What: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law’s “10th Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues: The Federal Circuit and Patent Law.” The Symposium will focus on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and its unique role in the development of the nation’s patent law. Presented by SMU Dedman School of Law, this […]

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published final rules of practice implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). Prior to the passage of the AIA, the USPTO was the only national patent office using a “first-to-invent” system. The AIA authorizes derivation proceedings before the USPTO, which will ensure that a person […]

The USPTO is looking for feedback from the public to help reduce their backlog of patent applications associated with a Request for Continued Examination (RCE).  There is currently a backlog of over 103,000 applications related to RCEs. You can see the past two year trend at the USPTO Dashboard. An RCE is a request by […]

Well, the Patent Baristas website was hacked. Dang! I know everyone says this but I really didn’t think it could happen to us. We’re so small and do not have any commercial component, who would really care about hacking this site? It turns out that hacking is indiscriminate. I discovered a malware on the website […]