A decade ago some Internet geeks set up a new kind of telephone number — an “iNum” telephone number. A regular telephone number always starts with a country code. Calls to Switzerland for example use a country code of “41”. Calls to North America use a country code of “1”. Just by looking at the telephone number, you can see what country it is associated with. But not iNum numbers. Continue reading
Imagine you are counsel representing a patent owner in an infringement case. Suppose you can say to the judge and jury:
Ladies and gentlemen, you have heard my learned opponent invite you to consider whether perhaps this patent should never have been granted because of prior art that was overlooked. But you might be interested to know that during the time that this patent application was pending, prior art searching was carried out by not one, not two, not three, not four, but five patent offices. The Examiners in these five patent offices were fluent in the Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese and Korean languages. Before the claims were found to be patentable, these Examiners shared with each other the prior art that they found. The Examiners from these five patent offices shared their thoughts as to whether the claims were patentable in view of the prior art that was found. Only after all of these things took place did the patent office decide to grant a patent. And this is the patent before you now.
I’d call such a patent a Super Patent. Yes under US law any patent is to be presumed valid, but I suggest such a patent would enjoy a much greater presumption of validity. Would you like to learn how to get such a Super Patent? Continue reading
I am delighted to be able to invite people to attend a pharma/biotech continuing legal education program. This remarkable program lets you hear from an important person in the biotechnology part of the European Patent Office, Dr. Klaus-Peter Döpfer, and a very experienced patent practitioner in the pharma/biotech field, Ms. Sandra Pohlman. They will talk about smart ways to draft patent applications with EPO subject matter eligibility in mind. Continue reading
There are a couple of seats left for the Denver PCT Seminar which starts tomorrow morning bright and early.
As of right now we could even accommodate one or two walk-in registrations.
In a recent blog post I listed the remarkable number of opportunities in the next few months for public PCT and DAS training programs. What readers might not know about is that in addition to the many PCT and DAS training programs that are provided to the general public, many PCT and DAS training programs take place privately at law firms and corporations, as I will describe. Continue reading
It is remarkable how many upcoming opportunities there are to learn about the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the WIPO DAS system: Continue reading
Today and tomorrow I am having a delightful time serving on the faculty of a PCT Seminar in Boston sponsored by the PCT Learning Center.