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USPTO announces notice of proposed rulemaking to change AIA trial rules on institution and responsive briefing
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the rules of practice in view of SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu, 138 S. Ct. 1348 (2018). The proposed rule provides that if the Board institutes inter partes review, post-grant review, or transitional program for covered business method patents proceedings, trial will proceed on all challenged claims and on all grounds of unpatentability.

The USPTO further proposes changes to the rules to conform to the current standard practice of providing sur-replies to principal briefs and providing that a patent owner response and reply may respond to a decision on institution.

Additionally, the USPTO proposes a change to eliminate the presumption that a genuine issue of material fact created by patent owner’s testimonial evidence filed with a preliminary response will be viewed in the light most favorable to the petitioner for purposes of deciding whether to institute a review. Thus, consistent with the statutory framework, any testimonial evidence will be taken into account as part of the totality of the evidence.

The full text of the notice is available for inspection at the PTABNPRM2020 within 30 days from the notice of publication.

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May 21, 2020

Copyright Office Releases Report on Section 512

The U.S. Copyright Office today released its Report, Section 512 of Title 17, a multi-year study of section 512 of the U.S. Copyright Act, which is part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). When it enacted section 512 in 1998, Congress designed its safe harbors to provide “strong incentives for service providers and copyright owners to cooperate to detect and deal with copyright infringements that take place in the online networked environment.” The Report examines whether the balance that Congress sought has been achieved, particularly in light of the enormous changes that the internet has undergone in the last twenty-plus years. The Report, the last in a series of studies requested in a prior congressional session, represents the final output of the Office on topics related to the 2013-2015 copyright review hearings held by the House Judiciary Committee.

The Copyright Office concludes that the operation of the section 512 safe harbor system today is unbalanced. In its examination of the balance established by Congress, the Office outlines five principles that guided its review, identifies its findings, and makes several recommendations for Congress to consider. The Report highlights areas where current implementation of section 512 is out of sync with Congress’ original intent, including: eligibility qualifications for the service provider safe harbors; repeat infringer policies; knowledge requirement standards; specificity within takedown notices; non-standard notice requirements; subpoenas; and injunctions. While the Office is not recommending any wholesale changes to section 512, the Report points out these and other areas where Congress may wish to consider legislation to rebuild the original balance between rightsholders and online service providers.

The Report also identifies non-statutory areas of untapped potential to increase the efficacy of section 512 and recommends additional stakeholder and government focus in the areas of education, voluntary cooperation, and the use of standard technical measures. Finally, it provides background information on several proposals submitted by Study participants on approaches that go beyond the original construct of the DMCA, but does not provide a recommendation with respect to those proposals. The Office believes additional study and consultation would be needed before moving forward with such proposals.

The full report, along with the extensive public comments, empirical studies, and roundtable transcripts, is available on the Copyright Office’s website at copyright.gov/policy/section512/.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Thomas Hong, Primary Patent Examiner, USPTO

Guest blog by Thomas Hong, Primary Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Thomas Hong and members of the Korean American IP AssociationThomas Hong (right) with officers from the Korean-American Intellectual Property Organization at the USPTO.

Editorial Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

I am a primary patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). I review patent applications within the mechanical engineering technology center, specializing in amusement and education devices. I also serve as president of the Korean-American Intellectual Property Organization (KAIPO), the USPTO’s youngest affinity group, which aims to promote and support the growth and development of Korean-American intellectual property professionals.

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Registration closing soon for double patenting course

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on double patenting? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “Double Patenting” on June 9, 10, or 11.

Our trainers will lead this course based on recent training delivered to patent examiners. The course has limited capacity, and selection for attendance is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign up by Monday, May 25 to attend.

The USPTO is applying for two hours of CLE credit in Virginia for this course.

Visit the vILT page of the USPTO website to learn more about the program and upcoming sessions.

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USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

On May 8, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, permitting COVID-19-related applications filed by small and micro entities to be put on a fast track for patent examination. Today, the USPTO launched a related webpage, where you can find additional resources and information pertinent to the program.

As outlined in the official notice, up to 500 qualifying patent applications will be accepted for prioritized examination and exempted from prioritized examination fees. The USPTO will endeavor to reach final disposition of applications in this program within six months if applicants respond promptly to communications from the USPTO.

For questions regarding the COVID-19 Fast Track Program, please contact Robert Clarke at 571-272-7735 or via email at covid19PrioritizedExamPilot. For questions about EFS-Web or the PAIRsystem, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center at 866-217-9197.

Note: The program’s effective date is May 14, 2020, not July 13 as erroneously stated in the original Federal Register notice.

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May 18, 2020

Copyright Office Issues Request for Information for Enterprise Copyright System Development

The U.S. Copyright Office is engaged in a comprehensive modernization effort and is assessing its technology systems Office-wide. As part of this work, and working with the General Services Administration, on May 15, the Office issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) on possibilities for potential contractors to manage and develop Office capabilities into a new, web-based, cloud-hosted Enterprise Copyright System (ECS). This is a follow-on market research to an RFI submitted in 2018. The Office hopes to use responses for planning purposes, and also possibly as the basis for a future solicitation or request for more in-depth research. More information and how to respond to the RFI is available here.

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New trademarks examination guide on cheeses and processed meats

The USPTO has issued a new examination guide titled “Marks Including Geographic Wording that Does Not Indicate Geographic Origin of Cheeses and Processed Meats.” The guide sets out procedures for examining applications for cheeses and processed meats in which the mark includes geographic wording that does not indicate geographic origin, but otherwise may be a generic designation for such goods.

The guide can be found on the Trademark examination guides page of the USPTO website. For questions about the guide, email TMPolicy@uspto.gov.

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Patent Center beta training

Patent Center beta is available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single unified interface.

Join us for training on how to use various features in Patent Center, including filing in DOCX. Several members of the eCommerce Modernization (eMod) team will share information and conduct a demo, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Register to attend one of these upcoming webinars:

  • Thursday, May 14, 1-2 p.m. ET
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You will receive instructions for joining the webinar via email prior to the session you registered for.

We encourage you to use Patent Center beta and provide feedback to help shape the future of our systems. Please visit the eMod IdeaScale to provide feedback. More information about Patent Center beta is available on the Patent Center information page of the USPTO website. Future training opportunities will be posted to that page.

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This week: Oral advocacy training under the Legal Experience and Advancement Program

May 13, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board This week: Oral advocacy training under the Legal Experience and Advancement Program Planning to participate in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP)? Join the first LEAP webinar training on oral advocacy this […]

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NewsNet 822: Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule on Secure Tests Affected by COVID-19

May 8, 2020

NewsNet 822 May 8, 2020 Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule on Secure Tests Affected by COVID-19 The Copyright Office has published an interim rule that amends its regulations regarding eligibility for the Office’s special registration procedure for “secure tests.” The prior regulations required that a secure test be administered “at specified centers.” Due to the […]

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USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for small and micro entities

May 8, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for small and micro entities The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program. Under this new pilot program, the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination […]

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USPTO to allow filing of plant patent applications and correspondence v ia patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

May 6, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO to allow filing of plant patent applications and correspondence via patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it will temporarily permit the […]

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Oral advocacy training available for newer practitioners under the Legal Experience and Advancement Program

May 6, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Oral advocacy training available for newer practitioners under the Legal Experience and Advancement Program Planning to participate in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP)? Come to the first LEAP webinar training on […]

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Statement from Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson

May 5, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Statement from Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson Former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson (right) congratulates Andrei Iancu after his ceremonial swearing-in as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, […]

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Spotlight on Commerce: Elizabeth Chu, Social Media Specialist and Acting Website Editor-in-Chief, USPTO

May 5, 2020

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Spotlight on Commerce: Elizabeth Chu, Social Media Specialist and Acting Website Editor-in-Chief, USPTO Guest blog by Elizabeth Chu, Social Media Specialist and Acting Website Editor-in-Chief, USPTO Elizabeth Chu (pictured first row, center) and USPTO communications staff at […]

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USPTO releases a form to assist with making a statement of delay due to COVID-19

May 5, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO releases a form to assist with making a statement of delay due to COVID-19 The USPTO has released a form for making a statement of delay due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The form is in response to requests from applicants for […]

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PTAB designates one decision as precedential and de-designates one decision

May 5, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates one decision as precedential and de-designates one decision Apple Inc. v. Fintiv, Inc., IPR2020-00019, Paper 11 (March 20, 2020) (precedential) This order discusses six factors the Board considers in determining whether to exercise its discretion to institute […]

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Learn about our nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program

May 5, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn about our nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program Learn about our nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program during a webinar for inventors, entrepreneurs, law school students, and professors. The discussion will include an explanation of pro bono services available and a brief overview […]

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USPTO April Monthly Review

May 4, 2020

A look back at the highlights of April 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of April 2020 Journeys of Innovation NASA environmental engineer Jackie Quinn and her team created an emulsion system that removes contaminants from our groundwater. From the ground up As […]

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Learn online how examiners approach double patenting

May 4, 2020

Register by 5/25 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn online how examiners approach double patenting Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on double patenting? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “Double Patenting” on June 9, 10, or 11. Our trainers […]

