Posts Tagged: USPTO


How Drone Disabling Patents Change Everything

The proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly referred to as drones, has cluttered airspaces all over the world in a precarious way. Security and privacy …
By William Cory Spence 27 days ago 3

The PTAB at the Supreme Court – and the Federal Circuit’s Response

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee on April 25, 2016, with a decision expected sometime before the end of June... […

Paul Ryan, Fee Diversion and Presidential Politics

This extra attention on Wisconsin, coupled with Paul Ryan being the dream candidate for those who favor an open Republican Convention, provides us with a somewhat manufactured, …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn 29 days ago 3

USPTO Director Michelle Lee delivers pro-patent speech at MIT

This speech by Director Lee is exceptionally important for two reasons. First, the strong and explicit recognition that abuse can and does happen on both sides of …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 36

More Applicants Should Use the First Action Interview Program

The First Action interview (FAI) program affords applicants a no-fee opportunity to speak with examiners early during prosecution, before the examiner has invested the time to prepare …

What is the point of examination if patents are not presumed valid?

If you get a patent that won’t make anyone any money, including yourself, the government seems perfectly willing to presume that your worthless patent is valid. …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 74

How the AIA requires the USPTO to be a patent system arms dealer

Not only does the Patent Office handsomely charge for the acquisition and maintenance of a patent, they also handsomely charges for the right to challenge those patents …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 35

The Blame Game: Why hasn’t the Patent Office done anything about low quality patents?

The PTAB is instituting 80% of inter partes review (IPR) petitions, which can only be interpreted as clear evidence of the extraordinarily low quality of patent examination at …
By Gene Quinn 1 month ago 68

Merrick Garland’s deference to federal agencies should be concerning to patent owners

Given the fact that the IPR processes at PTAB have been worrisome for many patent owners, the possibility that Merrick Garland would continue his longstanding deference towards …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 2

Reducing amorphous Alice-based abstract idea rejections with a better approach to examples

As we await the next Update from the Patent Office on subject matter eligibility, it may be worthwhile to consider further the role of examples given in …
By Louis Hoffman 1 month ago 7

Mandamus sought from Federal Circuit on CBM institution of a non-business method patent

Seeking to push this issue to a head sooner rather than later, Technology Trading International, the owner of the '304 patent, has recently filed a Petition for …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 3

What are Legitimate Patent Rights and Who are Legitimate Patent Owners?

Use of this phrase strikes me as indefensible because by its very nature it implies picking winners and losers after the Patent Office has already issued a …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 25

Bass, Spangenberg IPR of Juxtapid gets instituted by PTAB

Kyle Bass and Erich Spangenberg (Coalition for Affordable Drugs) won two more victories at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). This time Bass and Spangenberg obtained …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 3

CAFC: Reference May Anticipate if it Inherently Teaches Claimed Combination of Elements

The Court affirmed the Board’s finding that one Figure and certain passages in the description of the reference disclosed a limited number of elements and suggested …

What is Michelle Lee Hiding?

Michelle Lee talks about transparency, but the PTO is hiding behind redacted pages and claims of privilege to deny a legitimate FOIA request from Kyle Bass. “I …
By Erich Spangenberg 2 months ago 39