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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FDA Exclusivity-An Incentive for Drug Research?

Known substances can be useful medical treatments. But there maybe no market incentive to conduct necessary research and development to prove the benefits. There also may be no incentive to seek regulatory approval. FDA market exclusivity may provide this incentive without change in US patent laws.

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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Attacking a “Junk Patent”

Introduction: Sometimes the USPTO screws up and issues a patent for a product or method that has been used in the industry or is well known.  Junk patents are often used by “patent trolls” to extort money from legitimate businesses.  Congress sought to provide a remedy from junk patents being asserted against businesses.  In 2012,…

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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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Is it Patentable?

Introduction: Is it patentable?  This is the ultimate question when considering how to protect your good idea.  The answer depends upon several considerations.  First, is it patentable subject matter?  Also is your idea already known?  If not already known, is it merely an obvious variation or combination of things that are known? The most common…

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Overcoming Obviousness Rejections

Introduction This article addresses overcoming obviousness rejections.  This is sometimes referenced as a Section 103 rejection.  Rejections under 35 U.S.C. 103 are the most common basis for an examiner refusing to allow issuance of a patent.  Section 103 states that an improvement or modification that would be obvious to a hypothetical person of ordinary skill…

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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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