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NewsNet 821: Artificial Intelligence Symposium Recordings Available Online

May 4, 2020

NewsNet 821 May 4, 2020 Artificial Intelligence Symposium Recordings Available Online The United States Copyright Office has posted videos of its February 2020 symposium on artificial intelligence, co-sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Copyright in the Age of Artificial Intelligence featured an international gathering of expert panelists taking an in-depth look at how […]

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USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies

May 4, 2020

Initial release focuses on COVID-19–related technologies Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled a new web-based intellectual property (IP) marketplace platform, Patents 4 Partnerships, […]

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Webinar: Professional responsibilities and ethics

May 1, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Webinar: Professional responsibilities and ethics Learn about patent practitioner professional responsibilities and ethics during a webinar hosted by our Office of Enrollment and Discipline today, May 1, at 1 p.m. ET. Join online via WebEx. Deputy General Counsel and Director of the […]

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NewsNet 820: Copyright Office Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency

May 1, 2020

NewsNet 820 May 1, 2020 Copyright Office Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency The Acting Register of Copyrights is extending the temporary adjustments to certain timing provisions under the Copyright Act for persons affected by the COVID-19 national emergency. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes the Register […]

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Responding to COVID-19: A joint message of support for inventors from the USPTO and EPO

April 30, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Responding to COVID-19: A joint message of support for inventors from the USPTO and EPO The coronavirus outbreak has changed our daily lives almost beyond recognition. The staff of the European Patent Office (EPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) […]

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USPTO extends certain patent and trademark deadlines to June 1

April 28, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO extends certain patent and trademark deadlines to June 1 In accordance with the temporary authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed by President Trump on March 27, the United States Patent and Trademark Office […]

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PTAB launches the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for the next generation of patent practitioners

April 28, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog PTAB launches the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for the next generation of patent practitioners Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and Scott Boalick, Chief Judge of the Patent Trial […]

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May 7: Webinar on current IP developments in China

April 28, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert May 7: Webinar on current IP developments in China Register to attend “Highlights from the field: Current IP developments in China,” on Thursday, May 7, from 9-10:30 a.m. ET. This free, 90-minute webinar will cover new intellectual property (IP) laws and regulations […]

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Patent Center beta training

April 27, 2020

4/30, 5/4, and 5/6 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Center beta training Patent Center beta is now available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single unified interface. Join us for training on how […]

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Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

April 27, 2020

5/7, 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. ET Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting The next Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) quarterly meeting is on Thursday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. ET. The meeting is online only. View […]

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Petition decision: Inventorship limited to natural persons

April 27, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Petition decision: Inventorship limited to natural persons The USPTO has published a petition decision explaining that, under current law, only natural persons may be named as an inventor in a patent application. The decision is available on the Artificial Intelligence page and […]

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Webinar: Appearing before PTAB

April 27, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Webinar: Appearing before PTAB Curious as to how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is handling proceedings and hearings these days? Come to the “Boardside Chat” webinar on Friday, May 1, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. The […]

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Copyright Office Launches Recordation System Pilot

April 27, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Copyright Office Launches Recordation System Pilot 04/27/2020 11:23 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office launches a limited release pilot for a new document recordation system.

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Recognizing World IP Day

April 27, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Recognizing World IP Day Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu Twenty years ago, the World Intellectual Property Organization designated April 26 as World Intellectual Property Day […]

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Owner email address field now masked in TEAS and TEASi documents in TSDR

April 24, 2020

Our steps to reduce public exposure of your information Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Owner email address field now masked in TSDR We’re taking steps to address your concerns about owner email addresses being visible in TSDR. The owner email address field is now masked in TEAS […]

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ROMAG FASTENERS, INC. v. FOSSIL GROUP, INC., FKA FOSSIL, INC., ET AL., No. 18–1233.

April 23, 2020

Resolving a longstanding split among the circuits, today the Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff in a trademark infringement or unfair competition suit under the Lanham Act is no longer required to show that a defendant willfully infringed the plaintiff’s trademark as an absolute precondition to a profits award. However, willfulness will still be very […]

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USPTO releases report on patent examination outcomes after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision

April 23, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO releases report on patent examination outcomes after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a report authored by its Chief Economist titled, Adjusting to Alice: USPTO patent examination outcomes after Alice Corp v. […]

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Four-on-the-Floor: Keep the Beat with Music Modernization Act Developments

April 22, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Four-on-the-Floor: Keep the Beat with Music Modernization Act Developments 04/22/2020 11:45 AM EDT The Music Modernization Act (MMA) is a historic overhaul to the nation’s music copyright laws. As you may already know, […]

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AAU Contact Center temporary closure

April 22, 2020

4/28, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert AAU Contact Center temporary closure The Application Assistance Unit (AAU) Contact Center will be closed Tuesday, April 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. The unit will reopen at 1 p.m. ET. During the […]

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NewsNet 818: U.S. Copyright Office Issues Three Notices of Proposed Rulema king and One Notification of Inquiry Related to the Music Modernization Act

April 22, 2020

NewsNet 818 April 22, 2020 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking and One Notification of Inquiry Related to the Music Modernization Act Pursuant to the Musical Works Modernization Act, title I of the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA), the Copyright Office has issued three notices of proposed rulemaking and […]

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Patent Center Beta is now available

April 20, 2020

New tool features the ability to submit a single DOCX document Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Center Beta now available Patent Center Beta is now available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single […]

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Moving Forward: The Copyright Office During COVID-19

April 20, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Moving Forward: The Copyright Office During COVID-19 04/20/2020 11:28 AM EDT Like many Americans, the Copyright Office staff and the Office as an organization are experiencing unprecedented challenges since the beginning of the […]

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NewsNet 817: Join Our Virtual Copyright Matters “From Awareness to Action: Innovate for a Green Future” on April 29

April 20, 2020

Join the Copyright Office Online for our next Copyright Matters Join the Copyright Office’s Celebration of World IP Day Online, April 29 11:00 a.m. – noon ET Join the U.S. Copyright Office for our next discussion in the Copyright Matters lecture series “Awareness to Action: Innovate for a Green Future” held online, in celebration of […]

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USPTO announces recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

April 17, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO announces recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) yesterday announced the recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals and law firms who help make the […]

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PTAB designates one decision as precedential and two decisions as informative

April 14, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates one decision as precedential and two decisions as informative Lectrosonics, Inc. v. Zaxcom, Inc., Case IPR2018-01129, Paper 33 (PTAB Jan. 24, 2020) (precedential) Considering Fox Factory, Inc. v. SRAM, LLC, 944 F.3d 1366, 1373 (Fed. Cir. 2019), […]

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Patent Quality Chat: International Patent Cooperation Initiatives

April 14, 2020

4/21 at noon ET Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Quality Chat: International Patent Cooperation Initiatives Join us for the second 2020 Patent Quality Chat webinar, “International Patent Cooperation Initiatives,” on April 21 at noon ET. Learn how we engage in various work-sharing programs and initiatives that […]

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The Breakdown: What Songwriters Need to Know about the Music Modernization Act and Royalty Payments

April 13, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. The Breakdown: What Songwriters Need to Know about the Music Modernization Act and Royalty Payments 04/13/2020 03:52 PM EDT You may have already heard about the Music Modernization Act, or the MMA for […]

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Patent Center beta training

April 13, 2020

4/14, 4/16, 4/21, and 4/23 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Center beta training Join us for upcoming training on using Patent Center tools and filing in DOCX using the Patent Center. Several members of the eCommerce Modernization (eMod) team will share information and conduct a demo […]

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April 17: TPAC quarterly meeting

April 10, 2020

Attend online Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert April 17: TPAC quarterly meeting The next quarterly meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) will be held on Friday, April 17, from 1-3:30 p.m. ET. The meeting will be online only. The agenda and webcast link are available […]

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NewsNet 816: Copyright Office Announces Eighth Modernization Webinar

April 10, 2020

NewsNet 816 April 10, 2020 Copyright Office Announces Eighth Modernization Webinar The U.S. Copyright Office will host its eighth public modernization webinar on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at noon eastern time. As part of its modernization efforts, the Copyright Office is using human-centered design to create new online applications for registration, recordation, and researching the […]

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NewsNet 815: U.S. Copyright Office Extends Reply Comment Period for Online Publication Rulemaking

April 9, 2020

NewsNet 815 April 9, 2020 U.S. Copyright Office Extends Reply Comment Period for Online Publication Rulemaking On December 4, 2019, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a notice of inquiry seeking public comment on a broad range of issues concerning the application of the statutory definition of publication to the online context. The Office received forty-two […]

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The Roaring Twenties Welcome Artificial Intelligence: How Will It All Play Out?

