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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 25, 2020, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Marriott Marquis, 780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Please join BSA, NIST, SAFECode and industry panelists in a one-hour session to discuss secure software development framework (SSDF) practices. Learn more about this session and register.
https://www.nccoe.nist.gov/webform/discussion-secure-software-development-framework

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Use Cases for the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., Marriott Marquis, 780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 This session will consist of a review and discussion of seven proposed use cases of the NICE Framework, which provides a common taxonomy and lexicon for describing cybersecurity work in both the public and private sectors. Additionally, attendees will gain insight from subject matter experts into best practices for how the NICE Framework can be used as a reference resource. Learn more about this session and register.
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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 business operations.

This publication provides federal agencies with a set of recommended security requirements for protecting the confidentiality of CUI:

  1. when such information is resident in nonfederal systems and organizations;
  2. when the systems where CUI resides are not used or operated by contractors of federal agencies or other organizations on behalf of those agencies; and
  3. where there are no specific safeguarding requirements for protecting the confidentiality of CUI prescribed by the authorizing law, regulation, or governmentwide policy for the CUI category or subcategory listed in the CUI Registry.

Revision 2 provides minor editorial changes in Chapters One and Two, and in the Glossary, Acronyms, and References appendices. There are no changes to the basic and derived security requirements in Chapter Three.

Publication details:
https://csrc.nist.gov/publications/detail/sp/800-171/rev-2/final

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Next Week: San Francisco Privacy Framework Roundtables

by John Roberts on February 21, 2020

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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, 1:00 – 2:30 PM PT
Venable: 101 California St, 38th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Version 1.0 of the NIST Privacy Framework: A Tool for Improving Privacy through Enterprise Risk Management is here! Join this roundtable for an interactive conversation with your peers about putting the Privacy Framework into practice. Hear from early adopters of the Privacy Framework about their hands-on experience with this voluntary tool and take this opportunity to discuss your questions with NIST leadership. To learn more about the Framework, see the recording of the NIST Privacy Framework Webinar: Ready, Set, Adopt Version 1.0.

Seats are open to the public, but limited. Please RSVP to reserve a spot.

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NIST Privacy Framework Roadmap Roundtable
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 PM PT
San Francisco Marriott Marquis (Golden Gate C1 Room): 780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

What are the key trends in Privacy Engineering? Join NIST leadership and your peers to discuss the Privacy Framework, the Framework roadmap, and your priorities for privacy. Bring your expertise to help determine next steps to address key privacy challenges, including guidance and standards, needed capabilities for emerging technologies, increasing global privacy interoperability, and more.

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NIST and RSAC 2020: Back in our Element

by John Roberts on February 21, 2020

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RSA 2020 blog audience imageWe 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 the South Expo as we share demos, chat with attendees, and discuss hot topics in the cybersecurity world during our expert-led sessions.

The conference theme this year is ‘the Human Element’ within cybersecurity. We believe this year’s focus on people will initiate new and exciting conversations and we are looking forward to sharing our perspectives and work with the broader cybersecurity community.

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Also in this issue: microbalance measurements, radio history, composite materials
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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 in research has a common thread: furthering NIST’s mission of advancing measurement science, standards and technology. NIST’s variety is in full display in this latest issue, with topics ranging from whale pregnancy, Army boots, and video searches to fire-starting cigarettes and individual privacy. Enjoy!

—Ben P. Stein, Managing Editor

A box of cigarettes is labeled: Standard Cigarette for Ignition Resistance Testing

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

This special cigarette is designed to burn especially well. Manufacturers of soft furnishings can use it to make sure their products resist catching on fire.

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A Better Pregnancy Test for Whales

It’s not easy to do pregnancy tests on whales, but a new method from NIST and Australia’s Griffith University offers better results. The tests can provide important insights into the marine mammals’ health — and their environment.

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Information Retrieval: How NIST Helps You Find That Video Online

Every day, billions of users go to search engines looking for movies, tutorials about how to fix stuff, and funny cats. The TRECVID project has enabled progress in video retrieval for 20 years.

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Universe in the Balance

NIST researchers have found a way to link industrially important measurements made by a commonly used microbalance to the recently redefined International System of Units (SI). This SI traceability can greatly increase users’ confidence in their measurements.

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

A NIST researcher helped to popularize the word “radio.” But for the new technology to become mainstream, it had to be introduced widely into households. Learn how an invention at NIST made this possible!

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NIST Privacy Framework

Learn all about the NIST Privacy Framework! Developed with a range of stakeholders, it’s a voluntary tool intended to help organizations identify and manage privacy risks so they can build innovative products and services while protecting individuals’ privacy.

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Joint Conference on Scanning Probe Microscopy

Registration is now open for the 2020 International Scanning Probe Microscopy (ISPM) and Scanning Probe Microscopy on Soft & Polymeric Materials (SPMonSPM) joint conference in Breckenridge, Colorado, from May 31-June 4. The deadline for abstracts has been extended until March 2.

14th International Conference on New Developments and Applications in Optical Radiometry

NEWRAD 2020 will be held at the University of Colorado Boulder on June 23-26. The program will cover all aspects of optical radiation measurements, including remote sensing and quantum optics. Register now!

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An Early Warning System for Damage in Composite Materials

A team at NIST has developed a tool to monitor changes in widely used composite materials that can be found in everything from aerospace and infrastructure to wind turbines. The integrated tool can measure the damage in materials as they age.

Title screen for video says: A Higher Standard for Soldier BootsBoots are on the ground, but foot or ankle injuries can literally take soldiers out of action. Watch our new video to find out what NIST is doing to help the Army update its standards for soldier footware.

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February 26 webinar on NMTI nomination process

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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 the United States. To learn more about the nomination process, register for our webinar on Wednesday, February 26 at 2 p.m. ET.

Anyone can nominate for the NMTI by submitting the online nomination form and letters of support. Applicants must complete nominations before midnight ET, April 3. We invite a wide range of submissions that will demonstrate the incredible breadth of innovation taking place throughout all corners of the United States. Nominations of candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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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 presenters and participants to hear from the leaders in the field as well as share opportunities, challenges, and successes. The conference will feature presentation tracks, tutorials, Keynote presentations by academic and industry leaders, as well as digitally published proceedings of the presented works.

Please see http://ieee-stc.org for more information. Presenters have the option to submit full papers or abstracts. All submissions will be peer reviewed and accepted full papers will be published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Important Dates

March 6, 2020 Abstract and optional full paper submission ends
April 3, 2020 Acceptance notifications sent
April 17, 2020 Submit final abstracts and presenter biographies
May 1, 2020 Submit final presentations and optional full papers

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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 can use works in the public domain freely to inspire your own creativity. Explore some of the notable additions from George and Ira Gershwin, Buster Keaton, W. E. B. Du Bois, and more.

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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

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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

http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basics/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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