Posts Tagged: USPTO


Patent and IP Wishes from K Street for the New Year

If Gene (the “genie”) were to grant me patent and IP wishes for 2016, I would ask for (in no particular order) the passage of trade secrets legislation, …
By Marla Grossman 1 month ago 7

The Year in Patents: The Top 10 Patent Stories from 2015

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter in order move fresh into the …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 0

The USPTO Director can legally extend filing deadlines for emergencies

In retrospect, the proper thing for Director Lee to have done would have been to declare an emergency under the powers vested in her by 35 USC 21(a). …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 15

What Mattered in 2015: Insiders Reflect on Biggest Moments in IP

This year our panel of industry insiders is quite diverse, with commentary from Bob Stoll (Drinker Biddle), Ashley Keller (Gerchen Keller), Paul Morinville (US Inventor), Alden Abbot (…
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 8

USPTO experiences catastrophic failure of electronic patent and trademark systems

On December 22, 2015, at approximately 7:00 pm, the USPTO experienced a catastrophic failure of electronic information systems due to what is being called a major power outage at the …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 34

Napa Valley Vintners first wine group in US to receive certification mark registration

Earlier this month, Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), the nonprofit trade association that works to “promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation,” became the first wine group …
By Brian Focarino 2 months ago 2

Unconstitutional – CAFC Rules PTO Cannot Deny Registration for Disparaging Trademarks

Yesterday the Federal Circuit in an en banc decision held that the portion of Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act, which bars federal registration for trademarks that …
By Brian Focarino 2 months ago 4

The patent system will survive, but not thrive over the short term

Bruce Kisliuk: ''Those with more resources have some advantages in any litigation. That’s one reason a patent right is important, it can level that playing field …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 1

The Most Likely Art Units for Alice Rejections

While Alice rejections can be found all over the USPTO, roughly two-thirds of them are found in TC 3600. Only TC 2900 has not had any Alice rejections. Looking …
By James Cosgrove 2 months ago 10

Patents, a system that works – On the record with Bruce Kisliuk

Bruce Kisliuk: "I think over time that pendulum will swing back. I think the nature of the business is that it’s likely going to come by …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 12

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB Claim Construction in IPR

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) cancelled the claims of the patent, finding them anticipated or obvious over several references. The Board construed “is connected” to …

Bias in Both Directions: Patent Reform Should Protect Both Accused Infringers and Inventors

What’s stunning about this list is that almost nobody talks about reforming patent law to correct these biases! In general, the only biases that are socially …
By Kip Werking 2 months ago 8