Posts Tagged: patent office


Distinguishing Colloquial Obviousness and Legal Obviousness

Have you ever worked with a lay inventor who had a hard time dealing with obviousness under U.S. patent law? Many patent lawyers have. It is …
By Daniel Hanson
16 days ago 8

The One Word that Will Help Restore the U.S. Patent System

Based on the age of many of us in the room, President Reagan was probably the first president many of us remember. And I mention this because …
By Gene Quinn
16 days ago 13

Win in Water Balloon Battle Suggests Hope for Patent Owners at PTAB

IPWatchdog’s coverage of the November 2017 Bunch O Balloons district court trial left off with an Eastern District of Texas jury awarding $12.3 million in damages to patent …
By Eric Olavson & Josh Malone
17 days ago 7

The Lineup: Who We’ll Hear from in the First Two Senate Hearings on Section 101 Reform

To kick off the month in which Alice v. CLS Bank will turn five, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property will hold its first …
By Eileen McDermott
17 days ago 18

Mission Impossible? How U.S. Drafters Can Minimize Support/Clarity Issues Under Article 84 EPC

When drafting Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications, or applications intended to be prosecuted abroad, a U.S. drafter inevitably faces the challenge of providing a description in …
By Enrica Bruno
18 days ago 0

Reflections on the 2018 Patent Market

Despite falling average prices, in 2018, the patent market grew fast. We estimate the 2018 market size to be $353 million, up from last year’s estimated $296 million. The 2016 market …

Opticurrent Says Power Integrations Reexamination Attempt is Gamesmanship

On May 13, patent owner Opticurrent, LLC, filed an emergency motion for leave to file a supplemental motion for judgment  in a patent infringement case being fought out …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 1

Other Barks & Bites, Friday May 24: Coons Requests Info on Alexa Privacy, Congress Pushes 101 Reform, and Qualcomm Will Appeal Its Loss to the FTC

This week in Other Barks & Bites: Chinese state media pushes back on the United States’ claims of intellectual property theft; a bipartisan coalition from both houses of …
By IPWatchdog
23 days ago 0

Patent Trends Study Part Thirteen: Building Materials

This is the last in a 13-part series of articles authored by Kilpatrick Townsend. The series examined industry-specific patent trends across 12 key patent-intensive industries. In this 13-part …

PTAB Precedential Decision Designations Continue Patent Owner-Friendly Trend

On May 7, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) designated two recent decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) as precedential, bringing the number …
By Steve Brachmann
24 days ago 2

Legislative Recommendation for the SUCCESS Act: Recognize the Inventor

Pursuant to the 2018 SUCCESS Act, Congress directed the USPTO to submit to it a report on the results of a study that provides legislative recommendations for how …
By Jeff Hardin
25 days ago 11

Determining When a Printed Publication is Publicly Accessible

Twice during the last year, the Federal Circuit found itself clarifying the meaning of public accessibility of a printed publication for the purposes of prior art under 35 …

House Drug Pricing Hearing Goes Off Script

Most Congressional hearings are morality plays designed to reach a predetermined outcome. It wasn't hard to predict how the second hearing on drug pricing by the House …
By Joseph Allen
26 days ago 5

Business Method Patents Recover Under USPTO Guidance

Business method patents have recovered under the new 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance. As the graph above shows, allowances per office action (APOA) dropped from 17% before …
By Mark Nowotarski
28 days ago 6

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, May 17: Trump Bans Huawei, Alibaba Shows Improved Brand Protection and China Revises Copyright Law

This week in Other Barks & Bites: Chinese state political advisors suggest changes to the country’s copyright law, including stronger punitive measures for infringement; President Donald Trump …
By IPWatchdog
30 days ago 1