Posts by Josh Lamel

Patent Flood Continues

The patent arms race continues to expand.  In 2012, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) saw a record 253,155 new patents issued.  Not only that, it also just set a record on January 8, 2013 when 5,633 utility patents were granted in one day.  At its current pace, the USPTO will come close to…

What Judge Koh’s order in Apple v. Samsung means for the future of injunctions in the smartphone patent wars

In December, Judge Koh denied Apple’s permanent injunction demands. The ruling sent Florian Mueller into fits over the state of injunction law in the United States.  However, as Dennis Crouch at Patently-O opined, in a post-eBay world Judge Koh’s decision was perfectly sensible: a patentee should not obtain a permanent injunction without a clear showing of both…

USPTO Should Be Applauded for Notice on Patent Transparency

In a round of good news, the USPTO has published a notice that it will be holding a roundtable on January 11, 2013 to look into regulations to “require greater public transparency concerning the ownership of patent applications and patents.”  The deadline for requesting to participate in the roundtable is December 21, 2012, and the deadline…

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Myriad

Moments ago the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Assoc. for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al.  (Supreme Court docket  12-398) The Court limited its grant to Question 1 presented in the petition: “are human genes patentable?” The Court did not grant certiorari as to Question 2 presented in the petition: “Did the court of appeals err in…

Life after David Kappos: What should President Obama look for in the next head of the US Patent and Trademark Office?

Numerous outlets reported Monday that the current head of the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), David Kappos, would be stepping down.  While we have disagreed with Kappos at Patent Progress, especially over his positions on software patents in his recent speech at the Center for American Progress, Kappos has moved the USPTO in the right…