Posts Tagged ‘ip’

URGENT – COMMENTS DEADLINE EXTENDED

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The deadline for Myriad-Mayo comments has been extended by a month.

Info on the USPTO website and can be found here.

 

USPTO issues post- Alice examination guidelines

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

A copy of the guidelines can be found here:

alice_pec_25jun2014

I will comment on this later.

 

CLS v Alice – Abstract Idea, Wherefore Art Thou?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Guest post from Brad Forrest, Shareholder at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

Passing on the opportunity to provide a usable test to determine what is an “abstract idea,” the Supreme court simply compared the idea underlying the claims in Alice v. CLS Bank to those in Bilski and said they both are directed to abstract ideas implemented by a general purpose computer: “In any event, we need not labor to delimit the precise contours of the “abstract ideas” category in this case. It is enough to recognize that there is no meaningful distinc­tion between the concept of risk hedging in Bilski and the concept of intermediated settlement at issue here. Both are squarely within the realm of “abstract ideas” as we have used that term.”

At least on the bright side, no further damage to subject matter eligibility appears to have been done by the decision.  It just appears to be a repeat of Bilski at first glance.

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Former SLW Officer Named USPTO Regional Director

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Russell Slifer, a former officer at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, has been named as the USPTO Regional Director for its Denver office.

Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO, wrote on her blog “Director’s Forum”:

The other big news is that we have hired a Regional Director for the Denver office—Russell Slifer, who has practiced intellectual property law for the last 20 years. For the past eight years, Russ served as the Chief Patent Counsel for Micron Technology in Boise, Idaho. He also was a design engineer for Honeywell and spent more than nine years in private practice in Minnesota helping high technology clients, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies, build patent portfolios to protect their innovations. Russ is active an active member in the legal and innovation communities. These experiences make Russ an ideal person to serve as the inaugural leader of our new satellite office for the Rocky Mountain region, and I look forward to him transitioning in as part of our senior leadership team.

Schwegman offers its congratulations to Russ.