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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Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Sustains Opposition on the Basis of Fraud

Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Mujahid Ahmad - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB or Board) sustained an opposition on the basis of fraud, finding that Ahmad’s...more

Patent Update for IT and Biotech Companies: New Pieces to the Patent Puzzle

In This Presentation: - PATENT ELIGIBLE SUBJECT MATTER: LIFE IN SOFTWARE/IT AFTER ALICE CORPORATION V. CLS BANK (AND OTHER RECENT 101 DECISIONS) - A Brief History with respect to Software and Biz...more

The Art of Prior Art Searching

Prior to filing a patent application at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), an applicant seeking patent protection for an invention should consider conducting a prior art search. Also known as a...more

Beware of IP Scams-Invention Development

Information about patent and trademark applications, processes and maintenance requirements is much more accessible to the public than it used to be. In particular, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has...more

USPTO News Briefs - November 2014 #2

Prioritized Examination Interim Rule Adopted As Final - Last March, we reported on an interim rule implemented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that expanded the time periods for meeting certain requirements for...more

The USPTO Is Off-Key With International Patent Law Harmonization

As a leader in science, technology and innovation, the United States long has played a central role in global intellectual property matters. As the world’s largest economy, the United States has played a central role in trade...more

Trademark Owners: Beware Of Phony “Government” Communications

Trademark owners should be on guard for unfamiliar or unsolicited trademark correspondence requesting fees for “registration,” “monitoring,” or other legal services, as these may be attempts by private companies to charge...more

Monkey Selfie Redux

When we last examined the intellectual property issues raised by a self-portrait taken by a talented female Indonesian crested black macaque—popularly known as the “Monkey Selfie”—we concluded that there was unlikely to be...more

Inter Partes Review: Lessons Learned and Emerging Trends

Introduced by the America Invents Act (AIA), Inter Partes Review (IPR) first became available on September 16, 2012. “IPRs have really taken off and filings have increased over time as more and more people consider how useful...more

USPTO Explores Crowdsourcing Prior Art

In a Federal Register Notice dated November 12, 2014, the USPTO solicited public comments on the “use of crowdsourcing to identify relevant prior art,” and announced a related roundtable to be held on December 2, 2014 at the...more

BIO IPCC Panel Discusses Impact of Myriad-Mayo Guidance

Yesterday, we reported on a session of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Intellectual Property Counsel's Committee fall conference, which took place earlier this week in Nashville, TN, in which the U.S. Patent and...more

Tips for Writing Effective PTAB Appeals Briefs

Your patent application has been rejected – again. You are ready to file an appeal brief with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and tell three Administrative Patent Judges that the examiner is wrong. ...more

Recent Developments in Patent Law for Medical Device Companies

In This Presentation: - Recent Patent Cases From The Supreme Court - Medical Device Patent Statistics and Cases - USPTO Post-Grant Proceedings: Lessons Learned After Two Years - Excerpt from Recent Cases...more

USPTO Provides Update on Status of Revised Myriad-Mayo Guidance

During a session of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Intellectual Property Counsels Committee (IPCC) fall conference, which took place this week in Nashville, TN, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provided a...more

Demand rising for alternative fees in intellectual property matters

A recent report found that corporate clients use Alternative Fee Agreements (AFAs) more often on Intellectual Property matters than any other practice area. The report provides that clients rely on AFAs for 37 percent of...more

In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC Federal Circuit Argument -- The Patent Office Asks to Have Its Cake and Eat It Too

Last week, the Federal Circuit heard the first oral argument for the first appeal of an inter partes review ("IPR") final written decision for the first IPR ever filed (IPR2012-00001). ...more

USPTO Posts Service Marks Specimens Examination Guide

Earlier this fall, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office posted its final version of Examination Guide 3-14 on the topic of Service Mark Specimens. Among other things, this guide reviews the requirements for service mark...more

Markit to Market - October 2014

The October issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter reviews some highlights from the new USPTO Service Mark Specimens Examination Guide, considers the colorful history of the Störtebeker beer brand name, and...more

USPTO News Briefs - November 2014

ILPO to Act as ISR and IPEA for PCT Applications Received by USPTO - Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that as of October 1, 2014, the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) can act as an International...more

A Peek at the 60 Minutes GenePeeks Patents

On October 26, 2014, 60 Minutes aired a story called “Breeding Out Disease” that included a segment about GenePeeks, a company that uses genetic information from prospective parents to make thousands of “digital babies” and...more

Petitioner Barred from Raising Arguments Not in Petition

TRW Automotive US LLC v. Magna Elecs., Inc. - Addressing the petitioner’s request for rehearing of a denial for review, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB, the Board) denied the...more

Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- University Community Joint Comment

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

The Pitfalls Of Incorporation By Reference And Numerous Arguments In Inter Partes Review

The Leahy-Smith American Invents Act provides post-grant procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before a panel of administrative law judges from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”). The United...more

PTAB Update -- Is "Broadest Reasonable Interpretation" the Appropriate Standard?

One of the more controversial rules concerning PTAB trials promulgated by the USPTO in the wake of the America Invents Act was the adoption of the "broadest reasonable interpretation" ("BRI") claim construction standard for...more

United States and China Patent Offices Launch Priority Document Exchange

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) have launched a new service that will allow the two offices to exchange patent application priority documents -...more

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