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Archive for the ‘Patents’ Category

Revised PTAB Operating Procedures Will Mean Transparency and Reliability for Patent Owners

October 4th, 2018

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), created in 2012 as part of the America Invents Act, a branch of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that hears appeals to adverse examiner decisions and conducts trials, including inter partes reviews and post-grant challenges. Ideally, the PTAB is meant to ensure the predictable, uniform, and unbiased application of USPTO policy to patent applications.

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What do the ™, ℠, ®, ©, and “Pat. Pend.” Symbols Mean? How should I use them?

September 5th, 2018

Intellectual property assets are valuable. One way to maintain the value of those assets is to correctly use the applicable notice, shown as symbols or specific phrasing, that publicly designate the type of protection claimed.

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Let’s Face It; Some Patents Are Odd!

August 7th, 2018

By Stephen E. Murray Over ten million patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to date. Here are four of the stranger ones: Patent 7062320 – Device for the treatment of hiccups “A device for the treatment of hiccups, and more specifically, to a method and apparatus for the treatment…

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When Will the Patent Office Issue Patent #20,000,000?

July 9th, 2018

On June 19th, the US Patent Office issued its ten millionth patent, to Raytheon, just over three years after it issued the ninth millionth patent to WiperFill Holdings, LLC. It took 200 years for the total number of U.S. patents to reach 5 million.

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Inter Partes Reviews – A Brief Primer, Recent Supreme Court Rulings, and the USPTO’s Notice of Proposed Changes

May 21st, 2018

Inter partes reviews (IPRs) were enacted on September 16, 2012, as part of the America Invents Act (AIA) passed by Congress.

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The Whats and Whys of IP Audits

April 12th, 2018

An IP audit is a systematic examination and verification of a company’s intellectual property assets and an analysis of strengths and threats. A company’s IP assets may be invaluable.

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Do You Have European Patents? Get Ready for the UPC

January 30th, 2018

In the nearly five years since 25 European Union states signed an intergovernmental agreement to create a Unified Patent Court (UPC), a number of political obstacles have arisen to delay its enactment. Those obstacles are beginning to resolve, however, and it is time to begin thinking about how the Unitary Patent will affect your IP portfolio strategy.

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2017 Supreme Court and Federal Circuit IP Year in Review

December 27th, 2017

Throughout 2017, Panitch Schwarze has carefully watched key intellectual property disputes at the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). The following 2017 cases will impact the protection of intellectual property in the United States.

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A Successful Association of Legal Administrators Regional Conference

December 5th, 2017

I recently attended the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Regional Conference in Nashville, TN on a scholarship from the First State Chapter of ALA. At the conference I attended seminars that focused on leadership, communication and innovative thinking for administrators in the legal profession.

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3 Key Takeaways from the ALA Intellectual Property Conference

November 2nd, 2017

Intellectual property law changes at an ever-quickening rate, which is one reason Panitch Schwarze takes continuing education seriously. With practice areas across the IP legal spectrum and global services spanning 28 countries, we need to be more than efficient. We need to be on top of our game.

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