April 8, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. The Roaring Twenties Welcome Artificial Intelligence: How Will It All Play Out? 04/08/2020 12:17 PM EDT The music industry in the 1920s was forever changed with the introduction of the radio. Radio enabled […]

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NewsNet 814: Copyright Office Expands Electronic Submission Options

April 8, 2020

NewsNet 814 April 8, 2020 Copyright Office Expands Electronic Submission Options In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Copyright Office is expanding its capabilities to receive electronic submissions for Office services. While many of the Office’s services, including applications for copyright registration submitted through the electronic Copyright Office (“eCO”) system, are already largely digital, […]

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PTAB designates one decision as precedential and four decisions as informative

April 7, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates one decision as precedential and four decisions as informative Ex parte Grillo-López, Appeal No. 2018-006082 (Jan. 31, 2020) (precedential) This decision to deny a request for rehearing explains that the burden for establishing that a reference is […]

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USPTO answers frequently asked questions on CARES Act relief

April 6, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO answers frequently asked questions on CARES Act relief The USPTO has released a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers for patent and trademark filers regarding the USPTO’s previously announced extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the […]

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NewsNet 813: Emergency Relief for Section 115 Paper Processes During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 6, 2020

NewsNet 813 April 6, 2020 Emergency Relief for Section 115 Paper Processes During COVID-19 Pandemic The U.S. Copyright Office has become aware that some entities may not be able to provide paper Notices of Inquiry (NOIs), Statements of Account (SOAs), and, potentially, associated royalty payments under section 115 of the Copyright Act because the COVID-19 […]

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NewsNet 812: Sarah Garske Named Deputy Director of Copyright Modernization Office

April 3, 2020

NewsNet 812 April 3, 2020 Sarah Garske Named Deputy Director of Copyright Modernization Office Sarah Garske has been selected to serve as deputy director of the Copyright Modernization Office (CMO). Sarah served as a program analyst in CMO since October 2018. Since joining CMO, she has supported multiple Copyright Office modernization projects and initiatives and […]

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NewsNet 811: Registration of Claims with Physical Deposit Copies During Temporary Building Closure

April 2, 2020

NewsNet 811 April 2, 2020 Registration of Claims with Physical Deposit Copies during Temporary Building Closure Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Library of Congress buildings are closed to the public, and the U.S. Copyright Office has implemented extended telework requirements to reduce the number of onsite staff. To mitigate the effect of this temporary closure […]

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USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

April 2, 2020

Program accepting law school clinic submissions through May 31, 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is expanding its Law School Clinic Certification Program by admitting additional schools into the program. Founded […]

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March 2020 Monthly Review

April 1, 2020

March 2020 Monthly Review Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of March 2020 Journeys of Innovation How an IBM Master Inventor found her special gift in the world. Augmenting ability From a young age, Susann Keohane was intrigued by innovation. Though she expressed an […]

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USPTO announces extension of certain patent and trademark-related timin g deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

March 31, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO announces extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced extensions to the time allowed to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and […]

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NewsNet 810: Copyright Office Announces Temporary Changes to Certa in Timing Provisions for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency

March 31, 2020

NewsNet 810 March 31, 2020 Copyright Office Announces Temporary Changes to Certain Timing Provisions for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency On March 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which authorizes the Register of Copyrights to temporarily adjust timing provisions in the Copyright Act if she determines […]

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Spotlight on Commerce: Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner

March 31, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Spotlight on Commerce: Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner Guest blog post by Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Ed. note: This post is part of the […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: April 3 – 6, 2020

March 30, 2020
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Copyright Legislative Developments

March 27, 2020

Bill Recently Introduced and Passed H.R. 748, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Introduced: Mar. 25, 2020. Passed House: Mar. 27, 2020 See Sec. 19011. (a) Amendment.—National Emergency Relief Authority for the Register of Copyrights, pages 769-772 in PDF version

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Filing patent documents

March 26, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Filing patent documents We strongly encourage customers to file via EFS-Web. This online business system is efficient and convenient. EFS-Web filers: EFS-Web for Registered eFilers – Enhanced filing of new patent applications, follow-on submissions, saved submissions, and more. EFS-Web for Unregistered eFilers […]

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Celebrating the Women Leading the Copyright Office

March 25, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Celebrating the Women Leading the Copyright Office 03/25/2020 09:01 AM EDT To celebrate women’s history month, I wanted to write about the five women who have served (and are serving) as leaders of […]

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PTAB designates two decisions as precedential and one decision as informative

March 24, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates two decisions as precedential and one decision as informative Advanced Bionics, LLC v. MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geräte GmbH, IPR2019-01469 (PTAB Feb. 13, 2020) (Paper 6) (precedential) This decision denies institution of an inter partes review based on 35 […]

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USPTO launches the Expanding Innovation Hub

March 24, 2020

A new online platform to encourage greater participation in the patent system Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog USPTO launches the Expanding Innovation Hub, a new online platform to encourage greater participation in the patent system As part of Women’s History Month, the USPTO has officially launched […]

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Registration closing soon for 35 U.S.C. obviousness rejections course

March 23, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Registration closing soon for 35 U.S.C. obviousness rejections course Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on obviousness rejections? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “35 U.S.C. 103 – Obviousness rejections,” on April 14-15. Our trainers […]

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Receiving office communications electronically

March 22, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Receiving office communications electronically We encourage customers to take advantage of the efficiency and convenience of our online business systems. The USPTO currently offers electronic notification of office communications, including office actions to those participating in the e-Office Action program. We encourage […]

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Statement from USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff

March 22, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Statement from USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff The United States Patent and Trademark Office mourns the loss of The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, […]

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NewsNet 809: Electronic refusal letters and decisions in requests for reconsideration

March 20, 2020

NewsNet 809 March 20, 2020 Electronic refusal letters and decisions in requests for reconsideration U.S. Copyright Office staff are currently working remotely in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 respiratory virus. Ordinarily, when the Office refuses to register an application for copyright registration, the refusal letter will be sent to the applicant […]

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NewsNet 808: Copyright Office Updated Fee Schedule Takes Effect Today

March 20, 2020

NewsNet 808 March 20, 2020 Copyright Office Updated Fee Schedule Takes Effect Today The new Copyright Office fee schedule takes effect today. The Office initiated the most recent cost study in June 2017 and proposed an initial fee schedule in a May 2018 notice of proposed rulemaking. The Office received a number of public comments, […]

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USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement

March 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of COVID-19 to be an “extraordinary situation” within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 for affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark […]

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NMTI nomination deadline extended to May 1

March 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert NMTI nomination deadline extended to May 1 We are seeking nominations for the 2020 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the United States. A recorded webinar […]

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USPTO posts responses from Requests for Comments on Artificial Intelligence

March 18, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO posts responses from Requests for Comments on Artificial Intelligence The USPTO has launched a page for artificial intelligence (AI) information on its website that provides information on our AI initiatives, public notices and responses, AI-related events, and outside resources. On it, […]

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NewsNet 807: Registration Special Handling Arrangements

March 18, 2020

NewsNet 807 March 18, 2020 Registration Special Handling Arrangements As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Library of Congress buildings are currently closed to the public. The U.S. Copyright Office has implemented extended telework requirements that result in a reduced number of onsite staff. Consequently, with respect to applications for registration, the processing of paper […]

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NewsNet 806: Copyright Office Continues Services

March 17, 2020

NewsNet 806 March 17, 2020 Copyright Office Continues Services The U.S. Copyright Office continues to be open through our website copyright.gov for online registration, searching copyright-related records, and learning about copyright topics. We are also receiving registration applications and recorded documents sent by mail. Members of the public may submit emails with questions through our […]

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TEACHing from a Distance and Copyright Considerations

March 17, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. TEACHing from a Distance and Copyright Considerations 03/17/2020 10:21 AM EDT The following is a guest post by David Welkowitz, attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel. As the spread of COVID-19 […]

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NewsNet 805: U.S. Copyright Office to Extend Comment Period for Registration Modernization Notice of Inquiry

March 16, 2020

NewsNet 805 March 16, 2020 U.S. Copyright Office to Extend Comment Period for Registration Modernization Notice of Inquiry On March 3, 2020, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a statement of policy and notice of inquiry announcing several intended practice updates to improve the efficiency of the copyright registration system and soliciting further comment on additional […]

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Relief for USPTO customers affected by COVID-19

March 16, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Relief for USPTO customers affected by COVID-19 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of coronavirus to be an “extraordinary situation” within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 and 37 CFR 2.146 for affected patent and trademark applicants, […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: March 21 – 22, 2020

March 16, 2020
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Closure of USPTO facilities to the public

March 16, 2020

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Closure of USPTO facilities to the public Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the public and USPTO employees, all USPTO offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, […]

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USPTO update on in-person meetings

March 13, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO update on in-person meetings Until further notice, examiner and examining attorney interviews, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) oral hearings, and other similar in-person meetings with parties and stakeholders scheduled to take place at […]

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Access the U.S. Copyright Office Online During Temporary Building Closure

March 13, 2020

NewsNet 804 March 13, 2020 Access the U.S. Copyright Office Online During Temporary Building Closure Out of an abundance of caution, all Library of Congress buildings, which includes the U.S. Copyright Office, will be closed to the public until Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. If […]

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View the status of USPTO events on our website

