Thursday, March 26, 2020

USPTO - Filing Patent Documents

The USPTO strongly encourages customers to file via EFS-Web:

"EFS-Web for Registered eFilers - Enhanced filing of new patent applications, follow-on submissions, saved submissions, and more.

EFS-Web for Unregistered eFilers - Basic initial filing of new patent applications. Note: Unregistered eFilers are not permitted to file follow-on submissions/fees in EFS-Web. Unregistered eFilers are advised to pay fees online as part of the initial application submission or use an alternative filing method to pay fees, such as including a deposit account authorization with the application papers or mailing the payment using the Priority Mail Express® service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in accordance with 37 CFR 1.10.

If you have questions about filing via EFS-Web, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) at or (866) 217-9197."

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

USPTO - Artificial Intelligence (AI) Web Page

Today, the USPTO posted a web page for artificial intelligence (AI) information.

The web page includes AI initiatives, public notices and responses, AI-related events, and resources and nearly 200 responses from companies, law firms, and individuals to Requests for Comment on AI (See Request for Comments on Patenting Artificial Intelligence Inventions: 84 FR 44889 and Request for Comments on Intellectual Property Protection for Artificial Intelligence Innovation: 84 FR 58141).

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Bloomberg Law - $1.1 Billion CalTech Infringement Win Shows Patent Board Perils

Bloomberg Law's article $1.1 Billion CalTech Infringement Win Shows Patent Board Perils reminds inter partes review (IPR) cannot be a reflexive choice to a patent infringement suit.

Specifically, if an IPR petition fails before Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), a court may estop the petitioner from challenging the patent validity on same grounds or grounds that could have been reasonably raised. Apple is expected to appeal to the Federal Circuit.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

PTAB - Trial Statistics - Brief Comment

The PTAB Trial Statistics 2020 is worth a quick review. It is interesting to see that institution rates of inter partes review (IPR) have steadily decreased from 87% in fiscal year (FY) 2013 to 56% in FY 2020. I am surprised how steady the decrease and that covered business methods and post grant review has not taken off since passage of AIA. Yet some advocates (pro-patent or anti-patent) have not acknowledged why these patent invalidity strategies are becoming less attractive.

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