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Patent Office tries "Stack Overflow for patents" to find prior art

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hopes to improve patent quality by soliciting greater feedback from the general public about pending patents. Last year's America Invents Act included a provision requiring the Patent Office to accept submissions from the general public about patent validity, especially concerning "prior art"—evidence...
Patent Office tries "Stack Overflow for patents" to find prior art

Patent Office Seeking Comments On How To Implement A 'First To File' Regime Instead Of 'First To Invent'

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You may remember that last fall, there was an incredibly weak attempt at patent reform known as the America Invents Act. This was the result of a nearly seven-year-long fight over patent reform, with nearly every good idea from early proposals being watered down to completely useless, and a few...
Patent Office Seeking Comments On How To Implement A 'First To File' Regime Instead Of 'First To Invent'

Best Of The Trademark Bullies: Village Voice Sues Yelp Over 'Best Of' Lists

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The latest in a long series of stupid trademark bullying lawsuits comes to us courtesy of The Village Voice (who should know better than to file bogus lawsuits). The Voice is suing Yelp for trademark infringement. The Village Voice somehow convinced the USPTO that it deserved a trademark on the...
Best Of The Trademark Bullies: Village Voice Sues Yelp Over 'Best Of' Lists

Why Do We Assume Patents Are Valid When Patent Office's Own Numbers Show They Get Things Wrong All The Time?

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One of the bizarre things about the patent system is the "presumption of validity," in which a patent officially has to be presumed valid. Conceptually, this makes very little sense. Patents grant a pretty broad monopoly on "inventions" for an extended period of time... based entirely on approximately 18 hours...
Why Do We Assume Patents Are Valid When Patent Office's Own Numbers Show They Get Things Wrong All The Time?

Best Of The Trademark Bullies: Village Voice Sues Yelp Over 'Best Of' Lists

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The latest in a long series of stupid trademark bullying lawsuits comes to us courtesy of The Village Voice (who should know better than to file bogus lawsuits). The Voice is suing Yelp for trademark infringement. The Village Voice somehow convinced the USPTO that it deserved a trademark on the...
Best Of The Trademark Bullies: Village Voice Sues Yelp Over 'Best Of' Lists

The Social Networking Patent Thicket Consists Of At Least 30,000 Patents

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M-CAM's analysis of the Yahoo/Facebook patent nuclear war has some interesting points. It's worth checking out the full thing, but I wanted to call attention to two them. First, in showing just how ridiculous the patent situation is in the social networking space, M-CAM looks just at the 10 patents...
The Social Networking Patent Thicket Consists Of At Least 30,000 Patents

Former Google lawyer to lead Silicon Valley patent office - report

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In what could be a big shake-up for America’s much maligned patent system, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has reportedly named lawyer Michelle K. Lee as the first head of its new Silicon Valley patent office. The appointment is significant because Lee used to hold the title “Head...
Former Google lawyer to lead Silicon Valley patent office - report

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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It's another week with one big winner, this time coming in on our popular post about the DJ who was suspended for pulling the classic "dihydrogen monoxide" prank on his listeners. Gareth soared past the competition in both the insightful and funny categories, because our readers don't seem to...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

U.S. patent office to launch Silicon Valley operation

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will open satellite offices in Silicon Valley, Texas and Colorado in an effort to bolster its recruitment of patent examiners and other employees and better serve local businesses, the office announced Monday....
U.S. patent office to launch Silicon Valley operation
Patents to the people: US Patent and Trademark Office sends staffer to live among startups

German court finds Apple to infringe Samsung 3G patent but stays lawsuit over validity concerns

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This morning Judge Andreas Voss ("Voß" in German) of the Mannheim Regional Court announced an order to stay a German Samsung v. Apple lawsuit over EP1720373 on a "method and apparatus for reporting inter-frequency measurement using RACH message in a communication system", which Samsung believes to be essential to the...
German court finds Apple to infringe Samsung 3G patent but stays lawsuit over validity concerns
Can Twitter and Yammer fix our broken patent system?
Study suggests patent office lowered standards to cope with backlog

Silicon Valley gets a patent office — but who will work there?

