Author Archives: Tom

Supreme Court Sanctions Patent Attorney

The Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in a patent case and then asked the attorney why he shouldn’t be sanctioned for his poorly-written brief. Continue reading

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Public Use of an Invention

Public use is a tricky area of law that can affect whether you can obtain a patent on an invention. Continue reading

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Acronyms as Trademarks

What does the acronym stand for, and does the term(s) directly describe the product or service with which the mark is used in connection? Do those who work in the same field have any familiarity with the term and its acronym? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, trademark registration may not be possible. Continue reading

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Patent Searching and the Duty of Disclosure

Patent searches allow an inventor to determine whether an invention is patentable and, if so, what aspects of the invention are patentable. Continue reading

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Specimens Showing Use of Service Marks

The Trademark Office issued examination guidelines this week regarding service mark specimens. Continue reading

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Patent Office Announces First Bi-Coastal Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Partnership Meeting

Are you excited yet?  The Patent Office announced last week that it will hold its first bi-coastal partnership meeting in the areas of biotech, chemical, and pharma practice. The official announcement reads: This inaugural BCBCP expands USPTO’s long-standing partnership in … Continue reading

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Patent Derivation Proceedings FAQ

A derivation proceeding is a proceeding to determine who the proper inventor of an invention actually is. Continue reading

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Arizona State Library Patent Presentation

It is a bit late notice, but tomorrow I will be speaking at the Arizona State Library at noon.  The topic will be patent basics, and the audience will be entrepreneurs, business service providers, and librarians.  More information is in … Continue reading

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Chisum on Supreme Court’s Recent Alice Patent Decision

I’ve just gotten around to reading Professor Chisum’s  take on the Supreme Court’s recent Alice v. CLS Bank decision on patent subject matter eligibility, and I heartily recommend it for those interested in looking for some small clarity in an … Continue reading

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Section 15 Trademark Declarations

Section 15 Trademark Declarations are requests that trademark registration be considered incontestable and valid. Continue reading

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