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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Creep of Patent Eligibility Goulash

Introduction: I have written frequently about the morass of “logic” created by the courts regarding the patent eligibility of computer implemented business methods and software.  This logic pertains to whether the software is an “abstract idea” and therefore not eligible for patent protection.  This is a fluid topic.  It has been termed eligibility goulash by…

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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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Patenting Computer Software

INTRODUCTION When is software patentable?  Can you obtain a computer software patent?  It is generally understood that it is difficult to obtain patent protection for computer software.  This is a subtopic of the question of when it is possible to patent a method of doing business. There are some guidelines.  This includes guidance for determining…

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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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Post Patent Grant Challenge

INTRODUCTION: After you have achieved the award of a patent, you may still be subject to challenge from competitors.  You may face a post patent grant challenge.  Part of the America Invents Act or AIA the USPTO established a procedure called a Post Grant Review.  The procedure gives third parties up to 9 months after the grant of…

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What NOT To Do Before You File

Introduction This is an update of my previously published WARNING.  If you have made an innovation, you don’t want to lose the right to ownership of your invention and the opportunity to exploit it for possible income. The easiest way to lose your rights is to make a public disclosure of the innovation. Public disclosure…

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Patent Goulash For Engineers

INTRODUCTION: I wrote an article in October 2019 for mechanical engineers (and others) warning that the Section 101 morass, i.e., Patent Goulash, was not limited to computer software business methods or medical diagnostic procedures.  The long twisted arm of unpatentable “natural law” and “abstract ideas” was extending to patent applications for improved mechanical structures.  See Mechanical Engineering and…

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Priority Review: Move to Front of Line

INTRODUCTION: The wait time between filing you patent application and the first office action can be frustratingly long.  Priority Review Track One. See my earlier article for Expedited Examination.  The duration depends upon the Group Art Unit (GAU) to which your application has been assigned.  You may have limited ability to influence the GAU to which your application is…

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