Posts in Inventors Information


Autopilot or Advocate? Raising the Bar in Ex Parte Appeals at the USPTO

Despite their best efforts, patent practitioners may reach an impasse during negotiations with patent examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). If an applicant …
By Carlo Cotrone
1 day ago 5

US Inventor Amicus in New Vision Gaming: ‘October Effect,’ Subjective APJ Evaluations Support Due Process Argument Against PTAB

On August 3, inventor advocacy group US Inventor filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in support of a due …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 3

Time to ‘Think PCT’: Rethink Your Global Patent Strategy to Preserve Your Seat at the Table

Greetings; John White here. It is time for you to “Think PCT” [Patent Cooperation Treaty] anew. If the last thing you remember hearing me say about the …
By John White
5 days ago 33

USIJ Report Reveals Consequences of a Weakened U.S. Patent System

There is a symbiotic relationship between innovation and patents. The innovation that we say we most want is cutting-edge innovation that requires time, money and determination to …
By Gene Quinn
8 days ago 7

USPTO Report Cites Incremental Growth in the Number of Women Inventor-Patentees

This month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a report titled “Progress and Potential: 2020 update on U.S. women inventor- patentees” (the Report). The …
By Rebecca Tapscott
14 days ago 0

Perryman PTAB Study for Unified Patents Leaves Out Half of the Story

In late June, Unified Patents published the findings of an economic report conducted by consulting firm The Perryman Group on the supposed impacts of validity trials conducted …
By Steve Brachmann
15 days ago 15

Curtain Call For Computer Related Inventions in India: An Analysis of the Ferid Allani Case

The precedent with respect to the patentability of Computer Related Inventions in India ranges from little to non-existent; but not for lack of trying. In December 2019, the …
By Antony Moses
17 days ago 1

Washington’s NFL Team is in a Race Against Time to Find Its New Trademark

After decades of legal battles in which they ultimately succeeded in maintaining the legal right to federal trademark registration of the “REDSKINS” moniker—through the separate efforts …
By Marsha Gentner
20 days ago 11

Myth-Buster or Meme Maker? Reflections Upon Reading How Innovation Works (and Why it Flourishes in Freedom)

Some people believe that breakthrough products like the light bulb, steam engine and mobile phone were not so much invented as stumbled upon. Fostering innovation and the …
By Bruce Berman
21 days ago 15

Patent Office Insights from Two Former Examiners

In the United States patent system, patent applications are handled by two separate, yet equally important, groups: the patent practitioners, who prepare and prosecute applications on behalf …
By Robert Lichter & Ryan Potts
21 days ago 55

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court Ruling that Dana-Farber Inventors Must Be Added to Patents for Cancer Treatment

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute last week had its district court win affirmed when the Federal Circuit upheld a decision that two of the Institute’s researchers must …
By Eileen McDermott
21 days ago 1

Conventional Patent Wisdom Revisited

The time is upon us when young patent professionals, many of them fresh out of law school (or out of engineering school) begin their professional lives as …
By Daniel Hanson
24 days ago 27

Artificial Intelligence Can’t Patent Inventions: So What?

The USPTO’s recent landmark decision (16/524,350) concluding artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be a named patent inventor perhaps sparked fears of super-robots inventing critical technologies that, alas, receive …

Avoid the Patent Pit of Despair: Drafting Claims Away from TC 3600

I’ve recently hosted two webinars on patent classification, taking a look at how contractors for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) determine where to …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 18

Develop Your Database of Templates for Responding to Office Actions

Beginners in answering office actions may find it intimidating and hope to learn from similar cases. If they are able to learn from the formats and arguments …
By Wei Wu
2 months ago 4