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2 hrs ago | EPO Website News

Eurasian Patent Office: Electronic Filing for International Applications Launched

On 1 September 2014 the Eurasian Patent Office has started accepting international applications using ePCT-Filing software in its capacity as a Receiving Office.


Related Topix: Law

6 hrs ago | The Washington Post

GOP congressman seeks criminal prosecution of patent office cheating

A senior House Republican is asking the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into reports that some federal patent examiners are getting pay and bonuses for time they didn't work . Rep. Frank Wolf , an early champion of letting federal employees work from home, said the reports of time and attendance fraud could undermine the government's expanding use of telework.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Frank Wolf, Employment / Labor Law, Health

7 hrs ago | TechCrunch

Apple Patents A Strange Physics-Based GUI For iPad File And Folder Manipulation

Apple had an interesting patent granted to it today by the USPTO , which describes a graphic user interface on the iPad that more closely resembles a desktop arrangement of files and folders than the current app-based iOS UX. The most interesting part of the patent might be that it uses physics-based animations and interactions to manipulate those files and folders, however, in order to facilitate using touch as the primary type of input, instead of keyboard and mouse.


Related Topix: Law, Weird

Tue Sep 16, 2014

The TTABlog

Reminder: TTAB and PTAB Come to Boston: October 3rd

Not many seats left! You may choose to attend one or both hearings. On Friday, October 3rd, the USPTO's Trademark Trial & Appeal Board and Patent Trial & Appeal Board will hold hearings in the Moot Court Room on the campus of Northeastern University School of Law.


Related Topix: Law, Northeastern University

Log Cabin Democrat

Pryor, Cotton tangle over missed votes, debates

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor on Tuesday criticized his re-election rival, Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, for missing votes this week in the U.S. House, while Cotton accused Pryor of ducking debate on foreign policy issues in their nationally watched race. The only recorded vote that day in the House was on legislation establishing the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which passed on a 327-22 vote.


Related Topix: US Politics, Mark Pryor, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Tom Cotton, 2012 Presidential Election, Law

The Escapist

Airbus Patent Wants Virtual Reality Helmets in Every Airplane

Airbus wants to make your cramped, miserable flying experience a little more tolerable. And how's that? By attaching a virtual reality headset to every seat in an airplane.


Related Topix: Science / Technology, Virtual Reality, Law

The Hill

Dem senator would strip NFL's nonprofit status over 'Redskins'

Sen. Maria Cantwell on Tuesday pushed to revoke the NFL's tax-exempt status over the Washington Redskins' refusal to change its name. "In the next few days, I will be dropping legislation to end that tax status," she said at a press conference.


Related Topix: US Politics, Maria Cantwell, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Law, Tom Coburn, Republican, Senator Angus King, US House of Representatives, Representative Jason Chaffetz

The Washington Post

Three years in, a virtuala patent marking is still useful, still obscure

One of the more intriguing bits tucked inside 2011's landmark patent reform bill called the America Invents Act had to do with a concept called "virtual marking." The notion: that allowing inventors to physically stamp their products with URLs pointing to detailed Web pages, rather than with the digits of a patent number, has a number of selling points.


Related Topix: Inventions, Science / Technology, Law, Education

JD Supra

Addressing Section 101 Issues Through Reissue

The contraction of patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 101 that Alice , Mayo , Bilski , and other recent court cases have triggered has placed a cloud of uncertainty over a large number of patents. [1] Fortunately, though, the law provides patent owners with a process for taking remedial steps to address Section 101 risks in their patent portfolios.


Related Topix: Law, Science / Technology, Inventions


Defining Ownership in a Digital Era: How Makers Are Navigating the Complexities of IP

An emerging set of platforms and services are making it easier for inventors to navigate the complex landscape of copyright and bring their ideas to market. Between 2003 and 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America filed, threatened or settled more than 30,000 cases against individuals who used peer-to-peer networks to share music.