March 12, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert View the status of USPTO events on our website The Events page on USPTO.gov is the best place to find an up-to-date list of upcoming USPTO events. If an event will be postponed or canceled, we will update the listing to reflect […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: March 14 – 15, 2020

March 11, 2020
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Submit NMTI nominations; informational webinar now available

March 10, 2020

Nominations due by April 3 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Submit NMTI nominations; informational webinar now available We are seeking nominations for the 2020 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the […]

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NewsNet 803: Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Fee Adjustments

March 9, 2020

NewsNet 803 March 9, 2020 Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Fee Adjustments The Copyright Office will host a webinar on its new fee schedule on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. The Office is adopting a new fee schedule for registration, recordation, record retrieval, search and certification, the Licensing Division, and other […]

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Fee schedule update

March 5, 2020

Effective 3/1 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Fee schedule update The fee schedule was updated with the following changes, effective March 1: PCT Fees to Foreign Offices 1715: International search (ILPO) – fee increase from $1,016 to $1,036 The fee schedule provides information and fee rates for […]

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Federal Register notice: Clarification of practice for revival, reinstatement, and delayed priority petitions

March 5, 2020

Federal Register published change Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Federal Register notice: Clarification of practice for revival, reinstatement, and delayed priority petitions In order to promote reliability and predictability of patent rights, we are clarifying our practice for situations that will require additional information about whether a […]

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New Commissioner for Trademarks

March 4, 2020

David S. Gooder sworn in Monday, 3/2 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert David S. Gooder is sworn in as Commissioner for Trademarks Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO On March 2, David S. Gooder was sworn in as Commissioner for Trademarks at the USPTO. The Commissioner for Trademarks oversees […]

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March 19: China IP Road Show in Minneapolis

March 4, 2020

Register today Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert March 19: China IP Road Show in Minneapolis Register to attend “Recent developments on IP protection and enforcement in China—What Minneapolis businesses need to know” in Minneapolis on Thursday, March 19. This free, day-long program features informative presentations and panel […]

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Agents and attorneys: Learn to think like a patent examiner

March 3, 2020

4/20 – 4/22 in San Juan, Puerto Rico Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Agents and attorneys: Learn to think like a patent examiner If you are a patent attorney or agent, it helps to think like an examiner. Registration for the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and […]

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Valencia Martin Wallace named Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation (OIPC)

March 3, 2020

Effective 3/1 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Valencia Martin Wallace named Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation (OIPC) Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld has named Valencia Martin Wallace Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation (OIPC), effective March 1. As Deputy Commissioner for OIPC, Ms. Martin Wallace will […]

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NewsNet 802

March 3, 2020

NewsNet 802 March 3, 2020 Copyright Office Announces Intended Practice Updates on Registration Modernization and Solicits Further Comment The U.S. Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice announcing several intended practice updates to improve the efficiency of the copyright registration system and soliciting further comment on additional proposed reforms under consideration. This announcement follows […]

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Though February is a short month, it was action-packed!

March 3, 2020

This month was full of exciting inventor interactions, from Shawn Springs to Dean Kamen, and many more! Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of February 2020 Journeys of Innovation As a professional football player, Shawn Springs experienced the effects of concussions firsthand. The coolest […]

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Learn how examiners approach 35 U.S.C. obviousness rejections

March 2, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how examiners approach 35 U.S.C. obviousness rejections Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on obviousness rejections? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “35 U.S.C. 103 – Obviousness rejections,” April 14-15. Our trainers will lead […]

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Copyright Office Staff Finds Inspiration in African American Works

February 28, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Copyright Office Staff Finds Inspiration in African American Works 02/28/2020 09:45 AM EST As we celebrated the rich cultural contributions of African Americans throughout history, I started exploring creative works inspired by African […]

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Send Us Your Litigation Notices by Email

February 27, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Send Us Your Litigation Notices by Email 02/27/2020 11:03 AM EST You may have heard that the Supreme Court recently confirmed that you are required to register a U.S. work before you can […]

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NewsNet 801

February 27, 2020

NewsNet 801 February 27, 2020 Copyright Office Updates Rules Governing DMCA Designated Agent Directory to Allow Waiver Requests by Email Today, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a non-substantive technical amendment to its regulations governing the DMCA Designated Agent Directory, the Office’s electronic system to designate and search for agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement […]

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Spotlight on Commerce: Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner

February 26, 2020

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Spotlight on Commerce: Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner Guest blog by Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner (Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO) Ed. note: This post is part of […]

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International IP attaché career opportunities

February 26, 2020

Open through February 29 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert International IP attaché career opportunities The USPTO, in partnership with the International Trade Administration, has posted job announcements for two intellectual property (IP) attachés assigned to U.S. embassies or consulates in the following locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil […]

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Nominations now open for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

February 25, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Nominations now open for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu NMTI laureates Joseph DeSimone, Cato Laurencin, and Mark Humayun […]

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NewsNet 800

February 25, 2020

NewsNet 800 February 25, 2020 Electronic Delivery of Litigation Notices Under Sections 411 and 508 The U.S. Copyright Office has published a final rule in the Federal Register permitting the use of email to provide notice to the Office regarding the filing of a copyright infringement lawsuit or a request to the Register of Copyrights […]

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NewsNet 799

February 24, 2020

NewsNet 799 February 24, 2020 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Proposed Rule Relating to Group Registration of Newsletters The U.S. Copyright Office has published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would amend its regulations for the group registration of newsletters. The regulation currently states that newsletters must be published at least twice a week […]

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USPTO in the game at CES

February 24, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog USPTO in the game at CES Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu From left: U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios, Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu […]

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Subscription Change Confirmation

February 21, 2020

You have made the following changes to your U.S. Department of Commerce subscriptions: You unsubscribed from topics: Commerce at a Glance Press Releases You will receive an email update when new information becomes available.

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Subscription Change Confirmation

February 21, 2020

You have made the following changes to your National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) subscriptions: You unsubscribed from topics: Tech Beat CNST News Collaborations CNST Nanotechnology Seminar Series Environment Information Technology Trusted Identities Group (TIG) MEP Weekly E-Blast Manufacturing Materials Science Manufacturing Innovation Blog Technology Transfer/Commercialization Health IT Math Nanotechnology News from the Material […]

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NIST / Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) will be participating in 2 sessions in San Francisco, CA.

February 21, 2020

Planning to be in San Francisco, California next week? Join folks from the NIST Cybersecurity Program and other cybersecurity experts to discuss secure software development framework and use cases for the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Please see below for more information and links to register Session 1: Discussion on Secure Software Development Framework Tuesday, February […]

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NIST Announces the Release of Special Publication 800-171, Revision 2: Protect ing Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations

February 21, 2020

NIST Special Publication 800-171, Revision 2, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations, has been approved as final. The protection of CUI while residing in nonfederal systems and organizations is of paramount importance to federal agencies and can directly impact the ability of the Federal Government to carry out its missions and […]

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Next Week: San Francisco Privacy Framework Roundtables

February 21, 2020

View As Web Page Cybersecurity Insights Next Week: San Francisco Privacy Framework Roundtables Planning to be in San Francisco next week? Join the NIST Privacy Framework team at peer-to-peer roundtables to discuss implementation and roadmap areas. Please see below for more information and links to register. NIST Privacy Framework Implementation Roundtable Tuesday, February 25, 2020, […]

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NIST and RSAC 2020: Back in our Element

February 21, 2020

View As Web Page Cybersecurity Insights a NIST Blog NIST and RSAC 2020: Back in our Element We are thrilled to join the cybersecurity community once again this year at RSA Conference (RSAC) 2020 on February 24-28th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco! Our team will be showcasing our work at Booth #2438 in […]

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New Standard Cigarette, Whale Pregnancy Tests, Video Search

February 20, 2020

Also in this issue: microbalance measurements, radio history, composite materials View as a Web Page A biweekly news digest from the National Institute of Standards and Technology FEBRUARY 20, 2020 Editor’s Note The variety of research topics at NIST is even more awe-inspiring now than when I started working here a decade ago. This diversity […]

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February 26 webinar on NMTI nomination process

February 20, 2020

NMTI nominations due by April 3 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert February 26 webinar on NMTI nomination process We are seeking nominations for the 2020 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of […]

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Call For Papers & Presentations: 29th Annual IEEE Software Technology Conference at NIST

February 20, 2020

STC 2020 29th Annual IEEE Software Technology Conference Call for Papers and Presentations June 1 – June 4, 2020 At the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD USA http://ieee-stc.org The IEEE Software Technology Conference (STC) is for software engineering practitioners and researchers from industry, government, and academia. The conference provides a forum for […]

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The Lifecycle of Copyright: 1924 Works Enter the Public Domain

February 20, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. The Lifecycle of Copyright: 1924 Works Enter the Public Domain 02/20/2020 02:44 PM EST On January 1, thousands of 1924 works entered the public domain. An important part of the copyright lifecycle, you […]

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Make the Baldrige Framework “How You Work”: Lessons from Adventist Health Castle

February 20, 2020

Steve Bovey shares how Adventist Health Castle makes Baldrige "How We Work" View as a Web Page. Make the Baldrige Framework “How You Work”: Lessons from Adventist Health Castle By Christine Schaefer When Steve Bovey first learned about the Baldrige Excellence Framework, he was impressed that it was not “another flavor of the month” among […]

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Baldrige Foundation Quarterly Webinar

February 20, 2020

Click here for a message from the Baldrige Foundation.

