U.S. Patent Prosecution for Support Staff: A Desk Reference: Rosaleen A. Walsh. I have yet to read this, but it looks interesting. The Amazon description: U.S. Patent Prosecution for Support Staff is a practical desk reference, designed to promote ongoing learning and job proficiency for paralegals and secretaries assisting patent practitioners in submitting filings to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It presents complex filing requirements in an easy-to-follow format, and reduces volumes of information into concise, accessible learning points that will assist both novice and seasoned support staff alike as they work to develop or update the breadth and depth of their knowledge of U.S. patent prosecution. A comprehensive guide, U.S. Patent Prosecution for Support Staff provides a detailed step-by-step guide to the filing requirements for the most frequently filed activities in U.S. patent prosecution, as well as more novel filings. The content includes the most recent provisions of the America Invents Act, the American Invents Act Technical Corrections Bill, and the Patent Law Treaty.

Excerpts from the US PTO Press Release, 14-11.

USPTO Creates New Office of International Patent Cooperation


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the creation of a new Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC).

While the USPTO has been effective in carrying out its international mission through such programs as the Patent Prosecution Highway, the Global Patent Search Network, the Cooperative Patent Classification system, and the new Global Dossier Initiative, creation of the new office will enable USPTO to focus dedicated resources to better implement its international patent cooperation efforts. The main focus of the office, working in concert with the Office of Policy and International Affairs and the Office of the Chief Information Officer, is to provide optimized business process solutions to the international patent examination system for examiners and external stakeholders.

The George Washington Law Symposium on IP. May 6, 2014, Washington, D.C. I would encourage those interested in a good overview of the state of patent law in the US to attend. It’s a low-cost (US$75 registration) opportunity to learn more about, as the site describes:

  • Beginning of a New Era: Post Issuance PTO Proceedings

  • Tips and Trends: Litigating Patent Cases in the Federal Courts

  • ITC: Recent Developments and Current Trends

  • Defensive Strategies: Patent Litigation


Sharp Decline in US Patent Litigation so far in 2014 – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law. Looking at the year to year figures, there’s been a significant drop in lawsuits filed. Comparing the first two months of 2013 to  2014, there has been a drop of 25% for the same period. Some speculate the threat of new patent legislation making its way through Congress is having an impact. Former PTO Director, now Executive Director of AIPLA, Q. Todd Dickenson, testified to Congress in December 2013 that the post-grant proceedings introduced in the US with enactment of the AIA may be working to reduce the number of lower quality patents through lower-cost administrative procedures for challenging issued patents. The new data from Lex Machina supports the conclusion reached by the AIPLA that it is simply too early to know what the overall impact of the AIA will be.

Good, Bad & Ugly: Truth About Provisional Patent Applications – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law. Often informative, Gene Quinn offers good information about the drafting and value of provisional patent applications.

We have added two new categories of information in the right column of links that should be most useful for researchers and other non-IP lawyers interested in patents and patent search.

The first is a collection of links to Nolo Press online resources and books. Nolo Press is a publisher, widely known in the US as one of the best legal resources for legal matters for the non-lawyer. Their books and online materials (including online PTO forms) will help you understand the patent process and what you need to do – step-by-step – as an inventor or researcher involved with potentially patentable IP.

Second, we are providing links to a number of search tools, databases and services that will enable prior art searches and patent landscape mapping. Some of these services are subscription or fee-based. The commercial services listed here are examples of the types of services that are available. This list does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of these services.

We hope these resources are of interest and value and I encourage you to let us know what you think.

Director’s Forum: A Blog from USPTO’s Leadership. Satellite offices hit by funds sequestration.

What is a Patent? Understanding Patents and Patent Law 101 | IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law. This extremely helpful guide will give you the basics, and useful links to more details. Sometimes it’s great to go back to the basics…

USPTO Publishes Final Rules and Guidelines Governing First-Inventor-to-File | IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law. Pursuant to the AIA, the USPTO published thee final rules of practice implementing the first-inventor-to-file provisions, which become effective March 16, 2013. Other AIA related rules were published today as well, including, as ipwatchdog reports, “the agency’s interpretation of how the first-inventor-to-file provision alters novelty and obviousness determinations for an invention claimed in a patent application.”

Important Changes To U.S. Patent Law: First-To-File | Pierce Atwood LLP – JDSupra. Some good guidance on the implications of the change from First-to-invent, to first-to-file.