Today we talk with Matt Cutler, a principal at Harness Dickey, about the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (PATENT Act) of 2015.  The 55-page PATENT Act is an attempt to make reforms to stop abusive patent litigation practices. It is the first patent reform bill to have bipartisan support.  (See the contents of S. 1137 here.) Patent […]

Today we talk IP insurance with Robert Fletcher, president and founder of Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corporation (IPISC). Patent Baristas:  Hello, Bob! I’m very interested in your work with intellectual property insurance. It’s one of those things that I’ve “heard” a lot about but really don’t have any first-hand experience with it. Can you explain […]

When you’re networking with more than 15,000 of your closest friends at the BIO International Convention in Washington, DC, you’re bound to meet an interesting person or two.  I met more than that. At this year’s convention, I met either the most interesting person I’ve ever met or the craziest person I’ve ever met.  Or […]

Just before Valentine’s Day, Harlequin Books is hoping to obtain a patent on the very foundation of the romantic holiday: the kiss. The book publisher announced it has submitted a patent application for the “Essential Romantic Kiss” to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  The application serial number is 61/438360, indicating it was filed […]

Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, et al., a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union and joined by the Public Patent Foundation, challenges the patentability of gene patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer.  Along with claims that the patents are illegal, the group […]

Earlier, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened the patent examination process for online public participation. With the consent of the inventor, the Peer-to-Patent: Community Patent Review pilot, developed by the New York Law School Institute for Information Law and Policy in cooperation with the USPTO, enables the public to submit prior art […]

This week Patent Baristas talked with John LeGuyader, Director of TC 1600 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, about the regarding the biotech section’s take on alternate claiming strategies and restrictions: So, first I thought it might be helpful just to go over what your role is as a Director in the USPTO and […]