Posts Tagged: USPTO


Michelle Lee opens PPAC meeting at USPTO, introduced as Director at PTAB Bar luncheon

Lee has finally been publicly introduced at an industry event as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Indeed, earlier today Lee delivered a keynote …
By Gene Quinn
23 days ago 30

Trump signs Executive Order to eliminate job killing, outdated, unnecessary, ineffective regulations

In this Executive Order, President Trump orders the heads of each agency to designate a Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO) within 60 days. In addition to the designation of …
By Gene Quinn
25 days ago 5

SCOTUS invites Michelle Lee to Respond to Oil States IPR related petition for certiorari

The first and perhaps most obvious news story here relates to the fact that the United States Supreme Court believes that Michelle Lee remains Director of the …
By Gene Quinn
26 days ago 15

Will the Trump Administration Be Pro Patent?

One of the many questions about the Trump Administration after its first month is how it views the U.S. patent system. I asked several experienced veterans …
By Joseph Allen
26 days ago 57

Cash strapped USPTO, failed fee increase and political shenanigans

But why is the USPTO in such a fee crisis? Because they have strayed from their mission, which is to issue patents. Far too many Art Units …
By Paul Morinville
27 days ago 55

Citing ‘unusual circumstances’ PTO delays responding to FOIA request on status of Michelle Lee

According to these regulations cited by the USPTO, an extension is warranted in "unusual circumstances" where there is a "need for consultation... with another Federal agency having …
By Gene Quinn
29 days ago 187

Michelle Lee seems to be USPTO Director, but Commerce Department Declines Comment

Michelle Lee seems to still be Director. She is signing patents and Federal Register Notices, but both Commerce and USPTO decline comment on her status... Presumably at …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 15

Doc’s Orders: Analogize to Overcome Patent Eligibility Rejections

Taking a hint from what has worked before can give patent prosecutors an advantage. The question is then how to find such examples for use in forming …
By Andrew Gabriel
1 month ago 2

Federal Circuit affirms PTAB decision to invalidate MPHJ patent

The Federal Circuit upheld the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”), on Inter Partes Review, to invalidate as anticipated or obvious all claims of …

CRISPR patent interference ended by USPTO because parties’ claims do not interfere

The PTAB concluded: "Based on our determination that the preponderance of the evidence shows there is no interference-in-fact between the parties’ claims, we need not decide the …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 3

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
1 month 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 …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 0

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
1 month 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
1 month ago 62

What is the future of IP management for law firms?

The breadth and scale of information now available to IP departments was previously unimaginable and using this information to drive insight remains challenging. The most progressive organizations …
By Simon Webster
2 months ago 3