Category Archives: USPTO Practice and Policy

Athena v. Mayo Part II – Iancu v. The Federal Circuit(?)

The 2019 Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance published on January 7th purported to revise the procedures for determining whether a patent claim or patent application claim is “directed to a judicial exception (laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas) … Continue reading

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PTO Proposes to Change Claim Construction Standard Used by PTAB

On May 9th, the USPTO released a short “Notice of proposed rulemaking” entitled “Changes to the Claim Construction Standard for Interpreting Claims in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.”  In brief the Notice proposes to replace the broadest … Continue reading

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USPTO Management Changes – Who’s on First?

After USPTO Director Michelle Lee resigned quite suddenly on Tuesday, rumors and speculation have been the only constant. Early speculators bet that Drew Hirschfeld, current Commissioner of Patents, would get the job. (He is best known to me as the … Continue reading

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Michelle Lee Misses AUTM Talk

Although scheduled to be the honored guest at a “Fireside Chat” at the AUTM Annual Meeting Sunday evening, Ms. Lee was a no show. Suddenly the picture on the Program Board was Katherine Ku, head of Tech Transfer at Stanford. … Continue reading

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