April 17, 2018 | Blog | By Steven Jensen, Jonathon Western
Software patents are generally directed to a sequence of steps or rules, i.e., an algorithm, performed by a computer programmed to carry out the algorithm. Because algorithms are inherently functional in nature, software patent claims are frequently written using functional, as opposed to structural, terms.
April 9, 2018 | Blog | By William B. Kezer
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) anticipates issuing the 10 millionth utility patent at some point during the summer 2018.
Berkheimer v. HP Inc.: Whether Claim Elements Are Well-Known, Routine, or Conventional Is a Question of Fact
March 12, 2018 | Blog | By Michael Newman, Kevin Amendt
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in February that it was wrong for a judge to rule that a patent was ineligible under the Alice standard because there were underlying factual disputes that could not be resolved on summary judgement.
February 26, 2018 | Blog | By Christina Sperry, Kevin Amendt
Struggling to keep case law relating to subject matter eligibility organized? In February 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released an improved Eligibility Quick Reference Sheet, providing patent practitioners with a useful tool for analyzing claims in view of 35 U.S.C. § 101 subject matter eligibility requirements.
February 22, 2018 | Blog | By Christina Sperry
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is implementing eCommerce Modernization (eMod), as discussed at a USPTO Patent Quality Chat webinar on February 13, 2018.
February 14, 2018 | Blog | By Christina Sperry
On February 6, 2018, in Actelion v. Matal, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).
January 24, 2018 | Blog | By Christina Sperry, Elissa Kingsland
Under U.S. patent law, while there is no duty to perform a search of relevant art, inventors and those associated with filing or prosecuting patent applications as defined in 37 C.F.R. § 1.56 have a duty to disclose to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) all known prior art or other information that may be “material” in determining patentability.
January 8, 2018 | Blog | By Lisa Adams, Derek Constantine
If you purchased anything from a website using a one-click purchase button, you indirectly paid Amazon for that ability, at least up until September 11, 2017 when Amazon’s patent to this technology expired. As a result, one-click purchasing might become the new norm.
December 4, 2017 | Blog | By Christina Sperry
In patent prosecution, the feedback loop between interested parties including patent prosecutors, inventors, and in-house counsel helps to provide the best patent applications and office action responses for a high quality issued patent.
November 6, 2017 | Blog | By Christina Sperry
On November 1, 2017 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented an expansion of the Collaborative Search Pilot Program (CSP), which began in 2015 and ended earlier in 2017, to expedite prosecution of related applications at the USPTO and the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) or Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO).
October 6, 2017 | Blog | By Alex Trimble, PhD
On September 21, 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) signed between the European Union (EU) and Canada provisionally entered into force in Canada.
September 29, 2017 | Blog | By Christina Sperry, Inna Dahlin
This post is a follow-up to our prior post To Seek Design Protection or Not, That is the Question! where we discuss situations where it is worth considering seeking a design patent. Here we highlight takeaways from a USPTO Inventor Info Webinar (the “Webinar”) held on September 21, 2017, that focused on design patent drawing requirements, as well as on other issues on design patents.
June 28, 2017 | Blog | By Terri Shieh-Newton
On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it would be extending the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program, which permits patent applications pertaining to cancer immunotherapy to be examined in an expedited fashion.
May 16, 2017 | Blog | By Christina Sperry, Linda Azrin
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is implementing eCommerce Modernization (eMod), as discussed at a Patent Quality Chat webinar on May 9, 2017.
April 21, 2017 | Blog | By Steven Jensen, Jonathon Western
MPEP §2103(VI) states that when a rejection is imposed, the “Office action should clearly communicate the findings, conclusions and reasons which support them.” Examiners commonly satisfy this requirement by citing one or more prior art references allegedly teaching each of the limitations of a claim.
April 19, 2017 | Blog | By William Geary, Derek Constantine
A variety of options are available to applicants to speed up patent application examination at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
April 4, 2017 | Blog | By Ingrid A. Beattie, PhD
U.S. patent law elevates the importance of “the inventor” to an extent unseen in the rest of the world. Unlike many other countries, ownership of patent applications in the United States initially vests in the inventors listed on the application.
March 30, 2017 | Blog | By Lisa Adams, Derek Constantine
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a new Automated Interview Request (AIR) Form that allows practitioners to submit an online request for an interview with an examiner. The online form allows applicants to request an interview at any time without calling the examiner over the phone and leaving a message, which is a common practice now.
Five things academic scientists should know when pursuing their first patent application – Part II of V
March 30, 2017 | Blog | By Ingrid A. Beattie, PhD
Authorship is the currency of academia, and principle investigators are often generous with technicians and collaborators when listing authors on a paper. However, the identification of an “inventor” has legal significance in the U.S. and cannot be applied to those who have not made an inventive contribution.
March 24, 2017 | Blog | By Steven Jensen
While design patents are gaining wider attention—thanks in part to the highly-publicized litigation involving Samsung and Apple—they still remain an underutilized form of intellectual property (IP) protection. This blog discusses the benefits of design patent protection, and what is required to obtain a design patent.
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