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On 1 September 2014 the Eurasian Patent Office has started accepting international applications using ePCT-Filing software in its capacity as a Receiving Office.
6 hrs ago | The Washington Post
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.  Fortunately, though, the law provides patent owners with a process for taking remedial steps to address Section 101 risks in their patent portfolios.
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.
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.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 08:53 am
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