Posts Tagged: USPTO


After Brunetti: The Trademark Bar Reacts to Fractured Decision

The Supreme Court issued its decision yesterday in Iancu v. Brunetti. As largely expected, the Court followed its own lead in Matal v. Tam and struck down …
By IPWatchdog
1 day ago 2

Supreme Court ‘FUCT’ Case Ends With a Bang: Ban on ‘Immoral or Scandalous’ Marks Fails First Amendment Scrutiny

The Lanham Act’s ban on federal registration of “immoral or scandalous” trademarks is unconstitutional under the First Amendment.  So held the United States Supreme Court on …

USPTO Commissioner for Patents on Life Five Years After Alice: We’ve Come a Long Way

Panelists in this past Thursday’s IPWatchdog webinar, “Dissecting Alice,” gave credit to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the steps it has taken …
By Eileen McDermott
2 days ago 1

Inventors Must Oppose the Draft Section 101 Legislation

When it was announced that I would be testifying to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on IP about Section 101, I was surprised. Not only did they grant a …
By Paul Morinville
3 days ago 34

Other Barks & Bites, Friday June 21: China Releases National IP Strategy, Iancu Discusses Patent Eligibility, and Rubio Amendment Would Prevent Huawei Patent Suits

This week in Other Barks & Bites: Senators Tillis and Coons ask federal agencies to step up enforcement against IP theft; Senator Stabenow and Congressman Cummings ask GAO …
By IPWatchdog
5 days ago 1

Free CLE Webinar: Dissecting Alice at Five: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Join Gene Quinn, President and CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc., on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 2pm EDT for a special free webinar discussion focusing on the Alice decision five …
By Gene Quinn
6 days ago 0

Congress Adds TERM Act and No Combination Drug Patents Act to List of Drug Patent Bills Being Considered

The growing debate over the effects of patents on the rising price of pharmaceuticals continues to encourage the introduction of drug pricing-focused bills in Congress over the …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 0

After Alice: IP Stakeholders Comment on Alice’s Impact Five Years On

Since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice v. CLS Bank five years ago today, patent eligibility jurisprudence and practice have become increasingly chaotic—at least …
By IPWatchdog
7 days ago 66

Perspective: Weakening Alice Will Weaken the U.S. Patent System’s Second Engine of Innovation

Today is Alice’s fifth birthday; some may not be celebrating, but as a birthday gift, John Vandenberg argues the decision was not new law and should …
By John Vandenberg
7 days ago 26

Arguing Device-and-Method Eligibility Under the Present and Future States of U.S. Patent Law

Here's the hypothetical: A patent application has been filed for a new medical device. The device reads various physiological signals from a patient and presents, with previously …
By Daniel Hanson
8 days ago 11

Federal Circuit Issues Precedential Decisions On Who Can Petition for and Who Can Be Subject to Inter Partes Review

Late last week, the Federal Circuit issued Power Integrations, Inc. v. Semiconductor Components Indus., LLC and Regents of the Univ. of Minnesota v. LSI Corp. These two …

Forging Ahead After Losing an Alice Appeal

It’s tough to fight on after losing an Alice appeal, but that’s just what most applicants are doing. An “Alice appeal” is an appeal of …
By Mark Nowotarski
9 days ago 6

Supreme Court Denies 43rd Petition for Cert on 101 Grounds in Villena v. Iancu

Villena v. Iancu (Supreme Court Dkt. No. 18-1223), which is the 43rd patent eligibility case to be considered for certiorari since the notorious Alice Corp. decision, was …

A Look at Google’s Patent Applications for Light Field Technology

Google’s U.S. patent application 20190124318—originally assigned to Lytro, an American developer of light-field cameras, before it went defunct in March 2018—was published in April 2019. Google …
By Benjamin Joe
11 days ago 3

Federal Circuit to University of Minnesota: No State Sovereign Immunity For You

The Federal Circuit today ruled that The University of Minnesota (UMN)—an arm of the state of Minnesota—is not protected by state sovereign immunity from a …
By Eileen McDermott
12 days ago 24