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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Nearly Expired Is Not the Same as Expired: The Board Clarifies Claim Construction Standards for Inter Partes Review - Apple, Inc....

Addressing the standard to be applied for claim construction during inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) declined to create an...more

Facts Govern Real Party-in-Interest Determinations - TRW Automotive US LLC v. Magna Electronics Inc.; Paramount Home Entertainment...

Addressing the real-party-in-interest (RPI) requirement of 35 U.S.C. § 312(a) in two separate proceedings, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) emphasized the fact-dependent...more

Final "Ministerial" Rule Amendments for Practice Before the PTAB

On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published its first "Final Rules" package of amendments to the Rule of Practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). Keeping with Director Lee's...more

New Amendments to USPTO Post-Grant Regulations

On May 19, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a final rule amending its regulations that apply to post-grant proceedings. These new rules deal with ministerial changes such as increasing page...more

PTO Formally Issues First Set of New Changes to PTAB Rules, Including Increased Page Limits for Petitioner Replies and Patent...

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) has issued several rule amendments that it refers to as “ministerial changes” to procedures for post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), including Inter...more

Filing Waiver of Service Triggers One-Year IPR Bar Date - The Brinkmann Corporation v. A&J Manufacturing

Addressing the issue of standing to present a petition, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) granted institution of an inter partes review (IPR), finding that the petition filed within one year of filing waiver...more

Mere Receipt of a Copy of the Complaint Does Not Invoke the One-Year Bar Rule - Petroleum Geo-Services, Inc. v. Westerngeco LLC

Addressing the meaning of “defendant” for purpose of the one-year bar rule, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) explained that being served with a third party subpoena in...more

What factors do courts consider in trademark disputes?

For small businesses, it is just as important to understand how to avoid infringement as it is to protect one’s business from infringement. Trademark infringement, speaking generally, occurs anytime there is an unauthorized...more

Yankees Win Big Trademark Battle at the USPTO

On May 8, 2015, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) upheld an opposition instituted by the New York Yankees to block several trademarks from becoming registered. New York Yankees Partnership v. IET Products and...more

Conventional Use of Computer Not Enough to Overcome Alice - Westlake Services, LLC v. Credit Acceptance Corp.; Regions Financial...

In two separate decisions involving an § 101 analysis of subject-matter eligibility of business methods patents (CBMs), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found that the...more

Specific Application Will Not Avoid Ineligibility Unless Required by the Claims - Int’l Securities Exchange LLC v. Chicago Board...

Addressing the patent eligibility of claims from two challenged covered business method patents (CBMs), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found the challenged claims to be...more

US Patent and Trademark Office Implements Significant Changes to Design Patent Application Filings

Significant changes in design patent law became effective May 13. The biggest change is that the U.S. and Japan are now members of the Hague Union. The Hague Union is part of an international treaty that establishes a simple...more

Payment Information Does Not Necessarily Make a CBM - SEGA of Am., Inc. v. Uniloc USA, Inc

Addressing the issue of what qualifies as a covered business method (CBM) under the America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution of...more

Hague to Break It to You: International Design Applications Are Not a Silver Bullet for Multijurisdictional Protection

As of May 13, 2015, the Hague Agreement is fully implemented in the United States. There has been a significant amount of excitement regarding the U.S. accession to the Hague Agreement, which includes an extension of U.S....more

No Special Rules Regarding Consideration of Expert Declarations in IPR Proceedings - In re International Business Machines Corp.

In a non-precedential opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to direct the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to create a particularized written standard for consideration of inter partes...more

#Trademarks?: Hashtags as Trademarks

Hashtags have become ubiquitous in social media, but their status as intellectual property—particularly as trademarks—is still developing. First adopted by Twitter users to link user posts, hashtags are character strings...more

Beware Change to RCE Practice Hidden in USPTO’s Final Rules for Hague Agreement Implementation

Summary: Effective May 13, 2015, a US national stage application for which an inventor’s oath or declaration (or substitute statement, as applicable) has not been filed is not eligible for an RCE filing. On April 2,...more

USPTO Implements Quick Fixes to AIA Review Rules

On March 27, 2015, the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) announced several quick fixes in response to public comments on proposed revisions to the rules for inter partes review (IPR), post grant review...more

Fairchild v. Power Integrations: Because of Right to Appeal, District Court Precludes Reference to Pending Reexamination...

Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. and Fairchild (Taiwan) Corp.'s (collectively, "Fairchild") moved in limine to preclude any reference to any pending reexamination proceeding or any completed reexamination proceeding of any...more

International Design Patent Filing Option Available May 13, 2015, to U.S. Filers

Beginning May 13, 2015, U.S. applicants will be able to file international design patent applications through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, U.S. design patents resulting from applications filed on or...more

Patent Prosecution Updates

On April 14, 2015, the House of Representatives introduced a bill to amend the pre-filing grace period provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). The bill, entitled "Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015" (H.R. 1791),...more

U.S. Ascension To The Hague Agreement Concerning The International Registration Of Industrial Designs

Design patents allow patentees to protect the aesthetic appearance of articles, in contrast to utility patents that protect the utility of an inventive concept. While the scope of protection provided by a utility patent is...more

USPTO Medical Device Technology Fair

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is hosting a Medical Tech Fair & Medical Device Partnership Meeting on June 2-3, 2015....more

FTC and DOJ: The PTO’s Efforts to Enhance Patent Quality Will Promote Competition, Innovation and Consumer Welfare

On May 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) submitted public comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) commending the PTO for its efforts to enhance patent...more

Is the Skype Falling?

An interesting battle ground may be brewing in light of the United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the B&B Hardware case which Duetsblog authors have previously commented on extensively. Now that the Court has...more

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