U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely to find IPR process unconstitutional, patent market observers say

The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to uphold the constitutionality of the inter partes review (IPR) process in in Oil States v. Greene’s Energy Group despite what could be described as magical thinking by patent owners, patent market observers say. The high court took up only one of three questions presented by Oil States in [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

USPTO Associate Solicitor Matal elevated to acting director in wake of Lee’s abrupt resignation

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal was elevated to perform the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, according to a statement by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The position is effective June 7 and follows the resignation of Michelle Lee. The statement [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

USPTO forms working group to comply with Trump executive order on deregulation

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said on Friday march 24 it had formed a working group  on regulatory reform to consider, review and recommend ways to improve, revise and streamline regulations in an effort to comply with President Donald Trump's executive order requiring two regulations be discarded in order to put a new one [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments

USPTO grants Network-1 its 17th patent related to Cox portfolio acquired in 2013

Network-1 Technologies Inc. (NTIP), the patent licensing company run by CEO Corey Horowitz, said it was granted a 17th patent related to the patent portfolio acquired from Professor Ingemar Cox in 2013. The New York-based company said the newly issued patent — U.S. Patent No. 9,558,190, entitled “System and Method for Taking Action with Respect [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments

(Update2) USPTO Director Michelle Lee is said to be staying on under incoming Trump administration

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee has agreed to stay on under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump and an announcement is expected, according to multiple news outlets. Several sources said the Trump transition team was working on an announcement about Lee's re-appointment that could come out as early as Thursday evening. Paul [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments

Jury orders Cantor unit to pay $400K to USPTO Deputy Director Slifer for reneging on terms of patent sale

A jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan ordered a unit of Cantor Fitzgerald to pay $400,000 in damages to Russell Slifer to compensate the deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the Cantor unit’s failure to live up to the terms of a patent sale agreement. Slifer sold some gaming patents [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments

(Update1) Equitable IP Chairman Dean Becker seeks info from public for his IPR battles with Unified Patents

Dean Becker, chairman of Equitable IP Holdings Corp., the private patent fund company that has taken over the enforcement actions of Spherix Inc. (SPEX), is trying to enlist the help of the public in gathering information on the ownership and membership of Unified Patents, the privately held company that has filed some 60 inter partes [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

NASA complains that higher USPTO fees, budget constraints impede its tech transfer mandate

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has written a letter to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, objecting to upward fee adjustments for filing and maintaining patents. In a letter to the PTO on Dec. 2, Mark Dvorscak, agency counsel for intellectual property at NASA, said "this upward fee adjustment will have a direct [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments