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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The USPTO’s Response to Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank

Six days after the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, which invalidated certain patents disclosing “a computer-implemented scheme for mitigating ‘settlement risk,’” the USPTO issued its own...more

How Long Is Too Long (or Too Short) for Patent Application Pendency?

The USPTO is requesting input on the “optimal” targets for its patent application pendency metrics. The USPTO’s current targets are 10 months to a first Office Action and 20 months to grant or abandonment. The USPTO wants to...more

The Duty Of Candor: Letting The Truth Shine

“Three things cannot hide for long: the Moon, the Sun, and the Truth.” The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) relies on the truth coming to light to resolve disputes in post-grant proceedings in a “just, speedy, and...more

Derivation Proceedings: What You Need to Know  [Video]

Mark W. Rygiel, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., discusses derivation proceedings, one of several new administrative proceedings at the USPTO created by the America...more

Abstract Ideas: The Patent Office’s First Take on Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

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

USPTO Proposes Rules Changes in View of Novartis v. Lee

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 34681) discussing changes to the rules of practice to implement the Federal Circuit's decision...more

Aftermath of the Supreme Court Ruling regarding Patent-Ineligible Abstract Ideas in Alice v. CLS Bank

Readers are likely aware that the Supreme Court of the United States has issued a ruling, in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL...more

Deputy Directory Lee Announces the Request for Written Comments to Help Improve PTAB Proceedings

In a post from yesterday entitled "Help Improve our AIA Trial Proceedings," Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, announced on...more

Why Are Method of Treatment Claims and Method of Manufacture Claims Subject to Scrutiny Under the USPTO Patent Subject Matter...

The USPTO has asked for written comments on its patent subject matter eligibility guidance by July 31, 2014. In this article, I discuss why therapeutic method claims and method of manufacture claims should not be subject to...more

Dethroning a Right to Register a Trademark?

Last month, you will recall we wrote about the important difference between the right to register a trademark and the right to use a trademark...more

Patents are of National Origin

Patents are Obtained Country by Country - All intellectual property professionals are aware that patents are issued, as a general rule, country by country. However, some inventors are under the misimpression that once...more

CBM Can Turn The Tables In Patent Litigation

New patent infringement lawsuits fill the dockets every morning. The asserted patents are often directed to a process involving financial services or products, electronic commerce or monetary matters. The patents may...more

Joinder Defeats the Bar under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b)

In Enzymotec Ltd. v. Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc., IPR2014-00556, Paper 19, (July 9, 2014) the Board granted Enzymotec’s motion for joinder of IPR2014-00556 with IPR2014-00003. Absent joinder with the other...more

Guest Post: Overview of First Published Comments on Myriad-Mayo Patent Eligibility Guidance

As readers will be aware, members of the public have been invited to submit written comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademakr Office that present their interpretation of the impact of relevant Supreme Court precedent on the...more

Federal Circuit: Eastern District of Texas Should Have Stayed Litigation Pending USPTO Covered Business Method Review Proceeding

Covered Business Method Review (CBM) proceedings for challenging patents at the USPTO are more attractive than ever now that the Federal Circuit reversed an Eastern District of Texas judge’s denial of a motion to stay pending...more

New procedures, laws crack down on ‘patent trolls’

Q: There’ve been several stories lately about proposed laws intended to crack down on patent trolls. What is a patent troll? A: To understand what a patent troll is, it’s best to first understand what a patent really...more

Patent Hold-Up or Patent Hold-Out? Judge Essex Adds His Voice to the SEP-FRAND Debate

Administrative Law Judge Essex recently issued the public version of his Initial Determination in ITC investigation No. 337-TA-868, ruling that the respondents are precluded from relying on the defense that the patent holder...more

Description of a Trademark with the USPTO

Continuing our discussion — from yesterday and the day before – about the description of a mark provided to the USPTO during the registration process, the below images from two unrelated federally-registered, non-verbal logos...more

USPTO Holds Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility -- Part IV

On May 9, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a four-hour long forum to receive public feedback on the Myriad-Mayo Guidance, which was issued by the Office on March 4. According to the Office's Guidance webpage, the...more

Commercial Success But No Nexus

Smith & Nephew, Inc. v. ConvaTec Technologies, Inc. - In the final written decisions of two related inter partes reviews (IPRs), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) sided with...more

Continued Chaos in Obama Administration Patent Policy

President Obama has reportedly decided against nominating Johnson & Johnson executive Philip Johnson in the face of political pressure from the hi-tech industry and Members of Congress, including Senator Charles Schumer...more

Pepsi Gets Grip on MLB All-Star Extravaganza

How cool is it to have the MLB All-Star Game and related events, right here in Minneapolis? Very. As the advertisement shows, Pepsi is playing a large role in the event, as the “Official Soft Drink” of the MLB All-Star...more

Docs @ BIO: The Rest of the Story - Bloomberg BNA Hosts Panel on Subject Matter Eligibility

Last month at the BIO convention, Randy Kubetin, Managing Editor of Bloomberg BNA's Life Sciences Law & Industry Report moderated a panel entitled "Patent Eligibility from the Trenches: Practical Implications of the Supreme...more

Putting Structure and Function Into Context for USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

The USPTO’s ”Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products” has been criticized for requiring a product to be markedly different in...more

USPTO Issues Guidance on Patentability of “Nature”-Related Patent Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently taken a keen interest in whether certain subject matter is eligible to be patented under U.S. law1. In June 2013, the Supreme Court held in Myriad2 that patents on naturally-occurring DNA...more

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