Today the Supreme Court published two opinions, each dealing with attorneys’ fees in patent cases. See Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Management System, Inc. and Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
USPTO’s present practice is to try to make patent examiners examine cases pretty much in sequence according to their filing date. The oldest case gets examined first, more or less. (There are of course exceptions for example for cases that are on the Patent Prosecution Highway.) I suggest this is not the smartest way for USPTO to allocate its examination resources.
This October the European Patent Office will offer a two-day educational conference PCT at the EPO 2014. To learn more, and to register, go to the brochure page. This conference will take place at The Hague.
The EFS-Web listserv is for patent practitioners before the USPTO. A recent series of postings prompted me to offer a reminder of the potential benefits of PCT-PPH, and prompted a list member to ask:
If you are going to pay the cost of filing a PCT, why not just file TRACK I?
Here are my suggestions why I recommend not using Track I.
Today the followers of the HBO series Silicon Valley (yes, me among them) saw the third episode. In this episode, we encounter at least two intellectual property issues.
It’s been a while since I looked at the statistics of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to try to guess when the Board might get around to deciding an appeal. Here’s how it looks these days.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 will be Design Day 2014. This is an all-day program, free of charge, at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia.
Design Day is a very special annual event, co-sponsored by the USPTO, the IP Section of the American Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and the Industrial Designers Society of America.
Topics presented will include:
As we all know, USPTO has set up many initiatives in recent years to try to reduce the backlog of unexamined patent applications. Many practitioners are familiar with most of these initiatives. It seems, however, that very few patent practitioners are aware of an initiative announced recently by the USPTO. The initiative, called QDPP or “Quick Disposal Pilot Program”, will essentially instantly eliminate approximately two percent of the backlog, and should lead to some applications being allowed very quickly.