Related Topix: Science / Technology, Inventions, P2P, Law

Patently Obvious

Finding the limits of ineligibility

It is safe to say that hundreds of thousands of U.S. patents rely upon the manipulation of information or laws of nature as fundamental aspects of their respective inventions. Many of these patents rest on shaky ground following the Supreme Court's recent decision in Alice Corp. v.


Related Topix: Science / Technology, Inventions, Law

Mon Sep 15, 2014


Five Tips on How to Get Your Patents Approved

Recent changes in US patent laws stemming from the America Invents Act have made the filing process for a patent a much more competitive and challenging process for the average American inventor. Detractors of these changes claim that they stifle innovation and threaten individual inventors to claim and monetize their inventions, while proponents argue that the new patent laws will strengthen patents due to a more extensive review process.


Related Topix: Science / Technology, Inventions, Law

'Transformational' Change to Patent System, 3 Years In

When the America Invents Act was enacted three years ago this week, it was touted as a major piece of legislation that created the most significant change to the U.S. patent system in 60 years. The impact of the AIA, whose various provisions have been implemented in stages, was barely noticeable that first year.


Related Topix: Law, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, US News

After Setback in Texas, the Fight Against Podcasting Patent Troll Will Continue

We've been closely watching the trial in the Eastern District of Texas between podcasting patent troll Personal Audio and CBS. Today we heard disappointing news: after five days of trial, a federal jury found Personal Audio's podcasting patent valid and infringed by CBS.


Related Topix: Law

Government Executive

Patent Office Confirms Concerns Over Telework Fraud

The Patent and Trademark Office acknowledged for the first time there may be something to the allegations that many of its teleworking examiners are filing fraudulent time sheets, according to a Washington Post report . Following a briefing Friday by agency executives with staff on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Patent Office chief spokesman Todd Elmer confirmed that the Patent Office was now reviewing procedures for its award-winning telework program due to the allegations of fraud.


Related Topix: Law, US Politics, Republican, US House of Representatives, Darrell Issa

Minnesota Lawyer

Up & Coming: Loren Hansen

Loren Hansen is a problem-solver and an engineer at heart. That's why, when his work at Accenture shifted from software design and systems implementation to people management, he went to law school to get involved in patent law.


Related Topix: Law, Mitchell College

JD Supra

Judge Griesa finds a patent prosecution bar does not preclude...

Patentee Endo asked the court to rule that the protective orders in the patent infringement cases it filed against various defendants do not preclude its litigation counsel from assisting its IPR counsel with a PTAB action instituted on the patent-in-suit. The protective orders bar litigation counsel from becoming "involved in patent prosecution of patent applications," participating "in any drafting or amendment of claims or claim language in any patent office proceeding relating to oxymorphone," and also limit the use of confidential information learned during litigation.


Related Topix: Law

Hispanic Business

Galectin Therapeutics Announces Issuance of U.S. Patent for GR-MD-02 in Diabetic Nephropathy

The patent, assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,828,971, was issued The patent covers both composition claim for and uses of the Company's carbohydrate-based galectin inhibitor compound GR-MD-02 in patients with diabetic nephropathy, a type of progressive kidney disease that occurs in individuals with diabetes.


Related Topix: Medicine, Health, Fibrosis, Law, Diabetes, Pharmacology

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Ars Technica

Supreme Court ruling has wiped out 11 "do it on a computer" patents so far

There have been no less than 11 federal judicial rulings striking down patents as "abstract" since the US Supreme Court's June 26 decision in Alice v. CLS Bank.


Related Topix: US News, US Supreme Court, Law, Science / Technology, Inventions

Sat Sep 13, 2014

The week that was: 09/14/14

While Andrew Carnegie's roots run deep in both Pittsburgh and New York, his namesake deli is a New York-only institution, as Pittsburgh restaurateur Wesley Ross found out the hard way. In February, he opened Carnegie Delicatessen and Catering in the Bank Tower building, Downtown.


Related Topix: Law, Allegheny County, PA, Carnegie Mellon University