“Be the change you want to see in the world,” says the Dalai Lama.  Well, as far a copyright law goes, here is our chance.The U.S. Copyright Office has released a public draft of its Strategic Plan to modernize its services and policies. The plan is holistic in nature, updating everything from... read more
If you’re an expert in a technical field, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) wants your help. From the USPTO’s website:In accordance with a White House executive action call to strengthen our patent system and foster innovation, the USPTO is expanding its Patent... read more
It’s been three years since the announcement that Dallas-Fort Worth would be home to the Texas Regional Satellite Office for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).   This week, the satellite office will open at the Terminal Annex Federal Building in downtown Dallas, along... read more
In an attempt to use technology to its full advantage, the USPTO, along with the other members of the IP5 Patent Offices, has established a USPTO-hosted user interface titled “Global Dossier” that will allow public stakeholders “to access the full file history on a patent application family from... read more
The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board has started another pilot program to reduce the backlog of ex parte appeals waiting to be heard by the Board. The program expedites appeals for small and micro entities. To be eligible for the program, appellants must meet the following criteria:Qualify as a... read more
Something driving you crazy about the USPTO PAIR or EFS-Web systems? Now is your chance to suggest changes.As recently discussed on the USPTO Director’s Forum, the USPTO eCommerce Modernization (eMod) Project is working to improve the electronic patent application process by modernizing the USPTO... read more
On July 30, 2015, the Patent Office issued an update (“the July Update”) to its December 2014 Interim Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility for patents (“the Guidance”). Notification of the July Update and a request for comments from the public was simultaneously published in the Federal Register... read more
     On Tuesday, November 6, Election Day, Oklahoma ballots will include State Question 766, which proposes an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution to exempt all intangible personal property from taxation, including intellectual property such as patents and trademarks.  ... read more
Today the USPTO announced the launch of an interesting voluntary pilot program called the Patents for Humanity Program. The program is an awards competition for patent owners and licensees who apply their patented technologies to address humanitarian needs.Submissions will be accepted between March... read more
Well, that surely didn’t take long. Gene Quinn, at IPWatchdog.com, points to a letter sent to President Obama (PDF) from over 130 manufacturing companies located in the United States urging the administration to shelve patent reform.  In the letter, the parties clearly articulate their... read more
In what appears to to be the first dismissal of a declaratory judgment action post the Supreme Court’s decision in MedImmune, a court in Minneapolis dismissed two counts seeking declaratory judgment of non-infringement and invalidity (Case 08–cv-00816). According to the ruling: “However, although... read more
One answer may be business … It may be an interesting coincidence, but I dare you to read the linked article from the NY Times about the Supreme Court and its seemingly pro-business rulings of late, and substitute the word “patent” for “business” …. Though... read more
Well, it looks like the USPTO finally updated the front page “news” on their website.  I took some time off watching it to help the trick or treaters out, so I am not sure what time it officially “went live”. So – kudos to the USPTO for taking approximately 7... read more
Well – it appears that the USPTO has sent around a memorandum to the entire examining corps informing them of the injunction. If you want to see the document, click here: PTO Notice.pdf (973 KB). Fairly routine and it doesn’t convey much information… but, it is now 6:10pm Eastern... read more
Hmmm…. As Steve, Matt and I have been noticing – it is 2:47pm Eastern time and the USPTO website still has no news relating to the injunction issued this morning. They, of course, still have up the warning about the Nov. 1st implementation from last week but they apparently cannot... read more