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A Better Pregnancy Test for Whales

February 20, 2020

New measurements will help biologists understand a changing ocean. View as a Web Page A Better Pregnancy Test for Whales It’s not easy to do pregnancy tests on whales. You can’t just ask a wild ocean animal that’s the size of a school bus to pee on a little stick. For decades, the only way […]

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NIST Releases a New Standard Cigarette for Testing the Flammability of Mattresses and Furniture

February 19, 2020

The specially designed cigarette is used as an ignition source for soft furnishings. View as a Web Page NIST Releases a New Standard Cigarette for Testing the Flammability of Mattresses and Furniture In efforts to reduce the number of deaths from smoking-related fires, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new […]

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NewsNet 798

February 19, 2020

NewsNet 798 February 19, 2020 Copyright Office Announces New Fee Schedule The Copyright Office is announcing a new fee schedule for services in the following areas: registration, recordation, record retrieval, search and certification, the Licensing Division, and other services. These fees, which track those detailed in a report to Congress in fall 2019, will take […]

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Forensic Handwriting Examination and Human Factors Report

February 19, 2020

View as a Web Page Forensic Handwriting Examination and Human Factors: Improving the Practice Through a Systems Approach The image above shows a handwriting sample from the recently published report. As with all human endeavors, handwriting examination is not immune to error. NIST convened the Expert Working Group for Human Factors in Handwriting Examination to […]

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NIST’s Role in the Early Decades of Radio (1911-1933)

February 19, 2020

J. Howard Dellinger took on the project of calibrating the first radio instrument at NIST. View as a Web Page Taking Measure Blog NIST’s Role in the Early Decades of Radio (1911-1933) Even if you weren’t able to watch the recent Super Bowl on TV, you could still listen to the play-by-play commentary on the […]

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Save the Date – 2020 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference

February 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. SAVE THE DATE! The 2020 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri on Monday & Tuesday, December 7-8. Key upcoming dates: Early April – Call for Proposals July – Early bird registration Keep up to date at the conference […]

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An Early Warning System for Damage in Composite Materials

February 18, 2020

New mechanophore senses damage to fiber reinforced polymers. View as a Web Page An Early Warning System for Damage in Composite Materials A team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a tool to monitor changes in widely used composite materials known as fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs), which can be found […]

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Connect with NICE at RSA Conference 2020

February 18, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. At this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco, CA, NIST staff will be hosting a number of presentations, interactive meetings, demos, and panels. The following sessions may be of interest if you are attending the event from February 24-28.

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Updated Exam Guide for mandatory electronic filing

February 14, 2020

New exam guide effective February 15, 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Rulemaking for mandatory electronic filing On May 30, 2018, the USPTO issued a notice of proposed rulemaking requiring electronic filing and communications with the USPTO in Trademark registration matters. Following the public comment period and […]

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Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works (Fourth Public Meeting)

February 14, 2020

Register now for Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works public meeting, April 7 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Copyright Alert Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works (Fourth Public Meeting) On April 7, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) […]

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Quest Full Schedule Released, Advance Rates End February 20

February 14, 2020

The complete schedule for the 32nd Annual Quest for Excellence® Conference, has just been released, and it features the 2019 Award Recipients, 17 Former Recipients, and much, much more. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of three days of exciting learning, sharing, and networking. Register today and lock in the advance conference rates before […]

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Department of Commerce Renews Temporary General License for 45 Days

February 14, 2020

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it was extending a Temporary General License FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, February 13, 2020 News Media Contact: Office of Public Affairs, 202-482-4883 Department of Commerce Renews Temporary General License for 45 Days WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) […]

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Commerce at a Glance: February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020
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Zero Trust Architecture: 2nd Draft of NIST SP 800-207 Available for Comment

February 13, 2020

Zero trust refers to an evolving set of network security paradigms that narrows defenses from wide network perimeters to individual resources. Its focus on protecting resources rather than network segments is a response to enterprise trends that include remote users and cloud-based assets that are not located within an enterprise-owned network boundary. NIST invites comments […]

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A Tactical Approach to Make the Baldrige Framework Less Daunting

February 13, 2020

A Tactical Approach to Make the Baldrige Framework Less Daunting View as a Web Page. A Tactical Approach to Make the Baldrige Framework Less Daunting By Dawn Bailey The Baldrige Excellence Framework and its Criteria can be daunting for organizations new to the performance excellence model. “When you first open that framework it can appear […]

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Application readiness: Assessing incoming applications

February 13, 2020

Patent Quality Chat webinar Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Application readiness: Assessing incoming applications Join us for the first Patent Quality Chat webinar of 2020, “Application readiness: Assessing incoming applications,” on February 19, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. You’ll learn how we are studying the quality […]

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January was a busy month in the patent world

February 13, 2020

See what we have been up to Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of January 2020 Journeys of Innovation How a statistician’s competitive spirit laid the groundwork for the modern census. Count me in By combining personal experience with progressive technological thinking, Herman Hollerith […]

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The patented boat that won the war

May 14, 2019

The patented boat that won the war In the early hours of June 6, 1944, more than 135,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, in northern France. In spite of stiff resistance and heavy losses, the largest seaborne invasion in history prevailed, paving the way toward Nazi Germany’s surrender 11 months later. This staggering […]

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trademarks are becoming a scarce resource for craft beer – USPTO

May 1, 2019

Brewing the brand Food and beverage trends are often fleeting, but over the past decade one has remained; with hundreds of new breweries opening each year, it’s clear that craft beer in America is here to stay. And while the choices for beer lovers have never been more abundant, this presents challenges to those who […]

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Ford Bronco patent application – roll-up roof becomes slide-out canopy

April 5, 2019

Ford Bronco patent application? Roll-up roof becomes slide-out canopy –John

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Grumpy Cat Wins $710,001 in Copyright Lawsuit: ‘Memes Have Rights Too’

January 24, 2018

https://www.thewrap.com/grumpy-cat-wins-710001-in-copyright-lawsuit-memes-have-rights-too/ John Roberts IndianaPatentLawyer.com

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USPTO to remain open during government shutdown

January 20, 2018

According to sources within the USPTO, they will continue to operate normally for at least a few weeks during a government shutdown by relying on fees collected in the previous year. Even after that they reportedly intend to keep accepting new application filings and to keep their IT systems operating. John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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USPTO Fee Schedule Update

January 17, 2018

On Jan. 16, adjusted Patents fees became effective. The USPTO Fee Schedule has been updated to reflect the fee changes. For more information on the revised fees, see the Federal Register Notice of a final rule: Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017 (Effective January 16, 2018). The fee schedule provides information and […]

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Patenting better ways to pick up Fall leaves

November 15, 2017

There have been numerous inventions directed to making the task of leaf removal easier, including the following: Improvement in Rakes U.S. Pat. No. 148,660 One of the earliest patents on a rake, U.S. Pat. No. 148,660 granted to Edmund Brown, March 17, 1874, is directed “to iron-tooth handrakes, such as commonly used in cleaning leaves […]

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Mark Twain’s role in establishing modern copyright law

November 15, 2017

“A day will come, when, in the eye of the law, literary property will be as sacred as whiskey, or any other of the necessaries of life.” — Mark Twain, speech in Montreal, Quebec, 1881. And so it is. Mark Twain had an important role in establishing the Copyright Act of 1909, which allowed for […]

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Invention of the sports bra

September 14, 2017

Today in 1993, two women inventors received a patent for a protective and supportive brassiere, otherwise known as a sports bra. Their idea developed during a conversation on the fact that there were many male inventors but not enough inventions for women. After discussing what they would invent for women, inventors Sheryl C. Unsworth and […]

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Why the patent system should look more like Indiana and less like Kentucky

August 29, 2017

“A patent is an incentive to develop technology to begin with and to tell people how it works,” said Chief Economist Alan Marco at a recent TEDxTysons presentation. Marco talked about patents and the market for technology, and how it all fits in with economic growth. Learn more by watching his presentation on the parable […]

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7 Ways to Save Big Bucks On a Patent Attorney

June 5, 2017

Good tips for choosing and working with a patent attorney-from Entrepreneur.com: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229315 John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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New TMEP Available

May 9, 2017

The USPTO has issued the April 2017 Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP). This revision clarifies USPTO trademark policies and practices and includes relevant Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and court decisions reported before March 1, 2017. This revision supersedes prior versions of the TMEP, examination guides, or any other statement of USPTO policy to […]

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The Patents and Trademarks Behind Lucky Charms Cereal

March 17, 2017

Lucky Charms™ ever-changing kaleidoscope of multicolored marshmallow shapes are covered by a number of design patents for rainbows, clovers, hearts, balloons, horseshoes, shooting stars and more. Read more about how General Mills protects their product’s unique appearance and branding with patents and trademarks: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-and-trademarks-behind-lucky-charms-cereal-180962517/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com Sincerely yours, John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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Supreme Court Limits Foreign Reach of U.S. Patents

