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The Federal Circuit Needs More Patent Attorneys

August, 31st, 2021

By Stephen Ball A decision earlier this summer underscores ongoing problems with patent law jurisprudence at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”). In Yu v Apple, the Federal Circuit invalidated [Read More…]

Grow Your Patent Portfolio with Vertical Farming

August, 9th, 2021

By Ryan Newell The agriculture industry is undergoing rapid and revolutionary changes. Inventors should take notice. The traditional farming system is threatened by accelerating water shortages and an ever-growing population. To sustain everyone, it must [Read More…]

USPTO Announces Extension of Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

July, 12th, 2021

By Ryan Newell The USPTO has extended the expiration date for the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program (F-TAPP) through July 2, 2022. F-TAPP was established in July 2020 on a temporary basis, to provide for the [Read More…]

Avoid Tunnel Vision: Look Beyond Your Own Product For Patent Protection

May, 17th, 2021

By Stephen Ball Development of a commercial product is often the catalyst for seeking patent protection. This is understandable as owners want to protect their R&D investment. However, focusing on one’s own product can be [Read More…]

IP Strategy: Don’t Miss The Forest Through The Trees

November, 10th, 2020

By Stephen Ball There is never a bad time to evaluate your intellectual property (IP) strategy. When most people think of IP, they think of issued patents and registered trademarks. However, IP strategy is not [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Secures Favorable Results from PTAB for Two Applications

September, 8th, 2020

WHIPgroup successfully argued two applications before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and obtained favorable decisions reversing written description and obviousness rejections. Both applications relate to a novel firearm cartridge that is designed to [Read More…]

COVID-19 Has Changed the Litigation Landscape and Will Lead to Cost Savings to Litigants

May, 29th, 2020

By Christopher J. Stankus COVID-19 has brought numerous changes to the legal industry’s approach to working remotely. Some changes have been ordered by the courts, while others have been instituted by practitioners. Some of these [Read More…]

USPTO Announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

May, 12th, 2020

The USPTO has announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program to incentivize prompt research into treatment of this pandemic.  The program will benefit small and micro entities by allowing them to file for prioritized examination [Read More…]

New USPTO Report Shows Boost to Software Patents

April, 27th, 2020

The USPTO has released a new report on examination outcomes since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. According to the report, first office actions with patent eligibility rejections have decreased [Read More…]

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