Tag: USPTO

Michelle Lee’s Nomination Hearing Goes Smoothly

There were no big surprises in today’s hearing on Michelle Lee’s nomination as head of the USPTO. The Committee went fairly easy on her with their questions, with the possible exception of Senator...

Michelle Lee Is a Good Choice to Head the PTO

[caption id="attachment_5015" align="alignleft" width="200"] USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee[/caption] The White House announced yesterday that it's nominating current Deputy Director Michelle Lee...

Examiners Need the Right Tools to Improve Patent Quality

“Patent quality” is one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot. Everyone, it seems, agrees that the [define term="USPTO"] could do a better job on patent quality. Why is it that poor quality...

If Everyone’s Doing It, How Can It Be Innovative?

[caption id="attachment_4983" align="alignleft" width="225"] © 2014 Ebyabe, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0[/caption] Dennis Crouch over at Patently-O reports that for Fi...

The PTO’s Culture of Poor Quality Patents

There have been a few scandals at the USPTO in recent weeks. First was a report of nepotism in hiring on the trademark side of the PTO. Then, there were reports that some paralegals working for the Pa...

Merkley and Four Other Senators Call for PTO to Improve Patent Quality

Well, this is good to see: Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), joined by Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), sent a letter ye...

USPTO Issues Patent to Fraud

[caption id="attachment_4239" align="alignleft" width="258"] Photo by Alex E. Proimos, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0[/caption] This story is so embarrassing for the U.S. Patent & Trademark O...

Wherein I Join the Ranks of Inventors

Well, it’s happened. A patent that I co-invented has issued. Of course, I don’t own it, because it was based on my work as a software engineer at IBM. But I do take some pride; the invention came ...

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: July 26 Edition

Hi readers!  Congressional support for patent reform continues to grow.  On Monday, Rep. Issa and Rep. Chu introduced the Stopping the Offense Use of Patents (STOP Act).  That bill prompted Matt Le...

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