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Public Knowledge Applauds Supreme Court Decision Affirming Patent Office

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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.

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Public Knowledge Urges USPTO to Improve Patents by Engaging Software Developers

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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.

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Public Knowledge Releases Report on Post-Alice Patenting

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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.

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Public Knowledge Urges Patent Office to Lower New Proposed Patent Review Fees

Guest post by Minku Kang and Omar Noureldin of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic at the USC Gould School of Law.

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.

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When It Comes to IP Enforcement Bills, It’s the Little Things That Count

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.

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