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The Road to Ten Million U.S. Patents and China’s Growing Influence


The Road to Ten Million U.S. Patents and China’s Growing Influence

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office is rapidly approaching a significant milestone in its productive history of granting patents. Having issued the first patents back in 1790, the USPTO has, by virtue of its unique regulatory authority, been awarding patents to applicants at an increasingly furious pace and is rapidly approaching a tremendous milestone—the […]

Micro Entities: the Birth of New Genre of Patent Applicants

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One of the lesser talked about aspects of the America Invents Act (AIA) is the creation of a new type of filing entity before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Traditionally, all inventors or companies filing patent applications fell into either the small or large entity designation. To be considered “small,” the individual […]

Continued Challenges to Aspects of the IPR Process

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In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected Cuozzo Speed Technologies’ appeal.  Cuozzo was attempting to prove that the claim interpretation used by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was incorrect.  Currently, the PTAB uses the “broadest reasonable interpretation” to determine if inter partes review (IPR) proceedings are warranted; rather […]

The Modern Patent Office

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This is part five of our series on the history of the USPTO. Follow the links after the post to read the other parts of our series. Over the most recent few decades, the USPTO has continued to grow and evolve in process, people and technology.  During the period between FY 2005 and FY 2011, […]

New Legislation: A Golden Age for Trade Secret Trolls?

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Companies in recent decades have been beleaguered by cyber espionage and theft of proprietary materials and trade secrets. Most states have statutes creating a cause of action for companies to seek redress for these wrongs but currently no parallel cause of action exists at the federal level. This past July, the Defend Trade Secrets Act […]

The Rise of the Patent Troll

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This is part four of our series on the history of the USPTO. Follow the links after the post to read the other parts of our series. “Patent troll” has come to be known as a term for the purchaser of a patent (often from a bankrupt firm), who sues another company claiming that one of […]