Posts Tagged: patent office


Senate Judiciary Unanimously Approves Michelle Lee

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the nomination of Michelle Lee to serve as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 0

2015 Innovation Festival Calls for Exhibitor Applications

The 2015 Innovation Festival will be held on September 26th & 27th and will explore how today's inventors are creating the world of our future. In preparation for the …
By Renee Quinn 1 year ago 0

Hague Agreement on Designs goes into effect on May 13, 2015

The USPTO will soon publish the Final Rules governing processing and examination of international design applications filed pursuant to the Hague Agreement. The Agreement and the USPTO’…
By U.S.P.T.O. 1 year ago 3

PTO Should Release SAWS Numbers Given Impact on Examination Process

SAWS is not a minor agency-internal policy that has no impact on applicants. Accordingly, the agency should have gone through official rulemaking (e.g., notice-and-comment) processes. Currently, …
By Kate Gaudry 1 year ago 18

USPTO budget increases for FY 2016 despite reduced fee estimates

This latest budget increases the amount of money that will be available to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, although the amount specifically appropriated is less …

PTO releases abstract idea hypotheticals with examples of patent eligible claims

Earlier today the United States Patent and Trademark Office released the promised patent eligible subject matter examples, which together with the recently released guidance will give applicants, …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 17

Michelle Lee announces major patent quality initiative at Brookings event

She then pivoted to address the other side of the issue, which relates to issuing patents that should never have been issued in the first place. Lee …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 16

Patent eligibility forum discusses examiners application of Mayo, Myriad, Alice

Drew Hirshfeld, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, went over the highlights of the USPTO interim guidance, explaining “first, we were able to narrow the funnel that …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 3

Patent Pro Bono Program and Micro Entity Status

The Patent Pro Bono Program provides free legal assistance to inventors of modest means who are interested in securing patents to protect their inventions. The Program is …
By Kathleen Lynch 1 year ago 1

Form Over Substance: CAFC Kills Patent Due to Paralegal Mistake

Every once in a while you stumble across a situation where what is fair seems obvious. At those moments we are all too frequently reminded that we …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 6

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