Posts in USPTO


Patent Filings Roundup: VLSI Judgment Patents Challenged; Dozens of NPE-Semiconductor Patents Instituted; Nanotechnology Solar Panel Litigation Kicks Off

It seems non-practicing entity (NPE) semiconductor/chip litigation has really come to dominate both the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the district courts’ dockets this …
By Jonathan Stroud
3 days ago 1

Patent Procurement and Strategy for Business Success Part II: Claims – Targeting the Right Infringers

To protect the inventions that are important to a company's current and future success, the claims of the patents covering those inventions must accurately define the subject …
By Reginald Ratliff
3 days ago 11

This Week in Washington IP: The Role of Patents in Innovation Policy, Final Public Roundtable on the Trademark Modernization Act, and Vetting CAFC Nominee Cunningham

This week in Washington IP news, the Senate Antitrust Committee looks at anti-competition issues in the smart home electronics industry, while the full Senate Judiciary Committee meets …
By IPWatchdog
6 days ago 1

CAFC Remands Walker Process Antitrust Issue to Fifth Circuit under Xitronex I Precedent

On June 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) transferred Ronald Chandler et. al. v. Phoenix Services, LLC to the United States Court …
By Matthew Schutte
6 days ago 0

Patent Filings Roundup: Light Week at PTAB; Acacia Campaigns Heat Up; Board Institutes Koss IPRs

It was another really light week at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), with just 14 new patent filings (two post grant reviews [PGRs] and 12 inter partes …
By Jonathan Stroud
11 days ago 2

After Hyatt v. Hirshfeld, it Might Be Time to Pay Attention to Prosecution Laches

Gilbert Hyatt was one of many applicants who filed many patent applications shortly before the June 8, 1995 transition point, where patent terms transitioned from being defined based on 17 …
By Kate Gaudry
14 days ago 13

Patent Filings Roundup: Funded-NPE Semiconductor Shotgun Petition Backfires; APJ Bucks Board on Fintiv; IP Edge Files Dozens

Happy Memorial Day week. It was a light week at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board with 20 filings – 18 inter partes reviews (IPRs) and two post grant reviews (…
By Jonathan Stroud
17 days ago 0

CAFC Finds Certain Baxter Telepharmacy Claims Obvious, Reversing PTAB

On May 28, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board), holding certain claims …
By Logan Murr
18 days ago 0

Biden is Missing an Opportunity at the USPTO

Intellectual property (IP) made modern vaccines possible. It took billions of dollars in private and public investments in research and development to be able to create, in …
By Russell Slifer
19 days ago 65

This Week in Washington IP: First Public Roundtable on Trademark Modernization Act, Licensing the First U.S. Patent and Exploring Biden’s Broadband Infrastructure Plan

This week in Washington IP news, both houses of Congress remain quiet as the Senate and the House of Representatives enter scheduled work periods. Among policy institutes, …
By IPWatchdog
19 days ago 0

Fit to Drive: Three Inspiring Office Action Responses from the USPTO’s Art Unit 3668

Every patent practitioner has faced the same obstacle — a client's application is assigned to an unfamiliar art unit. This presents two challenges: unfamiliarity with the examiners and …
By Yvonne Morris
19 days ago 3

Design Patents 101: Understanding Utility Patents’ Lesser-Known Cousin

Design patents provide powerful protections both on their own and as a complement to their more well-known cousin, utility patents. The highly publicized Apple v. Samsung lawsuits …

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, May 28: China’s Drug Patent Linkage System Goes Into Effect Next Week; Tillis Asks Copyright Office to Conduct Examination, State Bill Studies; and New USPTO Code of Conduct Rules

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the USPTO promulgated a final rule aligning the agency’s code of conduct with the ABA’s Model Rules, as well …
By IPWatchdog
23 days ago 2

Patent Filings Roundup: In Reversal, COVID Renders W.D. TX Trial Dates Uncertain for Fintiv; Semiconductor NPE Suits and PTAB Challenges on a Roll; Board Issues Order Barring Future Filings

A quiet week resulted in 28 petitions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), mostly related to preexisting suits, though with a perhaps surprising number of semiconductor …
By Jonathan Stroud
24 days ago 0

Substitute/Cultivated Meat Technology: A Deep-Dive Patent Landscape Analysis

Meat substitute technologies and the growing industry based on those technologies have seen significant growth in recent years, from the number of startup companies to the amount …
By Leonard R. Svensson
25 days ago 6