From the USPTO website: "A major power outage at USPTO headquarters occurred Wednesday, Dec. 22, resulting in damaged equipment that required the subsequent shutdown of many of our online and IT systems. This includes our filing, searching, and payment systems, as well as the systems our... read more
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a new platform in September that has some bells and whistles worth investigating.  PatentsView is an analytical tool that lets you dig into patent trends over the past 30-40 years.  For those who like to use tools similar to... read more
Recently, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) added the following order and decisions to its list of Representative Orders, Decisions, and Notices regarding patent post grant proceedings:- A representative order regarding motions to amend patent claims in an Inter Partes Review. The order... read more
Considering how complex intellectual property law can be, it is understandable that many people – including authors, journalists, biz and tech bloggers, tweeple, etc. – confuse the terms and oftentimes speak/write of “patenting a book” or “copywriting a new gadget”.  I also receive a large number... read more
In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, here are a few intellectual property articles you may find interesting… A PHOSITA throwback article:  Remember Ermal Fraze at Your SuperBowl Party On Watching ‘The Big Game’ Separation of Church and Football Enjoy the game! read more
The following Fox News article looks like a “Where’s Waldo” of incorrect intellectual property references. “Stefan Doyno, 19, took out a patent on the phrase 'Change Rocks' three years ago to market his line of boutique jewelry and stones. Through a Web search, he... read more
All around intellectual property and web wunderkind Matt Buchanan has taken his hugely popular PatentFizz site to the next level this past week – bold new colors, new layouts, and useful new content and tools. According to Matt, on his summer vacation he has been anything but slothful:... read more
Continuing last week’s theme (review of the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (pdf): part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5), we’ll be reviewing the provisions of the USPTO’s new continuation rules (pdf) this week. This post will cover the changes to continuation and... read more
You are no doubt on the edge of your seat waiting to see what other changes are in store if the Patent Reform Act of 2007 is enacted.  Well, wait no longer, this blog post brings to you not one, but two more proposed changes to the current Patent System:  (1) Prior User Rights and (2... read more
Let me get this straight, the USPTO is extremely overburdened and therefore had to drop the continuation bomb on the patent world last month…but the House wants to add another USPTO job – ala post-grant review in H.R. 1908?  So basically, instead of using USPTO... read more
The Patent Reform Act of 2007 (pdf here) was approved by the House of Representatives on September 7 by a vote of 220 to 175, and is now awaiting Senate approval. Although a similar bill, the Patent Reform Act of 2006, failed to gain momentum last year, it appears the Patent Reform Act of... read more
Dunes CLE has all the fun - all the while providing an informative and timely panel of experts on intellectual property matters.  It can't get much better than a little gaming, some sun, a beverage of your choice after a day of in-depth legal information. Dunes' Fall, 2007 seminar is rapidly... read more
Information Week reported today that the White House has finally weighed in on the Patent Reform Act currently before the House of Representatives. Regardless of how many Americans seem to feel about our current Commander-in-Chief, it appears that President Bush came to at least one... read more
This morning, the USPTO published the long-awaited final rules limiting continuation practice and requests for continued examination (RCE’s) (Click here for a text file). Among other highlights, the new rules permit two continuation and/or continuation-in-part applications, as well as... read more
According to a short blurb in the Economist online, Japan is the highest per capita patenting patent granting society in the world.  Comparing some of the countries versus populations: China has a population of 1,321,851,888 (est. July, 2007) Japan has a population of 127,433,494 (est.... read more