February 28, 2017

This week the Supreme Court in Life Technologies Corp. et al. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538, 580 U.S. __ (2017) (see copy here) ruled that the supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to liability under Section 271(f)(1) of the Patent Act, which prohibits the supply […]

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U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce’s Executives Forum and 20th Annual Chinese New Year Dinner Celebration

February 3, 2017

Roberts IP Law was pleased to attend the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce’s Executives Forum and 20th Annual Chinese New Year Dinner Celebration in Chicago on February 2, 2017. Roberts IP Law would like to thank Siva Yam, CPA, CFA, President of the Chamber, for hosting this event, providing an interesting panel discussion, and inspiring speakers […]

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“The Band Who Must Not Be Named” – Supreme Court to decide whet her the law prohibiting offensive trademarks is unconstitutional

January 16, 2017

Justices to hear free speech clash over offensive trademarks Justices to hear free speech clash over offensive trademarks By Sam Hananel, Associated Press On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether a law barring disparaging trademarks violates a band’s… Interestingly, the law in question relates to prohibiting registration of trademarks the government deems offensive. Whether […]

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Supreme Court Unanimously Bails Out Samsung? Not so fast…

December 7, 2016

For the first time in 120 years the Supreme Court today delved into the murky waters of design patent law. The Court ruled in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple that an “article of manufacture” is not necessarily the whole product. This is important because under design patent law an infringer must turn over its profits […]

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December 1, 2016 changes to the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure

November 28, 2016

On December 1, 2016, important changes to the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure will take effect. The changes include, among others, amendments to the “3-day service” rules. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(d); Fed. R. Cr. P. 45(c). All counsel and interested parties should review and analyze these amendments to assess how pending […]

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Ever encountered an honest Invention Promotion Company?

November 7, 2016

Having dealt with patents since the 1990’s, I, personally, have never encountered an honest Invention Promotion Company. The following article is entirely consistent with what I have seen: https://inventorwarning.wordpress.com/ Unfortunately, by the time an inventor contacts me after having been engaged by an Invention Promotion Company–even after just one phone call with an Invention Promotion […]

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Election Year Patents that Rocked the Vote

November 1, 2016

With the presidential election just around the corner, check out these patented inventions designed to protect your Constitutional right to vote. A big challenge is finding the best way to collect and count those votes. Who can forget the controversies of the 2000 election regarding ballots? Whether it’s a punch card or a touch screen, […]

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Got IP? Intellectual Property supports 45 million higher-wage jobs

October 14, 2016

About one in every three jobs in the workforce is supported by patents, copyrights, or trademarks, according to a new Department of Commerce report. A U.S. Chamber study shows that workers in IP-intensive industries are paid about 30% higher wages than their counterparts in non-IP-intensive industries. The numbers also show how IP works for America: […]

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Using Patents to Cure Cancer?

September 27, 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the winners of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge. The challenge was launched by the USPTO in August as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which aims to speed up patient-focused cancer treatments, increase patient access to clinical trials and therapies, and align […]

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Indiana city has one of fastest rates of startup growth in country

September 13, 2016

Columbus, Indiana-home of Roberts IP Law-has the 15th highest rate of start-ups in the country: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2016/09/12/indiana-city-has-one-fastest-rates-startup-growth-country/90275856/ John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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Teddy bear patents for Teddy Bear Day:

September 9, 2016

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​Implications of Brexit on the Unitary patent for Europe

August 2, 2016

The Unitary patent was initially established with the intent of providing a single European patent covering 25 nations. Countless roadblocks have occurred leaving applicants wondering if and when the EU patent will come into effect. With the recent decision surrounding Brexit, it looks unlikely that applicants will be able to secure patent protection universally throughout […]

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PTAB to Host Webinar on 6/7 re. Best Practices for Effective Arguments

June 1, 2016
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101 Subject Matter Eligibility Law Finally Beginning to Evolve After Alice

May 20, 2016

The USPTO just issued new guidance for patent examiners in dealing with Section 101 issues in view of Alice, which should help with some software patent applications. The upshot is that patent examiners should be careful not to simplify the claims into an abstract idea and then move straight to the second step of the […]

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Trade Secret Law Goes Federal: The Defend Trade Secrets Act

May 13, 2016

Innovators of all types, from independent inventors to large corporations, rely on trade secrets to safeguard their creativity, gain competitive advantage, and further their business goals. But until this week, trade secrets were protected civilly only by state law, and those laws varied slightly state-by-state. Congressional passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and the […]

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Trademark Processing Gets Visual Descriptors

May 11, 2016

On May 7, 2016, the USPTO launched a new status feature in TSDR called the TM5 Common Status Descriptors. This feature provides status of trademark applications and registrations at the USPTO using a uniform set of icons and terms that were cooperatively developed by the TM5. Find more information about the TM5 on the USPTO […]

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New Trade Secret Law Requires Employers to Take Immediate Action

May 11, 2016

Not often does an intellectual property issue arise that requires everyone to take immediate action, but this is one of those rare times. If President Obama signs the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) as expected today, then starting May 12, 2016 all employers will be required by Federal Law to provide a notice of “whistle […]

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New precedential decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)

May 10, 2016

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has designated the following five decisions as precedential: Garmin Int’l v. Cuozzo Speed Techs LLC, IPR2012-00001, Paper 26 (Mar. 5, 2013) – This order discusses the factors considered in evaluating motions for additional discovery in IPR proceedings. Bloomberg, Inc. v. Markets-Alert Pty, Ltd., CBM2013-00005, Paper 32 (May 29, […]

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Your Invention on TV – Win a Million Dollars

May 1, 2016

Roberts IP Law was contacted yesterday by central casting for the television show America’s Greatest Makers. They are looking for inventors, technical designers, engineers, and the like who are interested in winning an ultimate prize of one million dollars by developing an innovative invention using new technology from Intel. See the following link for details: […]

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Video Games: Intellectual Property and History

April 28, 2016

This year’s World IP Day celebrates “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined.” For the video, “Legend of World IP Day,” the USPTO focused on the digital creativity of video games. Go behind-the-scenes and learn about the intellectual property and history of video games – spoiler alert: “failing” is an important step to innovation: World IP Day World […]

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Indiana Lawyer Magazine Features Roberts IP Law Client

April 28, 2016

Bloomington startup cultivates patents for novel way to garden: Bloomington startup cultivates patents for novel way to garden | The Indiana Lawyer Bloomington startup cultivates patents for novel way to …Entrepreneurs in Bloomington have a new and improved answer for the question, “How does your garden grow?” View on www.theindianalawye… Preview by Yahoo John Roberts […]

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Merle Haggard had just turned 5 when the “Jeep” was patented

April 7, 2016

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More changes coming to the rules of practice before the TTAB

April 5, 2016

On April 4, 2016, the USPTO issued a notice of proposed rulemaking relating to miscellaneous changes to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Rules of Practice in the Federal Register. There is a 60-day comment period for the notice, which was published at 81 FR 19295 and is available at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-04/html/2016-06672.htm John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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$85 million patent verdict, largest ever against Google, wiped out on appeal

April 4, 2016

A lot can turn on the meaning of words in a patent claim: $85 million patent verdict, largest ever against Google, wiped out on appeal $85 million patent verdict, largest ever against Google,…Patent describes a failed company’s 1996 desktop notification system. View on arstechnica.com Preview by Yahoo John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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Patented and Patent-Pending by Roberts IP Law

April 2, 2016

Organic Container Gardening — How & Why the Garden Tower 2 Works Organic Container Gardening — How & Why the Garden… View on www.youtube.com Preview by Yahoo John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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new PTAB rules published today

April 1, 2016

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that its Final Rule regarding changes to trial practice under the America Invents Act (AIA) published in the Federal Register today. This Final Rule addresses the claim construction approach for AIA trials involving soon-to-be expired patents, testimonial […]

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USPTO Partners with Law Schools to Hold PTAB and TTAB Trial and Appeal Proceedings

February 11, 2016

USPTO Partners with Law Schools to Hold PTAB and TTAB Trial and Appeal Proceedings The USPTO is pleased to partner with law schools across the country to showcase actual PTAB AIA trial proceedings and actual TTAB trial and appeal proceedings. In addition to the Board proceedings, the USPTO and partner law schools will offer educational […]

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USPTO computer systems crashed

December 23, 2015

According to the USPTO: “A major power outage at USPTO headquarters occurred last night resulting in damaged equipment that required the subsequent shutdown of many of our online and IT systems. This includes our filing, searching, and payment systems, as well as the systems our examiners across the country use. We are working diligently to […]

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Federal Litigators Take Note – New Rules!

