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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McGruber writes: A month after Slashdot discussed " Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office ," the USPTO issued a statement that it is "committed to taking any measures necessary" to stop employees who review patents from lying about their hours and getting overtime pay and bonuses for work they didn't do. USPTO officials also told congressional investigators that they are seeking an outside consulting firm to advise them on how managers can improve their monitoring of more than 8,000 patent examiners.
The wing's first floor will open , with the second and third floors opening in 2016 and 2017. Each floor has a central theme: The first floor will focus on innovation and feature exhibits that explore the history of American business and showcase "hot spots" of invention.
Ten years ago, Janicke and Ren found that patentees won only 26% of decided cases; we find that number unchanged today. Forty-six percent of patents whose validity was decided in the 1990s were held invalid; today the invalidation rate is 43%.
Last week, on September 2, 2014, Accord Healthcare, Inc. filed what appears to be the second-ever Post-Grant Review . This PGR was for U.S. Patent No.
Recently, a Portuguese wine company, Wine Vision Lda. sought to register the mark "NOPA" in standard characters for "wines" through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
With top Commerce Department officials headed to Capitol Hill Friday to answer allegations about fraudulent practices by patent examiners, the Washington Post this week obtained copies of the whistleblower complaints that set in motion a series of investigations of the patent office. Four whistleblowers, at least two of them managers, submitted lengthy, detailed accounts to an anonymous hotline set up by the Commerce inspector general's office in 2012.
As the consumer 3D-printer space grows, so too are concerns about pirating of digital files, which allow people to 3D print designs without the designer's permission or any direct compensation for its use. In a way, the physical world is about to embark on a similar journey the media industry continues to struggle with in managing and monetizing products that have now gone digital.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 03:42 am
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