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  • Stoll faces reality about USPTO funding

    November 04, 2011

    “Honestly, the answer is no.” That was USPTO commissioner for patents Bob Stoll’s frank assessment yesterday about whether the Office will be able to retain all of its fees

  • The scariest Halloween patents

    October 31, 2011

    Free access: A method for rapid fish beheading, a gun for firing grasshoppers and a mechanism for extracting blood? It has to be Halloween

  • USPTO weighs grants for foreign patent filings

    October 27, 2011

    US small businesses could receive federal grants and loans to assist them in registering and enforcing patents abroad, government officials said at a USPTO public forum Thursday

  • Prosecutors battle litigators in patent game

    October 27, 2011

    Patent prosecutors were pitted against patent litigators in a battle of wits, legal acuity and – since survey respondents determined the winning answer – luck, in a session titled “Patent Wars” at the AIPLA Annual Meeting

  • Leahy tells AIPLA: There’s still work to be done

    October 27, 2011

    Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont last week expressed his gratitude to a crowd of AIPLA Annual Meeting attendees for their help in getting the America Invents Act through Congress (free access)

  • USPTO examines prior user rights

    October 25, 2011

    The USPTO began its transition to a first-to-file system Tuesday by holding its first patent reform public hearing on how prior user rights can be incorporated into the US patent system

  • Kappos: We’re depending on you

    October 21, 2011

    If you’re feeling worried about how the America Invents Act will be implemented, “by all means get active in a committee, so you have a path to provide input on these rules,” said AIPLA Immediate Past President, Alan Kasper, yesterday

  • Kappos: 2011 funding is “adequate” – for now

    September 30, 2011

    The day before the USPTO entered into a new fiscal year without an increase in funding, director David Kappos insisted the agency had sufficient means to continue implementing the America Invents Act

  • Nortel, Motorola deals increase strain on in-house counsel

    September 28, 2011

    After the $4.5 billion bid for Nortel’s patent portfolio and Google’s subsequent purchase of Motorola Mobility, company executives have increased pressure on in-house counsel to monetise their IP

  • Fast track launched amid possible government shutdown

    September 23, 2011

    The USPTO will launch the first part of its new three-track patent application system on Monday, as mandated by the America Invents Act

  • Obama seals patent reform deal; USPTO prepares

    September 16, 2011

    As US president Barack Obama signed the America Invents Act into law this morning, the USPTO has already begun hiring in preparation for the many changes imposed by the bill

  • Pooley: US changes could revive harmonisation

    September 15, 2011

    The US move to a first-to-file system “could breathe new life into efforts to harmonise patent law”, said WIPO deputy director general for patents James Pooley on Tuesday

  • Analysis: how the bill was passed

    September 09, 2011

    Patent reform legislation is on its way to the White House after the US Senate overwhelmingly approved the latest bill and rejected three amendments

  • Senate passes “momentous” patent reform

    September 09, 2011

    Patent stakeholders have hailed the Senate passage of the America Invents Act, despite the bill having been watered down over the past six years

  • Interview: David Abrams on the downside of first-to file

    September 07, 2011

    As patent stakeholders brace for an overhaul of the US patent system touted by supporters as a jobs creation vehicle, a report published last week by two law professors suggests that the America Invents Act may discourage small inventors from obtaining patent protection

  • Fee diversion delays final patent reform vote

    September 07, 2011

    Less than 24 hours after the Senate voted to move toward final passage on patent reform legislation, a floor vote on the bill may not happen until next week due to one senator’s determination to end fee diversion

  • Patent reform in view of finish line

    September 06, 2011

    Comprehensive patent reform legislation could finally be sent to the White House this week, following a 93-5 Senate vote Tuesday to close debate and advance to a final vote now scheduled for Wednesday

  • Small business owners dread patent reform passage

    August 31, 2011

    With a top official of the USPTO saying the agency is prepared to begin enacting patent reform legislation as soon as mid-September, representatives of small business interests yesterday warned the America Invents Act could harm innovation

  • With patent reform imminent, most concede fee diversion

    August 11, 2011

    Patent reform legislation is expected to clear Congress mere days after the US Labor Day holiday, starting with a vote September 6 on a motion to close debate

  • Biosimilars highlighted in controversial trade talks

    August 10, 2011

    The co-sponsor of the Hatch-Waxman Act has said he opposes any inclusion of US policy on exclusivity for biosimilars in Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Asia-Pacific countries

  • USPTO aligns with Federal Circuit on inequitable conduct

    July 27, 2011

    The USPTO has proposed amending its Rule 56 governing applicants’ duty to disclose information to the USPTO in order to comply with the recent Therasense ruling

  • Kappos: without access to fees “we will fail”

    July 14, 2011

    In a live interview with Managing IP on patent reform, USPTO director David Kappos said that without access to all of the fees the Office collects “we will fail – I have no doubt”

  • Ask Kappos your patent reform questions!

