Posts in USPTO


USPTO Report Puts Chinese Innovation Growth in Context

On January 13, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a new report on the impact of patent and trademark filing trends in China. The report, …
By Gene Quinn
14 hours ago 1

Patent Filings Roundup: Board Says ‘Nein’ to German Company’s IPR; A PTAB Footnote to the Fortress/Intel Fight

Per the usual slow January, it was a light week at both the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and in the district courts. At the PTAB, …
By Jonathan Stroud
18 hours ago 0

Skidmore-Mead Can Solve the Patent Eligibility Dilemma

Judge Kimberly Moore, in a comprehensive and insightful opinion dissenting from the denial of the petition for rehearing en banc in Athena Diagnostics, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative …

PTAB Will Use Nautilus Approach to Indefiniteness for Post-Grant Proceedings

Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued binding indefiniteness guidance in a memorandum from Director Andrei Iancu that addresses confusion about which indefiniteness …
By La'Cee Conley
3 days ago 8

Supreme Court Will Review Doctrine of Assignor Estoppel

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for certiorari filed by Minerva Surgical, Inc. asking the Court to clarify questions around the doctrine of …
By Eileen McDermott
4 days ago 3

Federal Circuit Affirms TTAB Dismissal of QuikTrip’s Opposition to Convenience Store Mark

On January 8, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and …
By IPWatchdog
4 days ago 0

CAFC Dismisses Appeal as Moot, Prost Dissents in Part

On January 7, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) dismissed ABS Global's appeal from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent …
By IPWatchdog
5 days ago 1

Patent Filings Roundup: IP Edge End-of-Year Filing Spree, WSOU Ends Year as Top Single-Entity Filer; AC Competitors Go to War Over a Cool Million

Combining the holiday break, we see a steady 24 and 25 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) petitions filed in the last two weeks, respectively, with 84 and 71 District Court …
By Jonathan Stroud
6 days ago 0

Inventors Have Their Say on PTAB at SCOTUS in Arthrex Amicus Briefs

Eleven amicus briefs were docketed during the last two business days of 2020 in United States v. Arthrex, Inc., et al., which is scheduled for oral argument on …
By Eileen McDermott
9 days ago 5

Eight Steps to Success in Navigating Subsequent Patent Applications in the United States

In Part I of this five-part series, the authors reviewed the law behind subsequent patent applications. In Part II, we reviewed the different types of subsequent applications. …
By Gary Maze & Jeffrey Wendt
9 days ago 2

Federal Circuit Vacates PTAB Holding that Raytheon Patent is Non-Obvious

On December 23, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) vacated a decision of the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), holding …
By Rebecca Tapscott
10 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: Accepting China’s Tech Dominance, How AI is Transforming the World and Countering Military Drone Threats

This week in Washington intellectual property (IP) events, both houses of Congress are quiet in the lead-up to Joe Biden’s inauguration as President later this month. …
By IPWatchdog
11 days ago 2

The Year in Patents: Ten Developments We’ll Remember From 2020

As we end 2020— a year most of us probably wish to forget— it appears that after much litigation it is finally safe to call Joe Biden the …

The Top 10 Patents of 2020: From Social Distancing Tech to Facilitating Driverless Vehicles in 5G Networks

As the world bids good riddance to 2020, cursed as it has been by the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant shutdown of major swathes of the globe’s …
By Steve Brachmann
16 days ago 1

Top USPTO Developments of 2020—and What to Expect in 2021

Novel and non-obvious can be easily used to describe the events of 2020, both here in the United States and around the world. Despite all the challenges, there …