Posts Tagged: USPTO


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
21 days ago 3

Trademark applications filed on Trump’s 2020 campaign slogan, Keep America Great

When President Donald Trump’s campaign for re-election starts gearing up for the 2020 election season, you will know it when you hear him say that he wants …
By Steve Brachmann
22 days ago 0

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
26 days 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
26 days 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 …

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
28 days 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
28 days ago 0

Commerce Department website contradicts itself on status of Michelle Lee as USPTO Director

Although the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to decline comment on the status of Michelle Lee, as of 3:49pm EST on Monday, January 23, 2017, the …
By Gene Quinn
29 days ago 38

USPTO continues to decline comment on status of Michelle Lee

The first full work week for the Trump Administration begins in earnest today, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to decline comment on …
By Gene Quinn
29 days ago 7

Is Michelle Lee Still PTO Director?

How much longer can there be no official announcement regarding the status of Michelle Lee? The continued silence raises very serious questions, particularly given that there have …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 21

Commerce Lists USPTO Director as Vacant, USPTO declines to comment on Michelle Lee

If Lee did not resign and she has been asked to stay on as Director why has the Patent Office declined to comment? Further complicating matters, if …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 21

Navigating Through the PCT Process and the Associated Costs

A PCT application is an international application that is filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which currently has 151 contracting states. A PCT application is filed with …

Michelle Lee to Stay on as USPTO Director

This morning fresh, credible rumors are surfacing that suggest later today an announcement will be made that Michelle Lee has been asked to stay on as Under …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 63

Is Michelle Lee Refusing to Leave the USPTO?

I learned from a credible source that Lee was either refusing to resign or perhaps attempting to revoke her letter of resignation. Shortly thereafter I was told …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 20

America Needs Startup Experience in the USPTO Director

We just don’t need another lawyer or lobbyist to run the USPTO. We need more this time. We need someone from the grassroots who understands the …
By Paul Morinville
1 month ago 9