Posts in Government


Congress Asks Amazon’s Bezos to Testify on Use of Third-Party Seller Data

On May 1, Representative and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and a bipartisan coalition of members of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law signed …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 4

Conservative Leaders Rebut Proposed Denial of Exclusivity on COVID Meds

More than 30 leading conservative and libertarian organizations have joined on a letter to Congress, voicing “strong opposition” to principles, recently unveiled by four senior lawmakers, that would …
By James Edwards
18 days ago 1

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB’s Non-Obviousness Ruling in View of Prior Art

On May 5, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial …
By Rebecca Tapscott
18 days ago 1

PTAB Judges Should Call Balls and Strikes, Not Throw Curve Balls

The America Invents Act (AIA) outlines an adversarial, inter partes, process for reviewing patents and determining their validity. Patent owners deserve a fair process, presided over by …

Patent Filings Roundup: Blackberry Accused of Abuse, PayPal Isn’t Playing, WSOU Earns Its Frequent Filer Card

This week, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings are back up, with four post grant reviews (PGRs) and 37 inter partes reviews (IPRs), while there were 83 district …
By Jonathan Stroud
19 days ago 0

Senator Thom Tillis: If IP Stakeholders Can’t Find Consensus, Congress Can’t Help

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) arguably has more pressing issues to focus on than intellectual property at the moment, as the nation scrambles to find solutions to the …
By Gene Quinn
20 days ago 53

Booking.com Oral Arguments: Will Justices’ Skepticism of USPTO Arguments Trump Monopoly Concerns?

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al., v. Booking.com B.V., (Case No. 19-46) yesterday, in …
By Rebecca Tapscott
20 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: Developing COVID-19 Tests, China’s Global Tech Dominance and GPS Spectrum Concerns

This week in Washington, D.C., while the nation continues to deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Senate committee hearings on the Federal Communications …
By IPWatchdog
20 days ago 0

USPTO Shoots Down DABUS’ Bid For Inventorship

Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a decision refusing to vacate a Notice of Missing Parts in U.S. Patent Application No.: 16/524,350 (…
By Rebecca Tapscott
21 days ago 48

PTAB Establishes Two-Part Framework for Denying Institution of IPRs Based on Previously Presented Art Or Argument

Earlier this year, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) established a two-part framework for applying 35 U.S.C. § 325(d), under which the PTAB may deny institution …
By Christopher Loh
21 days ago 3

USTR Special 301 Report and Review of Notorious Markets Highlight Continued Concerns with China

On April 29, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its 2020 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Protection and its 2019 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting …
By Rebecca Tapscott
21 days ago 4

Federal Circuit Holds Banks to Be ‘Persons’ Under the America Invents Act

Recently, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, holding that the Board correctly determined that the claims 21–24 of U.S. Patent …

Stand Up to the Anti-Patent COVID-19 Narrative

It may seem odd, as unprecedented public/private sector R&D alliances work to discover and develop therapies to counter COVID-19, that some are trying to punish …
By Joseph Allen
25 days ago 4

USPTO Further Extends Certain Patent and Trademark Deadlines in Accordance with the CARES Act

On April 28, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued official Patent and Trademark notices announcing that it will be further extending certain patent and trademark …
By IPWatchdog
26 days ago 0

Patent Filings Roundup: ‘Something in the Water’ with Sharp Spike in District Court Filings

Is there something in the water this week? While Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings were up slightly (the spike due entirely to 14 new petitions from …
By Jonathan Stroud
26 days ago 5