15Mar 2018
Designs for patents

In the America Invents Act, Congress shifted challenges to the validity of patents from the Federal courts to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), an arm of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The PTAB applies different rules and standards than the Federal courts, rules and standards that favor the patent infringer and not […]

15Feb 2018
Designs for patents

Fifteen years ago, China did not have much of a patent program.  After all, with a centrally controlled economy and no private property, what good was a patent? Much of that has changed, at least the private property part. The Chinese government identified homegrown innovation and improving the ‘made in China’ brand as crucial to […]

18Jan 2018

Many administrations regard the USPTO as a political backwater and the directorship as a holding pen for less-than-ideal candidates. Here’s the shocker: The Administration has appointed a qualified person to head the USPTO.  His name is Andrei Iancu and he is currently the managing partner of a Los Angeles law firm.  He’s a degreed engineer and registered […]

21Dec 2017

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December 21, 2017 Patent
Designs for patents

Last week Zeitgeist Films released a biopic of Hedy Kiesler Markey, an inventor of U.S. Patent 2,292,387.  This WWII patent envisioned that jumping between radio frequencies would avoid jamming of radio-guided torpedoes.  The U.S. Navy rejected the frequency-hopping invention at the time and did not adopt the technology until much later.  Frequency hopping is now widely […]

16Nov 2017

It’s Halloween, which, of course, means that it’s time to preserve corpses. Consider Joseph Karwowski’s invention (U.S. patent 748,284 issued December 29, 1903*).  Joe was a Russian national (‘…a subject of the Czar of Russia’) living in New York state.  He was presumably impressed by the ability of waterglass (sodium silicate, or Na2SiO3) to preserve fresh […]

20Oct 2017
Designs for patents

Each year for the last five years the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has published a massive report on the state of global intellectual property protection.  The report is, frankly, staggering in its ambition.  It provides a report card for IP protection for forty-five countries around the world, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The report gives us […]

15Sep 2017
Designs for patents

The answer is ‘yes.’ But why should we care? “Inter Partes Review” or “IPR” is a recent process by which a person infringing a patent can challenge the patent before a panel of USPTO employees.  The USPTO employees are members of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  The person challenging the patent will present […]

18Aug 2017

If an infringer copies your patented invention, a judge should make them stop, right?   Not necessarily. An order from a judge directing someone to do or not do something (such as to stop infringing your patent) is called an ‘injunction.’  Not too long ago, if a federal judge found that someone was infringing your valid […]

14Jul 2017

The Eastern District of Texas is a large rural Federal judicial district.  The biggest city is about the size of Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Not what you would expect of a hotbed of patent litigation.  Nonetheless, the Eastern District of Texas has dominated patent infringement litigation for years.  In the first quarter of 2017, patent plaintiffs filed […]