December 2, 2015
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Patents: Update of Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)

November 1, 2015

A Revision to the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) has been Published On October 29, 2015, the USPTO issued the Ninth Edition, Revision 07.2015, of the MPEP, which incorporates changes to the laws, rules, and practice necessitated by, or made as a result of, the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA), Public […]

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Trademarks: Update of Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP)

October 30, 2015

On October 30, 2015, the USPTO issued the October 2015 TMEP, which incorporates USPTO trademark practice and relevant case law reported prior to October 1, 2015. The policies stated in this revision supersede any previous policies stated in prior editions, examination guides, or any other statement of USPTO policy, to the extent that there is […]

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How an “F” Student Became America’s Most Prolific Inventor

October 26, 2015

How an F Student Became America’s Most Prolific Inventor How an F Student Became America’s Most Prolific InventorMad, fascinating, lucrative, questionable science. Ideas from America’s most productive inventor. View on www.bloomberg.com Preview by Yahoo John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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Client gets patent – and cover of the local newspaper

September 14, 2015

Roberts IP Law client Brian Irwin recently obtained a utility patent. In fact, Roberts IP Law staff hand-delivered the newly-issued patent to him today at his place of employment, Northside Middle School in Columbus, Indiana. This timing worked well because the story of how he patented his invention was published* in the local newspaper today: […]

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Are you developing wearable or smart-connected technology?

September 1, 2015

Roberts IP Law has been contacted by a casting agent for a new competition television show being produced in conjunction with Intel. They are looking for inventors that are developing wearable or smart-connected technology. If this is you, feel free to give me a call. John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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Prioritized Examination Increasingly Popular with Small and Micro Entities

August 25, 2015

Independent inventors are increasingly taking advantage of a service that puts their patent applications in the examination fast lane. Since 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has offered a prioritized examination process called Track One, which potentially reduces the amount of time for a patent to issue. Track One is a type […]

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A Tangled Dream

August 24, 2015

Free couples counseling doesn’t sound like a pitch for a drain cleaning product, but that’s exactly what one inventor has been told her device provides—in addition to getting a dirty job done. You don’t even realize what my wife’s long hair does to our marriage!”—it’s a variation on a theme Jennifer Briggs, Inventor of the […]

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Case dismissed! – patent invalid under Section 101 in view of Alice.

July 29, 2015

Roberts IP Law working in conjunction with The Law Office of Manuel de la Cerra just obtained dismissal of a federal patent lawsuit at the initial pleading stage with a Rule 12 Motion to Dismiss, prior to claim construction. We successfully persuaded the Court that the patent was invalid under Section 101 because it was […]

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Update of Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) and TEAS Forms

July 11, 2015

On July 11, 2015, the USPTO issued the July 2015 TMEP, which incorporates changes made in accordance with the following rule: Changes in Requirements for Collective Trademarks and Service Marks, Collective Membership Marks, and Certification Marks, published June 11, 2015 at 80 FR 33170. For a listing of all the revised sections, see the “Index […]

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New, inexpensive way to get a design patent world-wide coming May 13

May 7, 2015

The Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement) will go into effect for the United States on May 13, 2015. Accordingly, beginning May 13, 2015, it will be possible for U.S. applicants to file a single international design application either with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) […]

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Brain technology patents soar as companies get inside people’s heads

May 7, 2015

Brain technology patents soar as companies get inside people’s heads Brain technology patents soar as companies get inside pe…By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) – From ways to eavesdrop on brains and learn what advertisements excite consumers, to devices that alleviate depression, the… View on news.yahoo.com Preview by Yahoo John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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May 7, 2015

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Free Webinar May 21, 2015 Helping Inventors With Patent Filings

April 20, 2015

USPTO Is Hosting a Free Webinar on May 21, 2015 Focused on Resources for Securing Legal Representation and Assistance with Patent Filings The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 2 to 5 pm Eastern Time about resources to help applicants secure legal representation […]

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USPTO Announces 2015 Patents For Humanity Winners

April 13, 2015

In 2013 Roberts IP Law client Intermark Partners Strategic Management LLP won the Patents for Humanity Award, for extracting edible protein and vitamins from waste rice bran in Latin America. Today the U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for […]

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Strategies for Protecting Your Company’s IP Globally

January 14, 2015

Join Experts from USPTO, CBP, and FBI in Silicon Valley to Explore Strategies for Protecting Your Company’s IP Globally, while Exploring Global Opportunities in Advanced Transportation, Clean Energy, Air, Water and Land Use: The U.S. Commercial Service, in cooperation with NASA, is hosting a dynamic three-day forum, Discover Global Markets: Sustainable Solutions, February 9-11, 2015 […]

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January 12, 2015

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Indiana Lawyer magazine features John Roberts in article re. patent trolls

December 17, 2014

Frustrations with patent trolls spark push for pest control http://www.theindianalawyer.com/frustrations-with-patent-trolls-spark-push-for-pest-control/PARAMS/article/35895 John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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USPTO releases new guidance on patentability of software

December 16, 2014

Today the USPTO issued new guidance on the patentability of software and other inventions that have been recently struck down as “abstract ideas” under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Alice decision. The updated guidance entitled “2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility” can be found here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-16/pdf/2014-29414.pdf Example […]

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Do you have a patent troll story?

December 5, 2014

Have you or your company ever received a demand letter or been sued by a patent troll? If so, please tell me your story. I am assisting with putting together an article. Thank you. John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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Trademarks: New Guidelines on Service Mark Specimens

September 15, 2014

A new examination guide, “Service Mark Specimens,” is now available on the Trademark Examination Guides page at www.uspto.gov/trademarks/resources/Trademark_Exam_Guides.jsp. The guide describes the elements of an acceptable specimen for services; discusses specific issues and potential refusals; addresses commonly submitted specimens for modern technology-related services; and provides examples of acceptable and unacceptable specimens. John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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Patent Litigation Toolkit for Small Companies

September 12, 2014

USPTO to Host Free Webinar about its Patent Litigation Toolkit Resources The USPTO has launched an updated online library of free resources on the USPTO website to help smaller companies, “Main Street” businesses, and individual consumers better understand what steps they can take if they are subject to a patent infringement lawsuit and/or if they […]

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Patents for Kids! – www.uspto.gov/kids

September 9, 2014

USPTO Launches Redesigned KIDS! Web Pages Pages provide intellectual property education resources for parents, teachers, and students of all ages The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of its newly redesigned KIDS! Web pages aimed to encourage students of all ages to learn about the importance […]

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Innovation Festival at the National Air and Space Museum in November

September 5, 2014

USPTO and Smithsonian Launch New Joint Effort to Showcase American Innovation Innovation Festival, exhibits, and educational programs on innovation to be featured in National Museum of American History, Museum of American Art, and National Air and Space Museum The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today reported that it and […]

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USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow Online and in Seven Cities Nationwide

August 27, 2014

USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow Online and in Seven Cities Nationwide Agency officials will discuss the First Inventor to File provision of the AIA WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host seven roadshows across the country between September 16 and […]

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Fun Summertime Patents

August 7, 2014

Options for summer fun are limitless: cookouts, picnics, barbeques, ice cream socials, camping, riding bicycles, and so much more. But how fun would summer be without some of the great inventions that help us enjoy the season? Portable Barbeque Grill Assembly U.S. Patent No. 4,878,476 Over the years, outdoor grilling has become a favorite pastime […]

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Patent Owners – Beware of Maintenance Fee Scam

August 6, 2014

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has previously warned stakeholders about unsolicited communications regarding maintenance fees, but it’s something that bears repeating. Many patent owners have received unsolicited communications that at first glance appear to be “official” but are not actually from the USPTO. These communications usually contain warnings about the expiration of patents […]

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Data on your phone is now safe(r): a warrant is now required to search your phone (usually)

June 25, 2014

Today the U.S. Supreme Court actually ruled in favor of an individual’s privacy over government snooping (see opinion, linked-to below). The rule in California had been that police could search a person’s phone without a warrant whenever they were arrested for any reason, unless the data on the phone was encrypted. The Supreme Court today […]

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Today the U.S. Supreme Court reported its long-awaited business method / software / computer system patentability decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International.

June 19, 2014

Today the U.S. Supreme Court reported its long-awaited business method / software / computer system patentability decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International (link below). The Court affirmed that Alice’s patents for computer-implemented methods of reducing settlement risk were unpatentable “abstract ideas.” This case reached the high court after a severely split Federal Circuit […]

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Also today, the Supreme Court made method claims harder to infringe

June 2, 2014

Today the U.S. Supreme Court also decided Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., and reversed the Federal Circuit’s en banc holding that a defendant need not perform all of the steps of a claim to infringe where it performs some and induces third parties to perform the rest. No. 12-786, slip op. at 1 […]

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The Supreme Court just changed the “definiteness” requirement for patents

June 2, 2014

Today the U.S. Supreme Court in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. changed the standard for definiteness required to fulfill the statutory requirement that patent claims particularly point out and distinctly claim the subject matter that the applicant regards as the invention. In Nautilus, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected the “insolubly ambiguous” standard previously […]

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What Angel Investors Look For in a Startup:

May 8, 2014

*Skin in the game *Scalability *Personal integrity http://www.inc.com/abigail-tracy/david-rose-talks-angel-investing.html John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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Think you’re safe from being sued for patent infringement? Think again.

