Posts in Government


PTAB Masters™ Day Four Features Judge Michel on How the PTAB is Working: ‘When Facts Change, Views Should Change’

The final day of IPWatchdog’s PTAB Masters™ 2021 program kicked off with more than 1,070 registrants and a discussion featuring retired U.S. Court of Appeals for the …
By Eileen McDermott
19 hours ago 1

Justices Lean Toward Limiting, Not Eliminating, Assignor Estoppel Doctrine in Minerva v. Hologic

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc., Cytyc Surgical Products, LLC, which essentially asks the Court to decide …
By Eileen McDermott
2 days ago 2

Patent Filings Roundup: Costco Drones on in District Court; J&J Laser LASIK Patents Challenged by Competitor; Quiet Storm Vector Capital Continues to Cash in on Chip Assertions

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) had a light week, with 23 patent filings, all inter partes reviews (IPRs), including a …
By Jonathan Stroud
2 days ago 0

Tillis Tells PTAB Masters™ Day Three Attendees Congress Should Codify Iancu’s Reforms

In his keynote video address to PTAB Masters participants today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) championed the record of former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director …
By Eileen McDermott
2 days ago 5

The mRNA IP and Competitive Landscape: Translate BIO; Arcturus; eTheRNA and Other Startups; and LNP Technology (Part II)

In Part I of this three-part series, we focused on three market players: BioNTech, Moderna and CureVac. In this second post, we will focus on Translate BIO, …

Kappos at PTAB Masters™ Day Two: PTAB Problems Arose When It Failed to Evolve

The second day of IPWatchdog’s PTAB Masters™ 2021: “Winning at the PTAB” featured a keynote interview with former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David …
By Eileen McDermott
3 days ago 16

PTAB Masters™ 2021, Day One: How Iancu Tried to Repair a ‘Damaged Brand’

While steps taken under former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Andrei Iancu to restore equilibrium at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) have …
By Eileen McDermott
4 days ago 13

This Week in Washington IP: IP Protections for COVID-19 Vaccines, Increasing Inclusivity in the U.S. Patent System and App Store Antitrust Issues

This week in Washington IP news, committees in the House of Representatives will debate ways to increase broadband and mobile Internet infrastructure across rural America, as well …
By IPWatchdog
4 days ago 0

Waiving IP Rights During Times of COVID: A ‘False Good Idea’

Over the course of four months, close to 850 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in over 100 countries. To the extent the unprecedented pace of research, …
By Hans Sauer
4 days ago 19

Countries Like the Philippines are Unable to Utilize IP Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

The Philippines has so far relied on donations and direct purchase to obtain vaccines to address the pandemic. As of March 2021, the Philippines received 2 million Sinovac doses …

Patent Filings Roundup: Disney Displeasure Cruise; WSOU Investments’ Recordation Problems; and Chinese Company Targets Chinese Counterfeiters in U.S. Court

A slightly higher than average 38 petitions were filed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week, all inter partes reviews (IPRs), a number again …
By Jonathan Stroud
7 days ago 0

Solutions for Promoting Patent Practitioner Diversity at the USPTO in the Battle Against Systemic Racism

A critical battle against systemic racism currently engages the United States. Patent practitioners across the country—from the University of Minnesota Law School (a mere 2.5 miles from …

Bills to Lower Prescription Drug Costs and Boost Biosimilars Sent to Biden’s Desk

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved two bills meant to lower prescription drug prices and sent them on to President Joe Biden for approval. The …
By Eileen McDermott
8 days ago 1

USPTO Launches COVID-19 Fast-Track Appeals Pilot as Companion to Prioritized Examination Pilot

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced yesterday that it will launch a COVID-19 fast-track appeals pilot program beginning today. The pilot is a companion …
By IPWatchdog
8 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: Innovation at the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, GIPC Event on Innovation Ecosystem, and Working Toward a Carbon-Free Shipping Industry

This week in Washington IP events, subcommittees in both the Senate and the House of Representatives will examine President Biden’s $10.17 billion appropriations request for the National …
By IPWatchdog
11 days ago 0