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?
A posting by Dennis Crouch in his authoritative Patently-O blog shows some interesting statistics about how publication of U.S. patent applications before grant has increased the volume and speed of prior art.
Gerry & Lois Elman at the 2009 World Technology Awards in New York City On July 16th Lois and I got dressed up for the World Technology Awards. As a member of the World Technology Network, I've had the honor of participating in the nomination process for awards in the law category since [...]
I had the time of my life at the World Technology Summit and Awards in New York City on July 15th and 16th. I guess it had to be that way, because it all took place in the Time & Life Building on 6th Avenue ... er "Avenue of the Americas" at 51st Street.
We talk about RealSpace in homage to Paul Levinson's book RealSpace: The Fate of Physical Presence in the Digital Age, On and Off Planet. According to Paul, Realspace "is about the need for full, face-to-face interaction with people and the world around us in the age of the Internet. It is about life before and [...]
From a posting on Dale B. Halling's blog State of Innovation at http://hallingblog.com/thomas-jefferson-on-patents/ Thomas Jefferson on Patents “The fact is that one new idea leads to another, that to a third, and so on through a course of time until someone, with whom no one of these ideas was original, combines all together, and produces [...]