Tag Archive for USPTO

PTO Patent Licensing Marketplace Shows Potential, But Will Licensors Embrace It?

This month, the PTO announced that it would be opening up an online licensing market, “Patents 4 Partnerships.”  The market, which will initially focus on COVID-related patents, is intended to provide a centralized and easily accessible database of U.S. patents and published patent applications that have been voluntarily made available for licensing. There’s a number…

Patents That Just. Keep. Going.

Recently, a set of more than a dozen lawsuits was filed by an NPE.  That wouldn’t really be news, most of the time—NPEs filed nearly 2,000 patent lawsuits in 2019.  But there’s a few things that are a little different about this case. First and foremost, the patent goes back to a patent application filed…

USPTO, DoJ, and NIST Issue FRAND/SEP Policy Statement

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Justice, and National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a joint statement on standard-essential patents (SEPs).  The statement clarifies the agencies’ position on an earlier 2013 statement made by USPTO and DoJ while completing the process of formally withdrawing from that statement. In essence,…

As USPTO Oversight Hearing Approaches, Some Questions On Eligibility

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Andrei Iancu will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property on Wednesday as the sole witness in a USPTO oversight hearing.  The chair of the Subcommittee, Sen. Tillis (R-NC), and the ranking member, Sen. Coons (D-DE), have both expressed an active interest…

Patent Links and Articles To Read By The Fire

While it might not be as cold this New Year’s as it was last year, that doesn’t mean you can’t settle in to read by the fire.  And what better to read about than patents? Here’s what I’ll be taking a look at over New Year’s. Time and the Patent Office First, Professors Michael Frakes…

USPTO Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

The USPTO released the final version of its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan today.  I previously wrote about the flaws in the draft strategic plan.  The draft plan did, however, at least note the importance of stakeholder engagement.  To assist in this goal, the Office asked for comments on the draft. In fact, the released strategic plan…