In a packed courtroom in New York City, a federal judge hears arguments about gene patents for BRCA By Scott Rylan Powell and Gerry J. Elman On February 2, 2010, Judge Robert M. Sweet at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan heard oral arguments in the case of Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. [...]
The United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") has just published the first issue of Inventors Eye, a new electronic publication for and about America’s independent and small entity inventor community. Inventors Eye will appear every other month. Each issue is expected to feature tips on working with the USPTO; events, organizations and meetings of interest to [...]
Gerry Elman, who's also the webmaster for the Stanford Club of Philadelphia, has recently been recruited to serve as a regular blogger at the Stanford Alumni Association's new site called "What to Read." Gerry's first posting there is about Paul Levinson's time-travel novel The Plot to Save Socrates. C'mon over, visit, and leave a Comment.
Yesterday, Philadelphia patent attorney Stephen Schott posted the following on Prof. Dennis Crouch's Patently-O blog, An Appeal to the New Patent Office Director: Repeal the Single Sentence Rule, arguing for a change in the rule that each claim in a U.S. patent can be no longer than a single (run-on) sentence. Gerry Elman's reply to [...]
Back in the mid-1960s, the Patent Office introduced the practice of "compact prosecution." These days it's entombed in MPEP § 2106(II). Says that section of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure: It is essential that patent applicants obtain a prompt yet complete examination of their applications. Under the principles of compact prosecution, each claim should [...]
David Kappos swearing in as Under Secretary of Commerce and US PTO Director on Thursday, August 13 at 12:30 PM
Tomorrow, U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke will deliver remarks and administer the oath of office to David Kappos, new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7, Kappos will take control of an office that provides incentives to encourage [...]
Press Release: U.S. Department of Commerce Friday, August 7, 2009 Locke Statement on Confirmation of David Kappos as Patent and Trade[mark] Director WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate today confirmed David Kappos as the new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued [...]
From Law.com Legal Blog Watch Posted by Carolyn Elefant on August 5, 2009 at 04:20 PM Dewey, Cheatem & Howe Makes Appearance in Loan Fraud Case "Do we cheat them, and how!" may have been the motto of the two former Mitsubishi dealership employees recently sentenced to prison for a massive fraud in which unsophisticated [...]
This is an American Intellectual Property Law Ass'n (AIPLA) Action Alert: Help Confirm David Kappos as Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office "As an IP professional, you know that we need consistent and stable leadership at the USPTO. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to consider the nomination tomorrow and the entire U.S. [...]
The second phase of a three-phase .cm-domain acquisition opportunity is about to end, heralding the start of phase three. As background, the Republic of Cameroon in West Africa was assigned the country-code top-level Internet domain name (“ccTLD”) consisting of a dot followed by the letters CM, by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, one of the [...]
An article on The Examiner website by Eric Alspaugh shares some basic points about the value of getting a patent. It depends on what you plan to do with the invention. Are you an inventor seeking to make money by licensing it out? Or are you a business with a market to protect?