing. At one point during his questioning of Lee, Senator Dick Durbin (…
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 14

12 Questions the Senate Should Ask Michelle Lee

This will be the first time that Lee has had a confirmation hearing. The timing suggests that the Obama Administration and Senator Reid think that they can …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 26

USPTO to Hold Crowdsourcing Roundtable on December 2, 2014

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be conducting a roundtable on December 2, 2014 to solicit public opinions concerning the USPTO’s use of crowdsourcing to …
By U.S.P.T.O. 1 year ago 0

Former Google Executive Nominated as PTO Director

Immediately prior to becoming Director of the un-opened Silicon Valley Patent Office, from 2003 to 2012, Lee was the Deputy General Counsel and Head of Patents and Patent Strategy …
By Gene Quinn 2 years ago 13

USPTO and the State Intellectual Property Office of China Launch Direct Electronic Priority Document Exchange

The new service will allow the USPTO and the SIPO, with appropriate permissions, to obtain electronic copies of priority documents filed with the other office from its …
By U.S.P.T.O. 2 years ago 1

USPTO and KIPO Announce Expansion of the Cooperative Patent Classification System

The latest cooperation between KIPO and the USPTO also achieves the goal of KIPO classifying its patent collection in of the Cooperative Patent Classification system ahead of …
By U.S.P.T.O. 2 years ago 0

Enter the Sandman: USPTO Unhittable in Reciprocal Discipline Proceedings

Mariano Rivera knows something about perfection. The New York Yankees now-retired pitcher is regarded by many experts as the greatest closer in the history of major league …

USPTO Considering Changes to PTAB Rules

At the end of July, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) hosted a press conference to discuss ongoing progress with patent trials which have been or …
By Steve Brachmann 2 years ago 0

How to Protect Your Patent from Post Grant Proceedings

Patent owners must modify their strategies during prosecution to make their patents and portfolios less susceptible to post grant challenges. This strategy must take into account the …
By Gene Quinn 2 years ago 15

Game of Patent Thrones

Although the current administration talks the talk of promoting invention and innovation, they are influenced by special interests that have negative views regarding patents and the patent …
By Sue D. Nym 2 years ago 14

USPTO Launches Redesigned KIDS! Web Pages

The USPTO announced the launch of its newly redesigned KIDS! Web pages aimed to encourage students of all ages to learn about the importance of intellectual property (…
By U.S.P.T.O. 2 years ago 0

USPTO to Host AIA Roadshow in Seven Cities Nationwide

The USPTO specifically wants to broaden public knowledge of the FITF provisions and assist understanding of the provision’s administrative processes to aid inventors and their representatives …
By U.S.P.T.O. 2 years ago 1