Posts Tagged: patent office


Next PTO Director must have management experience, patent savvy, and leadership skills

The future of America's innovation economy hangs in the balance. It is time for the patent community to call on the Administration to select someone with the …
By Judge Paul Michel
11 months ago 6

Next head of the USPTO should believe patents are property rights and not public rights

An ideal candidate for the next head of the USPTO would be someone who understands that patents are property not public rights, that issued patents are valid …
By John Calvert & Warren Tuttle
11 months ago 11

Meet Joe Matal: A profile of USPTO interim director Joseph Matal

Inside the beltway Matal is a well known entity, having served as a Staffer in the Senate and responsible for ushering the America Invents Act (AIA) through …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 35

Industry Reaction to the Resignation of USPTO Director Michelle Lee

The legacy of Michelle Lee will be extremely complicated. She has been loved by those in the tech community most associated with using patented technologies (i.e., …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 28

Associate Solicitor Joe Matal named Acting Director of the USPTO

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has named U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal to perform the functions and duties of …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 18

USPTO Director Michelle Lee Resigns

Michelle Lee sent an e-mail to employees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) notifying recipients that she had submitted a letter of resignation. There …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 38

Is Trump being bamboozled by Obama holdovers on patent policy?

The USPTO’s Obama holdovers Michelle Lee and Tony Scardino are simply co-opting the exact language used in Obama's budgets for fiscal years 2015 to 2017 into Trump’s 2018 …
By Paul Morinville
11 months ago 21

USPTO response to FOIA confirms there are no Rules of Judicial Conduct for PTAB Judges

The website link provided by the USPTO contains no rules of judicial conduct or codes of judicial conduct, which means that the USPTO has indirectly confirmed that …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 11

Is there a Tide-Change in the Prospects of Patenting Business Method Innovations?

In the years after the Alice decision, it had seemed as though examiners in the business method art units felt as though their hands were tied with …
By Kate Gaudry
11 months ago 8

PTAB Procedural Reforms are Necessary to Restore Balance and Due Process

Under the current PTAB system, irreparable harm is occurring to patent holders. Conversely, virtually no harm will be done to petitioners by putting on the brakes. Charging …

USPTO gets $3.6 billion in President’s FY 2018 budget, avoids fee diversion

Under President Trump's FY 2018 budget the USPTO will receive $3,586,193,000 from fees collected and to be available until expended. This appropriation would result in $0 being provided to the …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 10

SCOTUS to hear SAS Institute v. Lee, could impact estoppel effect of IPR proceedings

The nation’s highest court will once again address issues surrounding the controversial Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (…
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 15

The importance of reviewing statistics within an individual art unit

We collected statistics on recent activity within Art Unit 1655, which covers drug, bio-affecting and body treating compositions. Overall, this Art Unit has an allowance rate of 54.3%, meaning …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 2

En Banc Federal Circuit Dodges PTAB Constitutionality

Patlex, which dealt with reexamination of applications by an examiner — not by an Article I tribunal — could be considered a next step beyond McCormick. MCM, however, simply …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 38

America’s Patent System: Mediocre and stabilized in a terrible space

“The results from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board reflect the procedures it applies, and in my judgment the procedures are wildly off base,” Judge Michel explained... “…
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 37