“Patent everything” is not a viable strategy for building a defensible portfolio of intellectual property assets. Organizations that adopt this approach will eventually be forced to reconcile the appetite for large numbers of applications with the reality of a limited budget. If the number of applications is inflexible in that equation (“we must file three […]
The Hindu: India patent regime not about access to medicine: US body No surprise, considering Indian drug companies have enjoyed the best of both worlds for quite some time.
The Federal Circuit’s opinion in American Chef v. Lamb-Weston is a favorite of mine for illustrating the tricky business of patent valuation. At issue in the case is the proper interpretation of a claim limitation that requires “…heating the dough to a temperature….” The patentee asked the court to apply a claim interpretation that essentially changed the […]
Despite its massive size, budget and complex regulatory framework, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has only two statutorily defined duties. According to 35 U.S.C. §2, the Office: “(1) shall be responsible for the granting and issuing of patents and the registration of trademarks; and (2) shall be responsible for disseminating to the public […]
The Office of Personnel Management is reporting that all federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area will be closed tomorrow, December 21. There is no reason to expect that this won’t apply to the Patent and Trademark Office. Adjust your Christmas week work schedule accordingly.