Tag Archives: patent reform

“They’re baaack…”* *Heather Michele O’Rourke, ‘Poltergeist II,’ 1986 Congress, that is.  Several patent bills are pending, most of which will make it more risky and expensive to enforce a patent or defend against a patent infringement action in court.  These bills represent the second half of the America Invents Act, which changed the patent landscape […]

It’s Spring, so the thoughts of the lobbyists representing high-tech heavy weights turn to crippling the U.S. patent system.  Competing bills are already pending in Congress.  Why do the giant high-tech companies do it? The sound-bite reason given is to stop the depredations of patent ‘trolls;’ that is, entities that own patents but that do […]

The past 15 years have seen an unprecedented attack on patents and patent-owners in the United States. Orchestrated by foreign nations, multinational corporations, and a variety of other groups, largely funded by similar vested interests, this attack has reduced much of the value formerly associated with patented innovations. In past issues of our newsletter we […]

Once upon a time, a farmer purchased a magic bean.  The farmer planted his magic bean, as farmers do.  The magic bean grew into a magic beanstalk and made more magic beans.  The farmer harvested the magic beans, as farmers do, and saved the new magic beans for the next year.   For eight years, the […]

You have conceived of a wonderful new invention and you want tell everyone, but you are not ready for the expense of a patent application.  Should you open your mouth? Every inventor feels the tension between the need to maintain secrecy and the need to  disclose the invention.  If you are a regular reader of […]

As of March 16, 2013 the PTO stopped accepting or reviewing applications for SIRs.  Before March 16, the SIR was a technique to notify the world of an invention that the invention owner did not wish to patent.  The effect of the SIR was to dedicate the invention to the public so that anyone could […]

David J. Kappos has announced that he will depart as the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at the end of January.  His replacement has not been announced.   Kappos has led the PTO since 2009 and filled a leadership vacuum at the PTO dating from the last few years of the last administration.  […]

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating.  Remember that on or after March 17, 2013, you MUST protect your invention before offering the invention for sale or using the invention in public.  Otherwise, you lose your U.S. patent rights instantly and forever.  This is a major change in the law and requires an entirely […]

Unless the courts quickly resolve disputes, there is no justice.  As former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger said: “A sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the fabric of ordered liberty for a free people and three things could destroy that confidence and do incalculable damage to society: that people come to […]

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