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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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Patent Office Launches Glossary Pilot Program

The Patent Office has begun a new program to expedite certain patent applications which provide a glossary of the terms used in the claims. Continue reading

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Application Data Sheets in Patent Applications

An Application Data Sheet is a sheet or sheets that may be voluntarily submitted in either a provisional or a nonprovisional application, which contains bibliographic data, arranged in a format specified by the Patent Office. Continue reading

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Rare Federal Circuit Case Upholds Rejection of Trademark as Disparaging

A recent Federal Circuit trademark case highlighted the requirement that trademarks not disparage political or religious organizations. Continue reading

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Non-Enablement Responses to Prior Art Rejections

Rejections of patent applications are common. Inventors sometimes do not realize this. There are many reasons that rejections may be issued, the most frequent of which is usually some form of prior art rejection. A prior art rejection is either … Continue reading

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Patent Office Issues New Internal Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility

Patent Office Issues New Internal Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility Continue reading

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Marty Stoneman Passes Away

Phoenix patent attorney Martin Stoneman passed away on February 5, 2014. Marty had a large presence in the Phoenix patent market; he worked on over 250 issued patents and many more patent applications. Cases continue to issue posthumously and likely … Continue reading

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