April 10, 2014

http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/04/09/rise-of-the-patent-troll/ This fun video explains why anyone who does anything on the Internet is an open target for being sued in federal court for patent infringement, which is rightly known as the “root canal” of litigation. John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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USPTO Issues New Patentability Guidelines on Products of Nature, Laws of Nature, and Natural Phenomena

March 5, 2014

The USPTO has issued a new set of training materials to guide patent examiners in determining whether patent claims improperly encompass laws of nature, natural principles, natural phenomena, or products of nature, which are not patentable. The updated guidance is necessary based upon the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad […]

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Apply For Indiana Tech Innovation Awards – Only Two Days Left

January 29, 2014

Elevate Indiana has an awards program that could provide Indiana innovators some great visibility. But the deadline is looming this Friday–see details below: Nominate or Apply to be a Winner Today! Tech Innovation of the Year Tech Services Award Tech Sales and Marketing Award Tech Startup of the Year Emerging Tech Company of the Year […]

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Some USPTO Patent Fees Lowered Effective January 1, 2014

January 7, 2014

In early 2013, the USPTO raised many of its fees while a few were lowered (see Federal Register Notice re: Final Rule – Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees (Effective March 19, 2013) [PDF] (January 18, 2013)). While the fee increases took place almost a year ago, the following fee reductions were delayed until January 1, […]

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Timeline Comparing USPTO Patent Application Initiatives

December 26, 2013

The USPTO has released a new Patent Application Initiatives Timeline web page to assist patent applicants. This new web page displays patent application timelines for various USPTO patent programs and initiatives, including: Track One Prioritized Examination Accelerated Examination Full First Action Interview Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway 2.0 Petitions to Make Special Ombudsman Program Information Disclosure […]

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Gun Patents Set 35-Year Record

December 6, 2013

Of 6,077 patents issued in the firearms class since 1977, 19 percent issued in the past four years, while a record 370 issued last year, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-02/gun-patents-set-35-year-record-as-limits-on-sales-fail.html John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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USPTO Designates Kentucky Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

December 5, 2013

USPTO Designates Kentucky Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center Center now open to support intellectual property needs of inventors and entrepreneurs Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the W. Frank Steely Library […]

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Poinsettia Patents (image)

December 3, 2013
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Poinsettias, Patents, & My Former Hometown of Encinitas

December 3, 2013

Patently Poinsettia Children are said during the holidays to have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads—although it is unclear how many children today know what a sugar plum is—but the poinsettia remains the favorite of holiday home decorators. Its multitude of colors, range of sizes, and rich varieties make the poinsettia a classic […]

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USPTO’s After Final Consideration Pilot Extended

November 26, 2013

Announcing Extension of AFCP 2.0 The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0), which had been scheduled to expire on December 14, 2013, has been extended through September 30, 2014. The terms of the AFCP 2.0 program, as implemented May 13, 2013, are unchanged. Visit www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/afcp.jsp to learn more about AFCP 2.0. Like AFCP, AFCP […]

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USPTO 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Available for Public Review and Comment

November 22, 2013

The USPTO posted a draft of its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014-2018 for public review and comment on the USPTO website: http://www.uspto.gov/about/stratplan/index.jsp The plan sets out the USPTO’s mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and timeliness; and to provide global and domestic leadership to improve intellectual property […]

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USPTO releases new TMEP (Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure)

October 30, 2013

On October 30, 2013, the USPTO issued the October 2013 TMEP, which incorporates USPTO trademark practice, amendments to the Trademark Rules, and relevant case law reported prior to October 1, 2013. The policies stated in this revision supersede any previous policies stated in prior editions, examination guides, or any other statement of USPTO policy, to […]

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USPTO Annual Independent Inventor Conference

September 11, 2013

USPTO to Host 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference Two-day event to address intellectual property topics relevant to inventors and small businesses Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host its 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference on October 11-12, 2013, at the USPTO headquarters […]

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The Impact Of The Acquisition And Use Of Patents On The Smartphone Industry

August 14, 2013

New study reveals the impact of patents on the smartphone industry << clip_study.pdf

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USPTO to Seek Feedback on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy

August 13, 2013

USPTO to Seek Feedback on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) released, Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy, a green paper and starting point for a broader discussion on policy issues critical to economic growth. The U.S. Patent and Trademark […]

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Hot Off The Presses – USPTO Issues New TBMP

June 28, 2013

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the USPTO’s TRADEMARK TRIAL AND APPEAL BOARD (TTAB) issued the June 2013 update of the TRADEMARK TRIAL AND APPEAL BOARD MANUAL OF PROCEDURE (TBMP), attached. The new TBMP incorporates current Board practice and precedential decisions that issued between March 3, 2012 and March 1, 2013, as well as the changes, […]

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The Supreme Court Got It Right Today, Unanimously Ruling That Human Genes Cannot Be Patented.

June 13, 2013

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled today, June 13, 2013, that human genes cannot be patented. Isolating genes not enough; but synthetic genes probably still patentable. “Genes and the information they encode are not patent-eligible under [federal law] simply because they have been isolated from the surrounding genetic material,” said Justice Clarence Thomas for the 9-0 […]

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White House Announces New Task Force on High Tech Patent Issues — Issues Report on Patent Trolls

June 7, 2013

Today the White House announced major steps to improve incentives for future innovation in high tech patents, a key driver of economic growth and good paying American jobs. The White House issued five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations designed to protect innovators from frivolous litigation and ensure patent quality. The White House cites the […]

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USPTO recognizes a collaboration of Indiana inventors

June 4, 2013

USPTO recognizes Roberts IP Law client Intermark Partners Strategic Management LLC, a collaboration of Indiana inventors, for changing lives with their invention. Opportunity at the Base of the Pyramid: Lessons from Patents for Humanity The power to invent gives us the power to change lives, and every day we experience this through modern technologies that […]

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Should you register your trademarks? Get the basic facts:

May 31, 2013

Click to access BasicFacts.pdf John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com BasicFacts.pdf

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Vermont’s anti-patent-troll act: something for Indiana to consider?

May 28, 2013

Patent trolls often send baseless demand letters to small businesses that are less expensive to pay than to fight Vermont is attempting to make its state more attractive to businesses by enacting an anti-patent-troll act at the state level Roberts IP Law has several clients in Indiana who have been burdened with these types of […]

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Roberts IP Law client wins Patents for Humanity Award – Congratulations!

April 12, 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that Roberts IP Law client Intermark Partners Strategic Management LLP won the Patents for Humanity Award, for extracting edible protein and vitamins from waste rice bran in Latin America. The Patents for Humanity Award is a pilot program recognizing patent holders who are addressing global humanitarian challenges.

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First Inventor to File Is Here: Learn How It Works

April 10, 2013

On March 18, 2013, the United States implemented one of the most important components of the America Invents Act (AIA) by adopting a “first-inventor-to-file” patent system. The new system brings more certainty and objectivity to the patent process. In addition, it brings the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in line with other nations […]

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Recognizing those who use patented technology to aid the less fortunate

April 3, 2013

USPTO and Kauffman Foundation to Announce Patents for Humanity Winners Pilot program encourages patent holders to address global humanitarian challenges Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will honor patent holders who have made use of patented technologies to address humanitarian challenges on April 11, 2013, at a Capitol […]

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USPTO Reminder for Public Forum to Discuss First-Inventor-to-File, Micro Entity, and Patent Fee Final Rules

March 14, 2013

Reminder to Join the USPTO on March 15 for a Webinar Regarding Important Changes in US Patent Procedure Reminder that the USPTO is hosting a public forum tomorrow, Friday, March 15th to discuss the final rules and guidance for the first-inventor-to-file, micro entity, and patent fee setting provisions. These provisions become effective in the next […]

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Bartholomew County Bar Association has a new website

March 6, 2013

* Bartholomew County Bar Association has a new website at columbusindianalawyers.com * Private Forum for Bar Members * Special Thank You to MLT Innovations and BreenaChelle Photography As a member of the Board of Directors of the Bartholomew County Bar Association, I was tasked last year with creating an updated website that would better serve […]

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Important USPTO Webinar on March 15

February 26, 2013

Join the USPTO on March 15 for a Webinar Regarding Important Changes in US Patent Procedure Changes Take Effect on March 16 and 19 The USPTO has announced a public forum focused on the first-inventor-to-file, micro entity, and patent fee final rules and guidance. The date for this event is now FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH in […]

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Antigua is the Land Of The IP-Free

February 1, 2013

The WTO has ruled that Antigua is no longer obligated to respect the IP rights of U.S. companies as a sanction for the U.S. killing Antigua’s online gambling industry. <<http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=87122>> Antigua (which uses country code top level domain (ccTLD) “.AG”) may now provide a safe haven for business models that run afoul of U.S. IP […]

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File your patent applications ASAP. First-To-File and the New 102 are coming March 16.

January 25, 2013

U.S. patent law is changing dramatically on March 16, 2013. Patents based on applications filed before March 16 will be awarded to the “first-to-invent.“ Patents based on applications filed on or after March 16 will be awarded to the “first-to-file.“ Inventors should file patent applications before March 16 to avoid losing their patent to a […]

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