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The US Patent Office announced it’s moving operations closer to America’s innovation centers by opening new satellite offices in Dallas, Denver and San Jose, California early next year. Here’s an overview of what this means and why the new offices may face a severe staffing shortage: So what’s so great...
Silicon Valley gets a patent office — but who will work there?

New Study: USPTO Drastically Lowered Its Standards In Approving Patents To Reduce Backlog

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The massive problems of the patent system really started getting renewed attention between 2002 and 2004 or so, highlighted by the publication of the book Innovation and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System Is Endangering Innovation and Progress, and What to Do About It by Adam Jaffe and Josh...
New Study: USPTO Drastically Lowered Its Standards In Approving Patents To Reduce Backlog

Samsung V. Apple And The Obviousness Standard

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Editor’s Note: Leonid (“Lenny”) Kravets is a patent attorney at Panitch, Schwarze, Belisario and Nadel, LLP in Philadelphia, PA. Lenny focuses his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property transactions in computer-related technology areas. He specializes in developing IP strategy for young technology companies and blogs on this topic at...
Samsung V. Apple And The Obviousness Standard
Big Tech: New Patent Office Fighting Tech Giants For Talent

The America Invents Act: Fighting Patent Trolls With "Prior Art"

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Guest author Don Marti is a technical marketing manager at Perforce, and a Git user since 2007. Key parts of the America Invents Act (AIA), which passed in 2011, came into effect on March 16, 2013. These changes in U.S. patent law can help all companies that use software to...
The America Invents Act: Fighting Patent Trolls With "Prior Art"

One Reason Why The USPTO Granted Ridiculously Stupid Internet Patents: Patent Examiners Were Banned From Using The Internet

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We already reported on the surprising but good news ruling out of East Texas, that Eolas' crazy patents were judged invalid by the jury. However, Alex Howard's writeup about the ruling includes a crazy tidbit that came out during the short trial that deserves separate attention: One interesting detail that...
One Reason Why The USPTO Granted Ridiculously Stupid Internet Patents: Patent Examiners Were Banned From Using The Internet
Apple's 'iPad Mini' Trademark Application Initially Denied, but Resolution Should Be Simple

The Doubly-Linked List Appears to Have Been Patented

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I saw a tweet today that said “The doubly-linked list, a structure I studied thirty years ago, has recently been patented.”  After giggling at the absurdity of the idea, I went and at a patent dated 4/11/06 that appears to be for the doubly-linked list.  The prior art was...
The Doubly-Linked List Appears to Have Been Patented

Oh Sure, Now The Patent Office Realizes Apple's 'Rubberbanding' Patent Is Both Obvious And Not New

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We've expressed concerns in the past about the crappy job that the USPTO does in approving patents, when it's clear that, the majority of times that the USPTO is asked to go back and double check its work, it is forced to admit it was wrong. This happens quite frequently...
Oh Sure, Now The Patent Office Realizes Apple's 'Rubberbanding' Patent Is Both Obvious And Not New
Head of US Patent and Trademark Office to step down in January

China joins EU, US in international patent classification system

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The Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) on Tuesday signed an agreement to start using the same patent classification system as adopted by the E.U. and U.S. patent authorities in January, the European Patent Office (EPO) announced. With China committing to the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), now three out...
China joins EU, US in international patent classification system
U.S. Patent Office Preliminary Determination Finds That The 'Steve Jobs' Multitouch Patent Is Invalid

Patent Office Releases Rules To Let Third Parties Provide Documents To Help Reject Patent Applications

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One of the big problems with the patent system is that it's not an adversarial process at all. You only have advocates for why a patent should be granted. No one is on the other side arguing why it shouldn't be. The examiner is supposed to be neutral, but actually...
Patent Office Releases Rules To Let Third Parties Provide Documents To Help Reject Patent Applications
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