Avoiding Patent Death – Draft Smart Claims

Introduction: I continue to closely monitor the case law regarding patenting computer software.  The August 26, 2021 decision of Universal Secure Registry v Apple is an example.  In this decision, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (usual final arbiter of patent disputes) invalided 4 patents as merely claiming abstract ideas.  Abstract ideas are…

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Demystifying Patent Applications

Introduction: The patent process may appear to be a dark hole through which time and money disappear.  I am attempting to demystify patent applications.  I write frequent posts urging that that IP be protected through the filing of provisional applications for patent.  But what is an application for patent?  What does it consist of?  I…

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Obviousness Rejections 2021

Introduction: An application for patent is typically rejected by the USPTO examiner after the first examination.  But the USPTO examiner must provide specific written reasons justifying the rejection.  The applicant has the right to respond to the rejection to point out why the examiner is in error or to amend the claims of the application…

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Is It Patentable? III

Introduction: Is it patentable?  An inventor is entitled to a patent unless the invention is not patentable subject matter (Section 101), is not novel (Section 102) or is obvious (Section 103).  I have discussed what is and is not patentable subject matter.  See my posts of Patenting Computer Software and Avoiding Unpatentable Ideas.  I have…

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Patent or Trademark?

  Introduction: I continue to receive questions prefaced with a statement “I have an idea and I don’t know if I should patent it or trademark it?”  Patent or Trademark.  The question is often stated in various ways but I think you get the idea.  There are fundamental differences between requirements and rights of patenting…

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Sample Patent Flow Chart

Introduction: Attached below is a sample patent flow chart.  I start with the inventor’s conception of the idea.  Included are the steps to be taken to reach the point of possible patent filing.  (Note my sample assumes that a provisional application is filed first.  However it is possible to go directly to the Non-provisional application…

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Track One Program of USPTO

OBSERVATION: Track One: I recently extolled the virtues of paying an added fee at filing of your application in order to be placed on the UPSTO “Track One” Program for expedited review.  See my article “Priority Review, Move to the Front of the Line”. I reviewed the file wrapper history of a patent case filed on…

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Avoiding the “Un-patentable Abstract Idea”

INTRODUCTION: I have written many times of the ambiguity created by the courts in the Alice and Mayo decisions regarding what is patentable subject matter.  I am today suggesting a method of “avoiding the un-patentable abstract idea”. What I am referring to is the rejection of patentable innovations on the basis that the patent is merely claiming an abstract idea.  An abstract idea…

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Who owns the invention?

Introduction: Ownership of inventions can be confusing.  The inventor may not be the owner.  If there are more than one inventor, it is possible that each separately owns an undivided interest in the whole with independent rights to exploit the invention.  This is problematic. Often the invention is made by an employee of a company.  The invention is typically…

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Section 103 Obviousness Rejections

Introduction Continuing with my discussion yesterday regarding rejection of patent applications based upon the examiner’s assertion that the claimed development is obvious, I am exploring the USPTO updated guidance to examiners published in early 2018.  An invention can not be patented if the development would have been obvious to a person skilled in the art at…

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