United States Patent and Trademark Office Patents

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Improving the Examiner Interview with a Little Psychotherapy

Wandering through the aisles of iTunes for interesting podcasts, I came across several on psychotherapy. Wow, I thought to myself; I can sure use these! Many of them are hosted by women who have nice voices and who interview...more

Foreign Filing License in a Jiffy

Foreign filing licenses are pretty routine: file an application and (assuming the application is not marked by a security screener) with the filing receipt or another USPTO official notice, there will be an indication that a...more

Patents harder to obtain now, attorney say

Back in 1899, Charles H. Duell, thencommissioner of the U.S. patent office, purportedly said “everything that can be invented hhttp://cms.jdsupra.com/docuploader/document/related/58d2c8cd-0e40-4396-bbfc-05ecd6f4c0ad/#as been...more

Global Dossier Expanded To More Patent Applications Around the World

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced this week that the Global Dossier program has expanded to include access to more patent applications worldwide. The public including applicants, patent holders,...more

Shzoom Requests the Federal Circuit Reissue Trading Technologies as Precedential Opinion

On January 18, 2017 the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Trading Technologies Int’l., Inc. v. CQG, Inc., its first decision finding a user interface to be patent eligible subject matter. The court designated the opinion...more

Supreme Court Decides SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 15-927, holding that a defendant cannot invoke laches against a damages claim asserted...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 1

In 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) established new post-issuance procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”). Inter partes...more

Practice Tips Learned From the Inaugural PTAB Bar Association Conference

The newly formed PTAB Bar association held its inaugural conference in Washington, D.C. from March 1-3. More than 400 people were in attendance, including a mix of practitioners, in-house counsel, PTAB administrative law...more

Narrowing Jurisdiction in Covered Business Method Proceedings

In 1998, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, Inc., which upheld the patentability of business methods in the United States. Since...more

Utility and Design Patents - Distinctions with a Difference

Patent protection provides inventors with exclusive rights to their inventions for a period of time, if they disclose their invention to the public with sufficient detail, and if the invention is new and not obvious. The two...more

AliceStorm Update February 2017

As many of my readers noticed, I didn't publish any of my own blogs in January and February. As it turned out, I suffered from a peculiar form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), what I would call SMIAD: Subject Matter...more

State Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Legal Malpractice Claim That Required Court To Resolve Federal Issues Relating To Scope,...

Solar Dynamics, Inc. v. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., 2017 WL 519314 (Fla. 2017) - Brief Summary - A Florida appellate court held that the trial court lacked jurisdiction over a legal malpractice action that...more

Michelle Lee Misses AUTM Talk

Although scheduled to be the honored guest at a “Fireside Chat” at the AUTM Annual Meeting Sunday evening, Ms. Lee was a no show. Suddenly the picture on the Program Board was Katherine Ku, head of Tech Transfer at Stanford....more

USPTO News Briefs - March 2017

USPTO Enhances Transaction Security for Deposit Account Authorizations - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced today, March 13, 2017, via a USPTO Alert e-mail that effective Wednesday, March 15, 2017, any charge...more

First Delivery Drones; Now Floating Warehouses

Amazon continues its claims to further innovation in the on-demand delivery space. Its latest patent attempts to give a “lift” to that quest. The USPTO very recently awarded Amazon a patent for giant warehouse blimps that...more

Patents in the Trump Administration: the 2-for-1 order

Everyone in the IP community wonders if President Donald Trump will create a new order in the IP field much the same way he has approached other areas of the government. We had our first glimpse recently when President Trump...more

[Webinar] Understanding Patent Applications and Methods for Best Approaches in Europe and the U.S. - March 29th, 12 noon CST

For patent applications, the disclosure requirements differ among various countries. Two of the most important territories, the United States and the European Patent Convention, scrutinize parts of the patent disclosure...more

Using Functional Language to Define the Capabilities of Structure

35 USC § 112(b) requires that the specification of a patent “conclude with one or more claims particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming the subject matter which the applicant regards as his invention". The failure of...more

5 Key Takeaways: Patent Prosecution Trends

Kilpatrick Townsend attorneys Dr. Jennifer Giordano-Coltart and Andy Rinehart recently presented their assessment of trends in patent prosecution and litigation at the firm’s annual patent CLE in Research Triangle Park....more

USPTO Adds New Features to PatentsView Tool

In January, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the addition of several new features to its patent data visualization and analysis tool, PatentsView, which allows the public to interactively engage, through a...more

The Federal Circuit Considers a New Issue on Appeal, Lectures the PTO on its Burden to Establish Obviousness, and Reveals an...

The Federal Circuit in Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Strava, Inc., Appeal No. 2016-1475 (Feb. 27, 2017), made several interesting points and revealed a disagreement among four of its judges about the proper disposition when...more

Chemistry & Nanotechnology Developments to Watch in 2017

As cases and outcomes make their way into the news this year, we will be watching the following developments closely and sharing them with the IP community....more

PTAB Puts Method Of Treatment Patents Under The 101 Knife

While the Supreme Court decisions in Myriad and Mayo have been applied to diagnostic-type claims, method of treatment patents were thought to be safe from the recent judicial expansion of the patent-(in)eligibility doctrine....more

Round one of the U.S. CRISPR patent battle is over - but what does the PTAB's no interference-in-fact decision really mean?

On 15 February 2017 the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO) delivered judgment in the interference proceedings between the University of California Berkeley (UCB) and the...more

Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank National Association (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Federal Circuit Finds That USPTO Board Interpreted CBM Statute Too Broadly - In an appeal of a Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review, the Federal Circuit overturned a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

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