Posts in Inventors Information


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

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

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

Why the Patent Classification System Needs an Update

Patent categories were established more than 100 years ago. There are dozens of categories that reflect industry at the time: gears, sewing machines, and bicycles, to name a …
By Dvorah Graeser
6 days ago 13

Former Employee Does Not Have to Assign Inventions to Covidien, First Circuit Says

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a district court ruling denying a request for declaratory judgment by Covidien LP and …
By Butch Laker
9 days ago 1

Drafting Lessons from a 101 Loss in the Eastern District of Texas

On March 30, Judge Sean D. Jordan of the United States Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, issued a rather atypical Order, at least for …
By Gene Quinn
10 days ago 9

CAFC Again Affirms PTAB Rejection of Stanford Patent Application Claims Under Alice

Two weeks after affirming the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’s) decision to reject Leland Stanford Junior University’s (Stanford) claims drawn to abstract mathematical …
By Matthew Schutte
24 days ago 6

The PTAB’s Concerning Conflict of Interest is Laid Bare in New Vision Gaming

Buffalo is a small Texas town of less than 2,000 people. On the way into town, school zone signs flank both sides of a speed limit sign. I …
By Paul Morinville
25 days ago 12

Why the IDEA Act is a Bad Idea

As previously reported on this blog, a bipartisan group of senators recently reintroduced a bill in Congress called the “Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act of 2021,” or …

Federal Circuit Upholds Attorneys’ Fees Award, Grants Appellate Fees and Double Costs in Cheekd Dating App Case

In 2019, IPWatchdog reported on Lori Cheek, an independent inventor and founder of the dating service, Cheekd, who has spent the last several years defending herself against accusations …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 4

Tillis and Cotton Urge Hirshfeld to Adopt Pilot Program to Address ‘Inherently Vague and Subjective’ Eligibility Analyses

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) sent a letter on Monday to the acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Drew …
By Logan Murr
1 month ago 19

EPO Patent Index 2020 Underscores Sharp Rise of China as Global Tech Giant

On March 16, the European Patent Office (EPO) released the Patent Index 2020, which gives the public a snapshot view of the filing activities going on at the EU’…
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Seven Years After Alice, 63.2% of the U.S. Patents Issued in 2020 were Software-Related

As an update to my posts from 2017, 2019, and 2020, it has now been more than seven years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice Corp. v. CLS …
By Raymond Millien
1 month ago 3

CAFC Affirms PTAB Rejection of Stanford Haplotype Phasing Patent Claims Under Alice

On March 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to hold the …
By Matthew Schutte
1 month ago 21