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American Innovators Express Support for Recent and Proposed Changes in Patent System

Yesterday, a group of 324 American innovators sent a letter to the bipartisan leadership of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees to express support for several improvements in …
By IPWatchdog
5 hours ago 1

This Week in Washington IP: Senate Commerce Committee to Grill Tech CEOs on Section 230, House Big Tech Antitrust Report and USPTO’s Quarterly TPAC Meeting

This week in Washington IP news, the Senate Commerce Committee will be busy with a major hearing on Section 230 liability shields for tech platforms in light of …
By IPWatchdog
1 day ago 0

The Air Force Wants Your IP – Don’t Expect it Back

The U.S. Air Force last year announced revisions to its weapons procurement policy that will have the unintended effect of reducing its access to groundbreaking technology, …

Determining the Likelihood that an AI Patent Application Will Be Allowed at the USPTO

As computing power and large datasets become more available, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in technology is exploding around the world. As an indicator of the …

Types of Subsequent Patent Applications in the United States (Part II)

In Part I of this five-part guide to U.S. subsequent patent applications, the authors reviewed the law governing such applications. In Part II, we review the …
By Gary Maze & Jeffrey Wendt
4 days ago 0

USPTO Seeks Comments on Discretion to Institute Trials Before the PTAB

On October 20, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a “Request for Comments on Discretion To Institute Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board” …
By Rebecca Tapscott
5 days ago 2

DOJ Takes Key Step Toward Breaking Up Big Tech with Antitrust Complaint Against Google

The U.S. Department of Justice and Attorneys General from 11 U.S. states filed a complaint on Tuesday in the United States District Court for the District …
By Eileen McDermott
6 days ago 7

Patent Filings Roundup: Video Codec Wars, Gaming Industry Stung by Section 325 Discretionary Denial, Remote Surgical Robotics Suit Filed

Patent filings were down ever so slightly last week, with 30 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) petitions filed (29 inter partes reviews [IPRs] and one post grant review […
By Jonathan Stroud
6 days ago 0

Getting a Patent: The Devastating Consequences of Not Naming All Inventors

Naming the correct inventors is critical when drafting a U.S. patent. Patents must have all inventors properly named. Deciding who is an inventor is a complicated …
By William Honaker
6 days ago 0

Practice Tips Following USPTO Guidance on Applicant Admitted Prior Art

On August 18, 2020, the USPTO issued a guidance memorandum on the treatment of applicant statements in the challenged patent in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings under Section 311, which …
By Benedict Hanrahan
7 days ago 6

China’s NMPA and CNIPA Propose Draft Measures on Patent Linkage for Public Comment: Implications for the Future of Innovative and Generic Drugs

The National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), in conjunction with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), recently solicited public comments on the draft of “Measures For the …
By Susie Cheng, Ph.D
7 days ago 0

USPTO Appoints Mary Critharis Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs

Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that Mary Critharis has been appointed as the USPTO’s Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for …
By IPWatchdog
7 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: Technologies for Military Readiness, Enforcing IP Rights in China and Alternative Dispute Resolution for Copyright Small Claims

This week in Washington IP events, the House of Representatives remains quiet during its district work period. Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing will focus mainly on …
By IPWatchdog
8 days ago 1

Late-Filed Petitions Dismissed as Untimely by USPTO: No Apparent Rhyme nor Reason (Part III)

While researching the newly codified Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP) Section 706.07(b), we noticed some petitions filed more than two months after the final Office action …

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB Finding that Immunex Antibody Patent is Obvious

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) on Tuesday affirmed an invalidity decision of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent …
By Rebecca Tapscott
11 days ago 0