The patent maximalists are celebrating overgranting; the USPTO, failing to heed the warning from patent courts, continues issuing far too many patents and a new paper from Mark Lemley and Robin Feldman offers a dose of sobering reality
With the shift away from the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) and with PTAB applying growing levels of scrutiny to patents the likelihood that abstract patents will endure at the patent office or the courts is greatly diminished
35 U.S.C. § 101 does not seem to matter to people whose living is made from litigation and patent pursuits on (or pertaining to) algorithms; we rebut a few examples from the past week, reminding readers that lawyers aren't credible advisors on issues they stand to gain from (at clients' and innocent
Tony Scardino continues to push for Pam Isom as the CIO according to sources. This is a grave mistake, Isom is completely clueless when it comes to IT. She spent half a billion and delivered nothing. Scardino just wants a puppet CIO. Hopefully the new Dir will hire outside.
The patent microcosm together with Andrei Iancu (who himself came from the patent microcosm) is frustrated to have come to grips with quality control; low-quality patents continue to be rejected by courts
The US patent office, which ultimately profits from patent maximalism, is being given too much power/leverage over the laws/policy which govern its operations, enabling the Trump-connected new chief to implement rollbacks which would harm patent quality and empower patent trolls
The stupidity of the patent microcosm, which would like to see everything in the world patented and which would gleefully smear or even sue its critics (the EFF was sued several times for libel over its "Stupid Patent of the Month" series)
As one might expect, people who profit from patent litigation are trying to stop or at least curtail/slow down the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), whose primary function is preventing frivolous patent lawsuits by annulling improperly-granted patents (typically those that are actively being use
The agenda of patent trolls, who are hoping to make Oil States go away, is well served by patent lawyers, who keep bringing up far less important (and far older) cases whose outcome better suited their financial interests
The Donald Trump-nominated and appointed USPTO chief turns out to be the disaster he was expected to be considering the fact that he came from the patent microcosm (from a firm that used to work directly for Trump)
Got a pretty big story about #epo coming up. Over the weekend, however, #swpats and #uspto will be in focus. #iancu really lets down tech companies in order to help #patenttrolls and law firms (which he came from). @uspto
By James Korenchan -- At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Patent Policy Conference last month, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Andrei Iancu (at right) gave a keynote address on the role of U.S. patent policy in domestic innovation and the potential impacts on investment towards the advancement of science and technology. The primary goals of the address was to address the results of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 5th annual study on worldwide intellectual property systems. The study dropped the U.S. patent system to 13th in the world, thereby extending the U.S.'s decline since 2016 (in 2016, the...
By Andrew Williams -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice of proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register (83 Fed. Reg. 21221) today which would provide a change to the claim construction standard used in Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs), Post-Grant Proceedings (PGRs), and Covered Business Method Reviews (CBMs). Instead of the broadest reasonable interpretation ("BRI") standard originally adopted, and blessed by the Supreme Court in Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC v. Lee, the proposed rulemaking would adopt the same standard used by district courts and the ITC. The use of a harmonized standard has been long advocated by patent...
With the Supreme Court approving the actions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, i.e. lending even more legitimacy to Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs), responses are expected to be either silence, personal attacks, or distraction tactics
Serving patent trolls for the most part (nefarious actors that dodge the courts by going after defenseless individuals and/or companies), the US patent office still hands out software patents and law firms -- in addition to their front groups like IPO, IPLAC and AIPLA -- try to urge the US Patent an
The world is slowly but surely marching towards newer and better forms of artificial intelligence, with some of the world's most prominent technology companies and governments heavily investing in it. While limited or specialist AI is the current...
Justice, rooted in the US Constitution and US law, does not appeal to people who claim to be working in the domain of law; instead they just try to twist things in order to maximise their revenue opportunities, as could be witnessed over the past week
As one might expect, law firms don’t want pairs of eyes and attention on Oil States, so they start speaking about a far less critical case — a case that might, under some circumstances, give PTAB even more work
Science and technology don't seem to matter as much as the whims of the patent (litigation) 'industry', at least judging by recent actions taken by Andrei Iancu (following a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee)
Weeks after starting his job as head of the US patent office, to our regret but not to our surprise, Iancu asks whether to limit examiners' ability to reject abstract patent applications citing 35 U.S.C. § 101 (relates to Alice and Mayo)
Going to write a long-ish article about #iancu and #uspto Lots of #epo coverage tomorrow Monday morning a lot about #patents #swpats and #microsoft (if all goes as planned, a sad day today as our dog died, aged 1.5)
As one might expect, the patent extremists continue their witch-hunt and constant manipulation of USPTO officials, whom they hope to compel to become patent extremists themselves (otherwise those officials are defamed, typically until they're fired or decide to resign)
The influence games of Washington are spilling over to the US patent office and poisoning/harming its ability to conduct professional operations without corporate influence (from either side, both corporations and law firms)
The latest examples of Andrei Iancu and David Kappos (current and former USPTO Directors, respectively) found ‘in bed’ with the patent microcosm (like the disgraced Judge Rader and unlike Michelle Lee, whom the patent microcosm constantly smeared to eventually oust)