CAMBIA, provider of an open-access patent database collating IP data from several national patent offices called CAMBIA Patent Lens, has now added the full text of Australian patents, which can be searched, viewed and printed at no cost, by anyone, thanks to the non-profit international organization. The full text of over 115,000 Australian granted patents and over […]

The Federal Circuit has demonstrated once again that it is not afraid to effect a sea change in patent law jurisprudence in a big way. Twenty-three years ago, in Underwater Devices v. Morrison-Knudsen Co. (Fed. Cir. 1984) the court declared: “Where . . . a potential infringer has actual notice of another’s patent rights, he […]

Dr. Triantafyllos Tafas, represented by Kelley, Frye and Warren LLP filed a declaratory judgment action in the Eastern District of Virginia, arguing that the new continuation rules are null and void, and is also seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting the USPTO from putting the new rules changes into effect. Dr. Tafas is an […]

Kevin Heller, the Tech Law Advisor and commissioner of the Legal Bloggers Fantasy Football League, is heading up Blawger Bowl IV. The league is made up of draft teams managed by law blawgers. Patent Baristas is participating – and destined to struggle to maintain any sense of dignity. If you are a law blawger and […]

Changes To Patent Practice (Pt. 1) Seeing applicants as just a bunch of bad boys and girls filing (and paying for, of course) just far too many applications (including both continuing applications and requests for continued examination) the Office is taking everyone to the woodshed for a lesson in not asking the Office to do […]

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will publish (tomorrow) in the Federal Register new rules that will allow the agency to continue to make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by encouraging applicants to use greater precision in describing the scope of their inventions. The new rules will be effective on […]

I received a note from the USPTO asking if I could post a notice about needing volunteers for a Complex Work Units Pilot Program.  This is mainly for those that deal with complex chemical or mathmatical formulae. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking participants for a Complex Work Units (CWUs) Pilot […]

As further evidence that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) hates the chemical/pharma/biotech arts, the Office is proposing to revise the rules of practice pertaining to any claim using alternative language to claim one or more species. That is, if the claims use Markush or other forms of alternative language. This is all […]