    July 07, 2011

    What impact will the first-to-file system have on the Office?

  • Conyers PTE amendment could prolong patent reform

    July 07, 2011

    Along with fee diversion language, a provision in HR-1249 regarding patent term extension is threatening to delay passage of a final patent reform bill

  • Google blocked in bid for Nortel patents

    July 01, 2011

    Nortel’s sale of 6,000 patents for $4.5 billion to a group of buyers including Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Sony and Ericsson has put Google last place in the patent race

  • Bilski one year on: still waiting for clarity

    June 28, 2011

    One year after the Bilski decision, claims geared to manipulating and processing data are at risk, according to panellists at a conference last week

  • Patent reform bill faces House obstacles

    June 14, 2011

    The House patent reform bill was stalled today on its way to a House floor vote, but its sponsor is rallying industry support to move it forward

  • Industry groups rally to end to fee diversion

    June 13, 2011

    150 companies across a range of industries have signed a letter sent to House of Representatives leaders supporting a patent reform provision that would end the practice of fee diversion

  • i4i ruling could prompt jury instructions

    June 10, 2011

    While the Supreme Court’s ruling in Microsoft v i4i has maintained the status quo, the Court’s guidance on providing jury instructions in patent invalidity cases may provide a glimmer of hope to accused infringers

  • Administration weighs in on House patent reform

    May 31, 2011

    A letter released today by US commerce secretary Gary Locke fell short of endorsing the House version of patent reform (HR-1249) completely

  • USPTO budget cuts frustrate lawyers

    April 29, 2011

    Following the USPTO’s announcement that it will sharply cut its budget, lawyers reiterated the need to stop diverting user fees to other government programmes

  • Alito sceptical of i4i arguments

    April 19, 2011

    Although no clear winner emerged in today’s Supreme Court review of Microsoft v i4i, Justice Samuel Alito’s blunt questioning of i4i’s counsel revealed his scepticism of the Canadian company’s analysis

  • USPTO challenges Hyatt v Kappos

    April 13, 2011

    The USPTO has filed a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court contesting the Federal Circuit’s ruling in Hyatt v Kappos

  • Microsoft files reply to Supreme Court

    April 11, 2011

    Just 10 days before oral arguments are scheduled in its Supreme Court battle with i4i, Microsoft has filed a formidable reply brief

  • IP agencies plan for government shutdown

    April 08, 2011

    The USPTO and federal courts have announced contingency plans in the event of a government shutdown, but the International Trade Commission will close its doors

  • Pooley: IP helps ideas through the “valley of death”

    April 06, 2011

    WIPO deputy director general Jim Pooley gave an impassioned address defending the value of IP at today's International Patent Forum

  • Kappos urges patent offices to find common ground

    April 05, 2011

    USPTO Director David Kappos today called for a renewed focus on international harmonisation of patent systems

  • Griswold and Beresford honoured at North America awards

    March 30, 2011

    USPTO director David Kappos gave prizes to retired commissioner for trademarks Lynne Beresford and former chief IP counsel of 3M Gary Griswold at Managing IP’s North America awards ceremony in Washington DC last night

  • Business methods shot down by DC court

    March 23, 2011

    The US District Court for the District of Columbia has found a business method invention patent ineligible, after applying last year’s Bilski v Kappos decision

  • Senate passes patent reform; all eyes on House

    March 10, 2011

    Patent owners are waiting to see how the US House of Representatives will respond to the Senate’s decision to pass the America Invents Act of 2011 last night

  • Federal Trade Commission gets tough on trolls

    March 10, 2011

    A report produced by the US Federal Trade Commission on balancing IP and competition has identified serious problems with patent quality

  • US patent filers favour China over Japan

    March 03, 2011

    China’s popularity rose among US patent owners in 2010, while Japan’s fell, according to an annual report released by foreign filing service inovia

  • First-to-file could thwart latest patent reform push

    March 03, 2011

    The US Senate yesterday debated the latest patent reform bill amid continuing controversy over its first-to-file provisions

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