What happens when the United States Patent and Trademark Office does not want to give an inventor a patent? We can all recite what is supposed to happen, but what if the Office really does not want the person to get a patent to the point that the Office simply refuses to move prosecution forward, or constantly reopens prosecution even after the Board has reversed a patent examiner?
The experience of Gilbert Hyatt sheds some light on the tools that the Office has at its disposal when it decides to take aim at an applicant. Mr. Hyatt is a successful inventor with more than 70 patents to his name, in fields like control systems, manufacturing, computer and memory architecture, signal processing, and image processing. Despite his best efforts and much litigation, he has not received a patent since 1997!
If Gilbert Hyatt were a typical independent inventor or small business, no one would know of his plight because he would have been forced to give up long ago. But Hyatt persists in his fight.
Join Gene Quinn, President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc., on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 12 PM ET, for this special webinar to discuss the Gilbert Hyatt saga. Joining Gene will be Andrew Grossman, a partner at BakerHostetler and head of the firm’s appellate and major motions practice, Paul Kamenar, an attorney and Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and Gilbert Hyatt.