Today, the Supreme Court announced its decision in the case Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, affirming the United States Patent and Trademark Office over two challenges to the agency's post-grant procedure for reviewing patents, called inter partes review. Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the USPTO in this case.
Today, Public Knowledge filed comments with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, encouraging the USPTO to continue its efforts toward improving patent quality through engagement with the public. Earlier last year, the White House directed the USPTO to identify ways to use crowdsourcing to uncover prior art, the technical documentation necessary to reject bad patent applications. The USPTO requested public comments on how best to do so.
Today, Public Knowledge published a report on the state of patenting following the Supreme Court's landmark decision on patentable subject matter in Alice v. CLS Bank. In view of that decision, which sharply limited the patentability of business methods, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected 830 patent applications that it had previously approved.
Last week, Public Knowledge filed comments with the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") asking it to rethink the fees it has proposed for several patent review procedures. The comments are part of a series of rulemakings that the USPTO is conducting as it implements the America Invents Act ("AIA"), the landmark 2011 patent reform legislation. The comments were drafted and filed on PK’s behalf by the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic.
The recently maligned IP Attaché Act is just one in a long
line of IP bills that include seemingly innocuous provisions that could later
prove to be harmful to innovation and the free flow of information. In February I gave a talk at the University
of Colorado that showed how over a decade, supporters of increasing copyright
protection dropped little-known and little-understood language in IP bills that
eventually became the basis for SOPA and PIPA, as well as the Department of Homeland
Security’s program for seizing domain names.
According to a former US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) official I
spoke with, the content industries and their friends have been pushing
the changes this bill would make for years. That alone tells you something.