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Coons and Stivers Reintroduce Measure to Make the U.S. Patent System STRONGER

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) reintroduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2019 today in an event on Capitol Hill. Coons first introduced the STRONG …
By Gene Quinn
8 days ago 23

NYIPLA Urges Supreme Court Not to Award USPTO Staff Attorney Salaries as ‘Expenses’ in Patent Appeals to ED of Virginia

On June 25, 2019, the New York Intellectual Property Association (NYIPLA) filed an Amicus Brief in support of the Respondent in Peter v. NantKwest, Inc., No. 18-801, pending before …

IPWatchdog, Inc. Seeks Intellectual Property Sales Professional

IPWatchdog, Inc. is seeking a sales professional to join our ranks. This will be our first hire specifically dedicated to sales, which means we are looking for …

It May Be Time to Abolish the Federal Circuit

I don’t really know why we need the Federal Circuit anymore. Witness the denial of en banc rehearing in Athena Diagnostics, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services, …
By Gene Quinn
9 days ago 35

This Week on Capitol Hill: DHS Facial Recognition Tech, Coons and Stivers to Reintroduce STRONGER Patents Act, and Think Tanks Explore Tech Issues in U.S.-China Trade War

The U.S. Senate gets busy today with hearings on the tech world’s impacts on America’s youth as well as NASA’s plans for manned …
By IPWatchdog
10 days ago 2

Studebaker Brackett PC Seeks Qualified, Experienced Patent Attorney or Agent

Studebaker Brackett PC, a growing patent firm recently relocated in Tysons, VA, and a short walk from the Greensboro Metro Station/Silver Line, seeks a qualified, experienced …

Thoughts on the Course of the Federal Circuit After Its Denial of En Banc Rehearing in Athena v. Mayo

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was created to provide much-needed clarity and consistency to the nation's patent law. In prior decades, the law had …
By Judge Paul Michel
10 days ago 8

Beyond 101: An Inventor’s Plea for Comprehensive Reform of the U.S. Patent System

Inventors are seeing the light and are looking increasingly to the East for protection of their patents. Specifically, to China, where patent protection was once non-existent; China …
By Emil Malak
10 days ago 18

Athena v. Mayo: A Splintered Federal Circuit Invites Supreme Court or Congress to Step Up On 101 Chaos

On July 3, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied en banc rehearing in Athena Diagnostics v. Mayo Collaborative Services. The 86-page order from the Federal …
By IPWatchdog
11 days ago 3

The Trademark Cases the Supreme Court Will Hear Next Term

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to take up a pair of cases that could affect how trademark cases are argued in federal courts. …
By Steve Brachmann
11 days ago 0

Spilling the ‘Detox Tea’: Are We About to See More FTC Action on Social Media Influencer Advertising?

In a recent letter, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take action against makers of “detox teas” for engaging in “predatory” and …
By Anna Naydonov
13 days ago 0

My Top 25 Songs of All Time: An IPWatchdog Fourth of July Tradition

IPWatchdog has been publishing readers' and staff picks for the Top 25 songs of all time for the past four years on the Fourth of July. See previous …
By Eileen McDermott
14 days ago 13

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, July 3: Athena v. Mayo Denied En Banc Review; USPTO Announces Trademark Attorney Rule; China Says IP Theft Will Be Compensated

Happy 4th! This week Barks & Bites comes early, starting with a bite: The Federal Circuit denies rehearing of Athena Diagnostics v. Mayo Collaborative Services, shattering the hopes …
By IPWatchdog
15 days ago 5

Has Cellspin Resurrected Electric Power Group?

I thought the Electric Power Group decision was effectively dead. It used an overbroad characterization of patent claims under Step 1 of Mayo/Alice. Following that decision, I …
By Scott Zimmerman
16 days ago 10

As Congress Contemplates Curbing Alice, More Than 60% of Issued U.S. Patents are Software Related

It has been more than two years since I last wrote here that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision has left …
By Raymond Millien
16 days ago 2