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IPW Webinar: The Patent Cooperation Treaty in 60 Minutes

Join Gene Quinn, CEO & President of IPWatchdog, and John White, CEO, Managing Director and Program Faculty of the  PCT Learning Center, as they discuss world wide IP Strategy and how PCT, Hague, and Madrid filings factor into such a strategy. These are each vital tools to project and protect IP across the world; yet US origin filings only trickle in. With…

NAPP Annual Meeting & Virtual Conference

  Without a doubt, the 2021 Virtual AMC will be the “place to be” for patent prosecution practitioners. TOPICS WILL INCLUDE: Current Developments in Utility and Design Patent Law PCT – Legal Overview, Basics and Drafting Tips Developments in AI/ML – US, EPO, China, Japan – practical take-aways in drafting and prosecution Post Allowance Filing Strategies in US Responding to…

IPW Webinar: Hague System Best Practices & Common Mistakes

Everything You Need to Know About International Industrial Design The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs provides a practical business solution for registering up to 100 designs in 74 contracting parties covering 91 countries. Through the filing of a single international application protection around the world for industrial designs can be achieved. Expanding a worldwide IP footprint…

IPW Webinar: An Hour On PCT

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) enables applicants to file a single standardized patent application, and have that application treated as a regular national patent application in 153 Member Countries to the PCT. The PCT process is advantageous when there is a clear global need and likely markets exist around the world, such as with pharmaceuticals, anything involving standard essential patents…

IPW Webinar – The Patent Cooperation Treaty: Best Practices & Common Mistakes

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is becoming an increasingly important tool for companies all around the world, with strategic use on the rise for a variety of reasons. Did you know, for example, that if you proceed to PCT Chapter II at a cost of $600 and choose the U.S. as your searching authority, your National Stage fees for Examination…

IPW Webinar: 10 Things Every Patent Practitioner Should Know

One of the most common questions we receive from new practitioners is this: “Once I pass the patent bar exam, how do I learn to actually start practicing?” Like so many things in life, there is no substitute for experience. But guidance from those who can point you in the right direction can be extremely valuable. Over the years Gene Quinn and John…

Don’t Give Up: Section 101 Allowances Are Up at USPTO

The data shows that Section 101 allowances at the USPTO are on the rise after a long period of decline, but the 101 situation still remains “alarming,” said panelists during IPWatchdog’s webinar—”A Tale of Different Software Innovations: The Uneven Impact of Alice”—last Thursday, March 7. While Congress is currently considering ways to address the patent eligibility problem, the likelihood of a legislative fix this year is slim, said Bob Stoll of Drinker Biddle. “I believe we will see introduction of legislation on 101 as early as this summer, but I don’t anticipate anything being enacted,” Stoll said. “There’s a lot more going on to occupy their interests on the Hill.”

Industry Insiders: Opinions Mixed in Aftermath of Supreme Court Holding in Helsinn

Yesterday a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the America Invents Act’s (AIA’s) language barring patent protection for inventions that were “in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the effective filing date of the claimed invention” under 35 U.S.C. § 102(a)(1) extends to private sales to third parties. The decision upholds pre-AIA Federal Circuit precedent establishing that a “secret sale” could invalidate a patent. The question patent owners have been asking since 2011 was whether the AIA’s addition of the phrase “or otherwise available to the public” overruled the Federal Circuit’s judicial construction of the on-sale bar. “No,” said the High Court. As always, IPWatchdog reached out to experts across industries for their views on the decision. From “well-reasoned and correct” to “a disappointment” and “dismissive,” they had wide-ranging perspectives on the ruling’s broader implications.

Patent Prosecution Experience Gap: Getting 2 Years Experience

For people starting out in the patent field, virtually all job announcements require some patent prosecution experience. A typical requirement is, for example, at least 2 years of experience in prosecution. I get it. What employer wants to invest in training only to see a person slip away once they can finally do something useful. Rather, you’d like to on-board the person, get them working immediately and discover what gaps may exist from their past experience and work to fill them in. Great idea, except it is hard to pull off.

Patent Practitioner Training: Everything Patent Practitioners Need to Know

You’ve passed the patent bar exam. Now what? We have heard that question too many times to count over the years as we have collectively spent over 50 years teaching patent bar review courses. With so many firms cutting back on, or eliminating training, and experience being necessary to get a job, we decided to create this Patent Practitioner Training 101, to bridge the gap for those new to the industry, and to offer a training solution to those firms in need of a ready-made program… At the end of this, course students should have a strong grasp on the day to day basics of patent practice, and a catalogue of examples and templates to draw upon for a variety of the most common and likely occurrences that real life will throw at a patent practitioner.

SAS: When the Patent Office institutes IPR it must decide patentability of all challenged claims

In SAS Institute, a 5-4 majority ruled that there is no authorization in the statute for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to partially institute a petition for inter partes review. Thus, the Supreme Court held that when the Patent Office institutes an inter partes review it must decide the patentability of all of the claims the petitioner has challenged. To provide instant reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision in SAS Institute we’ve reached out to an All-Star panel of industry experts for their take on this important decision. Their analysis follows. 

What should USPTO Director Andrei Iancu do first?

There are no shortage of opinions about what Director Iancu should do now that he is at the helm of America’s innovation agency. To contribute to the advice Director Iancu is no doubt receiving from many corners already, I’ve asked a panel of industry experts to weigh and give their advice about what should be on top of the Iancu agenda.

Predicting Oil States after Supreme Court Oral Arguments

After oral arguments were held on Monday, November 27, 2017, I again asked a number of industry insiders what thoughts and predictions they now have after having the benefit of hearing the Q&A that took place between the Justices and the attorneys representing the petitioner, respondent and federal government. Their answers follow, and show that there is little agreement among those watching this case with respect to what the likely outcome will be.

Industry Reaction to the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Aqua Products v. Matal

First-take reaction to Aqua Products v. Matal from a distinguished panel of experts. Todd Dickinson: “I don’t think that I’ve ever seen such a collection of procedural somersaults and arcane discussion masquerading as an appellate opinion. ” Russell Slifer: “it would be wise for the USPTO and the PTAB to consider limiting all Board decisions wholly to the record developed during the proceeding. Eliminate the opportunity for a panel to issue a sua sponte reason for unpatentability.” Ashley Keller: “One could be forgiven for wondering if the Republic is truly well served entrusting such a tribunal with exclusive jurisdiction over patent appeals.” John White: “This decision puts neon highlights around what is wrong with the PTAB process as it pursues the political outcome of ridding the system of ‘troublesome’, aka: ‘commercially valuable’, patents.” Plus much more.

Industry Reaction to SCOTUS First Amendment Decision in Matal v. Tam

Lauren Emerson, Baker Botts, LLP: “Today’s decision, while not surprising, is momentous, as any decision striking a longstanding legislative provision based on freedom of speech would be.  From a trademark practitioner’s perspective, Matal v. Tam is also remarkable in that it is the second decision in just over two years in which the Supreme Court specifically has taken note of the importance and value of trademark registration.   The decision has drawn additional attention as it undoubtedly marks the end of Pro-Football, Inc. (“PFI”)’s longstanding battle over its REDSKINS marks, as 2(a) will no longer bar registration of those marks either.   I have little doubt that in the weeks and months to come, we will see many new filings that will be more challenging to celebrate than Simon Tam’s hard-won victory.”