Posts Tagged: patent office


Michelle Lee continues to sign issued patents, possible larger Administration role suggested

According to an update given by Issa to Politico, Lee has been held over by the Trump Administration and she might be in line for some Administration …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 24

Understanding the ADS: Little Things Make a Big Difference

The USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar series continues on Feb. 14 from noon-1 p.m. ET as we discuss Understanding the ADS: Little Things Make a Big …

With Agency Accountability Act Congress moves to divert agency fees, but not Patent Office fees

The United States Patent and Trademark Office would be exempt from turning over its collected fees to the Treasury. The USPTO, however, would be required no later …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 0

Patent Reform 2017: Changes coming from the Judiciary, Legislative and Executive Branches

While calls for widespread patent reform are not as loud as they have been in previous years, 2017 is shaping up to be a year where we may …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 62

Examining Examiners: The Top and Bottom 10 of TC 2800

From all cases filed in the last 10 years, we filtered for all final dispositions in all of 2015 and 2016. Taking this data, we examine TC-2800 at three levels …
By Ed Flinchem
9 months ago 15

Provenance of U.S. patents in question as they continue to carry signature of Michelle Lee

Sources tell me that the USPTO was prepared last week to issue patents with the signature of Drew Hirshfeld, who is the Commissioner of Patents and seems …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 20

Michelle Lee’s views on patent quality out of touch with reality facing patent applicants

In the piece, Lee tries her best to assure readers that positive developments have been made at the USPTO in recent years, but at multiple points she …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
9 months ago 40

PTAB refuses to institute harassing IPR challenges against Finjan

Recently the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied institution in two separate inter partes review (IPR) challenges. …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 11

Patent Office still not commenting on Michelle Lee or whether agency now has an Acting Director

Sally Yates proves in a very public way why it is a mistake to allow political appointees from the Obama Administration to be held over. But for …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 31

Alice on Dulany Street: How the PTAB handles 101 in ex parte appeals

In many of the decisions, the examiners and appellants had an opportunity to make arguments based on Alice before the PTAB reached a decision. Yet, the outlook …
By Eli Mazour & James Bennin
9 months ago 3

The Disintegration of the American Patent System

The American patent system represents a delicate balance. On the one hand, the patent system provides an incentive to invest in risky technical problem solving by giving …
By Neal Solomon
9 months ago 59

The Uncertain Status of Michelle Lee Wounds the Patent System, Causes Political Anxiety

Going to DEFCON 1 has no doubt begun, and will only continue, as those who are opposed to Lee staying continue to publicly explain why she must go. …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 51

Cruel and Unusual: Rumors swirl, still no answer on PTO Director

Fresh rumors surfaced late last night, however, suggesting that Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld is currently Acting Director of the USPTO. Two independent sources also told us …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
9 months ago 21

The Bottom Line on Trump’s PTO: Michelle Lee Must Go

One thing you learn early on in the Conservative Movement is the maxim, Personnel Is Policy. For a new administration pledged to turn the ship of state …
By James Edwards
9 months ago 17

Validity of bottle cap patent upheld in IPR thanks to market success in Peru

The patent owner made a successful argument regarding secondary considerations, specifically relating to the success of the bottle cap in the country of Peru, which led in …
By Steve Brachmann
9 months ago 0