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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USPTO Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

On Monday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program, which was launched by the Office in February 2012, is a competition...more

Licensees Not Required to Do Due Diligence Where Inventor Falsely Claimed Exclusive Ownership - Yazdianpour v. Safeblood...

Addressing the grant of summary judgment dismissing a fraud claim where the licensee failed to check the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) website regarding rumors of the inventor’s previous dealings with another...more

New procedures available for invalidating patents before the USPTO

Business executives have long struggled with whether to defend a patent infringement suit in court, try to settle the dispute for less than the cost/risk of defending it, or seek to deal with the problem patent by requesting...more

Making Your Mark: How to Obtain and Protect a Trademark

A key component of the strategy of almost any business is branding: building a name or logo that consumers associate with your business. The law recognizes that words or symbols that demonstrate a business's commercial...more

Hague Agreement Streamlines Registration of Industrial Designs

On April 2, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued Final Rules to implement the provisions of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs. The Agreement is effective in the...more

Filing a Design Patent Internationally? New Rules You Need to Know

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published the Final Rules for implementation of the Hague Agreement for the Registration of Industrial Designs (i.e., design patents). They can be found here. Starting May 13,...more

USPTO Issues Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released its Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. In contrast with last year's report, the 2014 report notes that the Office issued a new strategic...more

US Patent Office Issues Patent No. 9,000,000

When I began my legal career in 2000, we were in the 6 million range for issued patents. Now, nearly 15 years later (with 3 million patents being issued during that time!), we are in 9 million range for issued patents....more

Waiting on Sequenom

As I write this there’s a voice in my head saying, “Be careful what you wish for!” but it has been five months since Sequenom was argued at the Federal Circuit, and the court has yet to issue its decision. In the meantime,...more

USPTO Responds To Criticism By Promising PTAB Rule Changes That Should Benefit Patent Owners

Newly appointed USPTO Director Michelle Lee has responded to public criticism of the post-grant patent review mechanisms provided by the America Invents Act (AIA) by announcing in her blog last week that the government will...more

Creative Interpretation of Abandonment Cannot Save Patent - Hyundai Motor Co. v. American Vehicular Sciences LLC

Addressing a request for adverse judgment by the patent owner, the U.S Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied patent owner’s request, finding that the patent owner...more

Bringing Down the Bauhaus for Trademarks?

We’ve been spilling a lot of digital ink lately on the topic of non-traditional trademark protection and how the functionality doctrine serves as an absolute bar for such protection. As you know, for some time, we’ve...more

Board to Parties: “Call Me” - FLIR Systems, Inc. v. Leak Surveys, Inc.

In an order issued after a post-conference call order, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied patent owner’s request to file a motion seeking sanctions, suggesting...more

Hague Agreement Rules Published by USPTO Creating Strategic Considerations for Applicants

On April 2, 2015, the USPTO published its final rules to implement the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement), with an effective date of May 13, 2015. The Hague Agreement...more

Federal Circuit Panel Blesses BRI Standard for Claim Construction at PTAB But Another Panel May Not

The Cuozzo v. Garmin case, discussed in our blog in January, has been decided in favor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A divided panel decided 2-1 to uphold the USPTO’s claim construction standard used by the...more

PTAB is Revising the AIA rules

On March 27, 2015, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) Director Michelle Lee announced on the agency’s website that a three-phase rule change for improving Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) trial proceedings is in...more

PTO Previews Changes to Inter Partes Review Practice

Justified or not, there has been a significant and growing chorus of criticism regarding the results of about two-and-one-half years of Inter Partes Review practice before the PTAB. As our soon-to-be-released IPR Report...more

No Collateral Challenge of Patent Application Revival

In Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC v. Lee, the Federal Circuit held that the USPTO’s decision to revive a patent application “is not subject to third party collateral challenge” under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). In so...more

USPTO Announces Immediate Changes to AIA PTAB Page Limits

Responding to feedback from petitioners and patent owners, the USPTO disclosed a plan to revise the procedural rules governing post grant proceedings under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”). USPTO Director Michelle...more

USPTO Director Announces "Quick-Fix" and Anticipated Changes to PTAB Practice

On Friday, March 27, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee issued a statement on the PTO Blog indicating several "quick-fix" and proposed rule changes. The "quick-fix" rules package will apply to all newly...more

Delay in Filing IDS Reduces Patent Term Adjustment - Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee

Addressing the issue of whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) properly calculated the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) based on an applicant’s filing of a supplemental information disclosure statement (IDS), the U.S....more

USPTO Announces Significant Reforms in Three Rounds of AIA Rule Changes—Round One: Increased Page Limits for Motions to Amend and...

On March 27, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the first of three upcoming "rule packages" that will clarify and modify rules for proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA). In a blog post on...more

PTO Announces Current and Anticipated "Quick-Fix" Changes to PTAB Practice

On Friday, March 27, Director Lee issued a statement on the PTO Blog, indicating several current and proposed “quick-fix” rule changes. Immediate changes include nearly doubling the number of pages for a motion to amend to up...more

Patent Term Adjustment in the Post-RCE Period

We know from Novartis v. Lee that a patent application does not earn “B delay” type Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) from the time an RCE is filed until a Notice of Allowance is issued, but an application still can earn PTA for...more

A Disclaimer for Disclaimers at the USPTO

You know that feeling when you’ve nearly crossed the finish line? You have done the work, put in the time, and the only step left is to run through the tape. There can be similar moments with trademark applications,...more

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