Posts Tagged: patent office


Eight Tips to Get Your Patent Approved at the EPO

Patent prosecution can sometimes seem to be a rather byzantine process. As with anything, the more you understand, the better prepared you will be for the strategic …
By Gene Quinn
2 days ago 6

House Small Business Committee Tackles Diversity Gap in Patenting Debate

The House Small Business Committee met earlier today for a hearing titled “Enhancing Patent Diversity for America’s Innovators,” in which members of Congress heard from witnesses …
By Eileen McDermott
9 days ago 37

Latest IFI CLAIMS Report Shows U.S. Patent Grants Are Up 15% Over 2018

U.S. patent grants grew by 15% from 2018 to 2019, with IBM heading the pack for the 27th consecutive year, according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services’ 2019 report. There were 333,530 …
By IPWatchdog
10 days ago 0

A Global Look at Post Grant Patent Maintenance Fees

A patent maintenance fee is an official fee that is payable at prescribed intervals to a national patent office over the lifecycle of a patent application or …

Arthrex Update: With Responses Due Next Week, Amici Urge Federal Circuit to Grant Rehearing

In December, petitions for rehearing were filed at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by each party involved in Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & …
By Steve Brachmann
15 days ago 2

Case Law and Policy Changes in PTAB Practice During 2019

Despite the possibility that the judges of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) may have been unconstitutionally appointed, as held recently by a Federal Circuit panel, …
By John Bauer & Tom Engellenner
16 days ago 6

EPO and UKIPO Refuse AI-Invented Patent Applications

The European Patent Office has refused two European patent applications that designated an artificial intelligence called DABUS as the inventor, following a non-public hearing on November 25, 2019. The …
By James Nurton
17 days ago 46

A Plea for Clarity and a New Approach on Section 101 in 2020

The lack of clarity by the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark patent case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 573 U.S. 208; 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) and …
By Emil Malak
20 days ago 20

The USPTO Will No Longer Accept PCT Collaborative Search and Examination Requests

Earlier today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it will no longer accept requests to participate in the IP5 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) …
By Gene Quinn
21 days ago 1

The Top 10 Patent Stories of the Decade 2010 – 2019: Part I

This year, we wind down not only the year, but the decade. So, it is time to reflect upon the biggest patent related stories of the last …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 3

All Parties in Arthrex Want the Full Federal Circuit to Render a Better Decision

On December 16, the U.S. Government, Arthrex, Inc., and Smith & Nephew, Inc. each submitted petitions for rehearing and/or rehearing en banc asking the full Federal Circuit …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 5

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB’s Invalidity Decision Regarding a Wireless Communications Patent

In November, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion reversing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (the PTAB or the Board) decision that claim 8 of IPR Licensing …

Recent USPTO Update Provides Blueprint for PTAB Patent Challenge Process

Since the passing of the America Invents Act (AIA) and the implementation of the inter partes review (IPR) process, IPR has become a popular and important avenue …

Patents Have Entered the Upside Down: Looking Back on the 2019 U.S. Patent Market

Ask ten professionals for their attitude on the current state of patents in 2019, and you’ll receive ten distinctly different opinions ranging anywhere from the incredibly negative …
By Dan Buri
1 month ago 6

A Look at the Briefs in Thryv v. Click-to-Call Before Supreme Court Oral Arguments

On Monday, December 9, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Thryv, Inc. v. Click-to-Call Technologies, LP. The case, which has gone through multiple name …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 6