United States Patent and Trademark Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves a fundamental role in the U.S. intellectual property system by issuing patents and registering trademarks.... more +
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U.S. Patent Office Issues Extensive Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

The United States Patent Office periodically issues guidance for examiners (“Examiners”), often in response to a recent court decision or new statute. These guidelines do not have the force of law, but nevertheless establish...more

Cumulative Art Rejections v. Estoppel: Balancing Competing Interests In IPR Petitions

Inter Partes Review, or IPR, is one of the new procedures implemented through the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act that challenges a patent’s validity at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent...more

Early Assignment of your Invention as a Method to Maintain Priority Rights in a European Patent Application

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been a desirable venue for seeking patent protection in Europe. For instance, a patent application granted by the EPO can provide patent protection in many European countries, such as the...more

IP Newsflash - April 2014

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Rule 11 Sanctions Warranted Due to Plaintiff’s Objectively Unreasonable Claim Construction - A district court in Delaware has granted a defendant’s motion for sanctions against a plaintiff...more

Intent To Use – It’s Not The Thought That Counts

Bona fide intent, the sine qua non of non-use trademark applications, was given new meaning by the TTAB in a decision released unpublished February 21, 2014 but redesignated as precedent on March 26, 2014, thus placing at...more

Calling Non-Traditional Trademarks By Name

Things that are worth talking about need names. Good, distinctive names are best. As you may recall, last year we wrote this about non-verbal logos needing names...more

Consider Design Patents as One Mode of Protection for Product Appearance

In the world of industrial design and branding, the appearance or look and feel of a product can be subject to various forms of intellectual property (IP) protection. Copyrights and trademarks usually come to mind when...more

The Complexities of the USPTO Proposed Attributable Ownership Rules

The USPTO proposed attributable ownership rules would require the public disclosure of the “attributable owner” of patent applications and patents. As discussed in this article, the proposed definition of “attributable owner”...more

Between Scylla And Charybdis: Future Of Software Patents Lies In Supreme Court Balance

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, a case in which the outcome may have a dramatic effect on the future and direction of software patents. Justice Breyer compared the Supreme Court’s...more

International Trademark Registration

Is your brand expanding outside the U.S.? Do you need an international trademark registration? The process can confusing to say the least. Here are some basics you need to know....more

Do the USPTO 101 Guidelines Violate International Trade Agreements?

One advantage of being a blogger in the relatively small world of patents is that I have gotten to know practitioners in other countries who also have a keen interest in patent law. One such person is Australian Registered...more

Prosecution History of Original Examination as Intrinsic Evidence in Post-Grant Proceedings - Tempo Lighting, Inc. v. Tivoli, LLC

In a case arising from an inter partes reexamination while pending district court litigation was stayed for more than eight years, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part, vacated-in-part and...more

USPTO Releases Examination Guidelines for Determining Patent Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released examination guidelines titled Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, &...more

The USPTO Does Not Need the Onerous Proposed Attributable Owner Rules

The Federal Register Notice promulgating the proposed Attributable Owner rules offers some lofty justifications for the rules. Because the rules have been promulgated pursuant to a White House initiative, they are likely to...more

Defensive Publication: An Alternate Way of Maintaining Your Turf in a Competitive Marketplace

It is common knowledge that the bread-and-butter of emerging startups lies in securing exclusive rights to key aspects of their implicated technology. Staking claims to valuable IP assets via direct ownership or exclusive...more

Ola Crapola!

Crapola sounds like something worth saying on the way to Chicago, after discovering the size of your PowerPoint file is too large to get through the recipient’s firewall, and then realizing the USB flash drive containing your...more

The USPTO Glossary Pilot Program

On March 24, 2014 the USPTO announced a Glossary Pilot Program following one of the White House’s recommendations aimed at improving clarity and increasing the quality of patents. In view of our last blog post, the Glossary...more

The USPTO Glossary Pilot Program

In a Federal Register Notice published March 27, 2014, the USPTO announced a Glossary Pilot Program that will offer expedited examination to new patent applications in certain technology areas that include a glossary of terms...more

USPTO March 2014 Update to Guidance & Training for Evaluating Utility Patent Subject Matter Eligibility for Claims involving...

In response to recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions addressing utility patent subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued new guidance and training materials for patent examiners...more

Trademark Review - Covidien and Reynolds (March 2014)

The Board Has Power to Restrict the Scope of a Color Registration - Covidien sought to register a mark that consists of “the color pink (Pantone PMS 806)” as applied to medical connectors and lead wires for use with...more

Intelletual Property Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - USPTO Issues New Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims - Eastern District of Texas Unveils New Patent Case Track - Opening Briefs Submitted to U.S. Supreme Court in...more

The State of Vaccines Under the USPTO 101 Guidelines

In his State of the Union Address given on January 28, 2014, President Obama recognized the need for continued and increased investment in new technologies, including technologies specific to the biological and pharmaceutical...more

Another Patent Acceleration Option: USPTO Initiates Glossary Pilot Program

Beginning June 2, 2014, patent applicants have another vehicle to accelerate examination of a newly filed patent application – add a glossary. The United States Patent and Trademark Office launched today a new pilot...more

Case Filed in 2006 Deemed to be in "Early Stages" and Stayed for Second Time Pending PTO Review

IP Co., LLC's ("IPCO") patent infringement suit against Tropos Networks, Inc. ("Tropos") has a long and tortured, albeit uncomplicated, history. IPCO filed its complaint back in March 2006, alleging infringement of U.S....more

USPTO Issues New Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural...

On March 4, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued final guidance to the Examining Corps regarding patent eligibility of claims involving laws of nature, natural phenomena and natural products. The...more

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