Review of CBM Procedure

Introduction I very recently wrote an article regarding the use of the Covered Business Method review procedure created under the AIA of 2012.  The Covered Business Method review procedure is a powerful tool that can be used to challenge an issued patent that pertains to a business method.  See Junk Patents and Covered Business Methods.  The…

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Junk Patents and Computer Business Methods

Introduction I have written several posts pertaining to USPTO procedures intended to correct the issuance “junk patents”.  By junk patents, I mean patents issued for claimed developments which were, in fact, not innovative.  One often cited example are patents for computers performing tasks that have routinely been performed by individuals in business or commerce, i.e., computer business…

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CHALLENGING JUNK PATENTS II

Introduction Continuing with the topic of the USPTO issuing patents for items that are not truly patentable “developments”, the America Invents Act (AIA) introduced a significant change allowing third parties to submit information to an examiner challenging the potential issuance of Junk Patents .  See my article Challenging Junk Patents Discussion You may become aware…

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CHALLENGING JUNK PATENTS

Introduction: The USPTO is often criticized for allowing worthless or junk “developments” to be patented.  As a business, you may be threatened with a competitor asserting a newly issued patent.  The new patent may apply to your long standing device or business method.  You may think that either you must submit to the demand for licensing the right…

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Current Inter Partes Review

Introduction First, the AIA revised the prior Inter Partes Review practice discussed in an earlier blog. This blog pertains only to the new practice (post AIA).  You may also want to review my blog “Challenges to your Patent” Discussion Inter Partes Review can only be initiated after 9 months for the patent grant.  This is consistent with the 9 month…

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