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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Design Protection Goes Global: The Hague Agreement Will Change Industrial Design Strategies

The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, more commonly known as the “Hague Agreement,” is a treaty that establishes an international filing system for industrial design...more

A Slip of the Pen May Cost You Your IPR

The Patent Office is getting inter partes review (IPR) petitions by the boat load. Some patent challengers are adding to the volume by filing numerous IPRs against a single patent. They use each IPR for a distinct set of...more

Comments on USPTO’s Interim Patent Eligibility Guidance (Part 3)

Interim Guidance: Summaries of Patent Eligibility Cases - The Interim Guidance provides succinct summaries of various Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions. As explained by the Office at the January 21, 2015...more

District Court Denies Motion to Lift Stay Pending Inter Partes Review Even Where Plaintiff Agreed to Not Pursue Claims That Were...

Barco filed a patent infringement action in September 2011 against Defendants Eizo Nanao Corporation and Eizo Nanao Technologies, Inc. ("Eizo"), alleging that Eizo infringed various claims in U.S. Patent No. 7,639,849 (the...more

Combinations of Predictable Elements from the Prior Art Need Not Be Advantageous - Nuvasive, Inc. v. Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

Addressing the propriety of combining prior art in an obviousness analysis, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”) determined that a patent for a spinal implant for...more

Limitations on New Arguments and Legal Authority Presented at Oral Hearing - Intri-Plex Technologies Inc. v. Saint-Gobain...

The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) provided further guidance as to what new matter may properly be raised during oral argument, explaining that parties may not present new...more

Tips for Developing a Cost-Effective Foreign Patent Strategy

According to a recent survey of over 100 companies and universities, nearly 93% who filed patent families in 2013 filed at least some of those patent families internationally. While obtaining patent protection abroad is...more

Draft Available Only as a Password-Protected Download Is Not a Printed Publication - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Rembrandt...

Addressing a petition to institute an inter partes review of a patent for communicating between different modem types, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) declined to institute...more

Changes Coming in U.S. Design Patent Law and Procedures

A design patent has long been available in the United States for protecting the ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture (sometimes referred to as an "industrial design"). Thus, design patents can be generally...more

Divided Federal Circuit Panel Upholds Patent Office’s “Broadest Reasonable Interpretation” Standard for Construing Claims in...

In a 2-1 decision in In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, No. 14-1301 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 4, 2015), the Federal Circuit recently held that the Patent Office may apply the “broadest reasonable interpretation” standard to construe...more

Supplementing Information - Post-Institution Pacific Market International, LLC v. Ignite USA, LLC

Addressing a motion to submit supplemental information after institution, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) granted the motion, finding that the information—a supplemental...more

Declarant Must Be Made Available for Deposition in the United States - Square, Inc. v. REM Holdings 3, LLC

Addressing the location of a deposition of patent owner’s declarant, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) concluded that, absent an agreement between the parties to...more

District Court Action Dismissed Without Prejudice Does Not Bar Filing of IPR Petition - Nautique Boat Co., Inc. v. Malibu Boats,...

Addressing whether a district court action dismissed without prejudice bars a filing of an inter partes review (IPR) petition under 35 U.S.C. § 315(a)(1), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal...more

PTAB Warns Patent Owner that Not Participating Will Result in Adverse Judgment - Shire Dev. LLC v. LCS Group, LLC

Faced for the first time with a patent owner unwilling to participate in an inter partes review (IPR), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) permitted the filing of a paper...more

Comments on USPTO’s Interim Patent Eligibility Guidance (Part 2)

The Preemption Requirement - Preemption is the core concern that drives the Court’s “exclusionary principle”. The Supreme Court in Alice stated...more

Trademark Profiteering: Can Let’s Roll, Boston Strong, I Can’t Breathe And Je Suis Charlie Be Registered As Trademarks?

Let’s Roll. Boston Strong. I Can’t Breathe. Je Suis Charlie. Besides being rallying cries for social movements in the wake of horrible tragedies, what do these phrases have in common?...more

Intellectual Property 2014 Year in Review

The year 2014 saw some important developments in the area of intellectual property law. A number of intellectual property-related issues even made national headlines. Who can forget the public debate over the rightful...more

USPTO Holds Forum on Interim Guidance -- Part III

In a forum held last month on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Alexandria campus, Office representatives discussed the Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, which was released in December, and received...more

CBM Review Based on New Combinations of Prior Art - eBay Inc., v. Moneycat LTD.

Addressing an alleged abuse of discretion asserted by a patent owner in instituting a covered business method (CBM) patent review, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) concluded...more

IEEE Clarifies RAND Commitment for Standard-Essential Patents

On February 8, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (“IEEE”) approved changes to the IEEE Patent Policy that provide additional specificity as to the nature of the obligation...more

USPTO Holds Forum on Interim Guidance -- Part II

In a forum held last month on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Alexandria campus, Office representatives discussed the Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, which was released in December, and received...more

Broadest Reasonable Interpretations for Inter Partes Review Proceedings Affirmed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued the first decision in an appeal of a final decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the "Board") under the America Invents Act ("AIA"). In the 2-1...more

USPTO Seeks Input on Patent Quality

As announced in a February 5, 2015 Federal Register Notice, the USPTO is launching an enhanced quality initiative that includes a request for public comment on certain proposals and a two-day “Quality Summit” to be held March...more

Patenting Stem Cells in View of the USPTO’s New Interim Guidance

Late last year, the USPTO issued its modified and revised 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (Interim Guidance) to assist patent examiners and the public in determining if a claim presented for...more

Court Denies Motion to Stay Pending New Inter Partes Review ("IPR") Denied Where PTO Had Previously Declined to Institute an IPR...

The defendant, Samsung, had previously filed IPRs on several of plaintiff's patents, which were granted and denied in part. After the plaintiff reduced its asserted claims to those that the PTO had declined to institute...more

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