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Patent Quality is Here to Stay

Michelle K. Lee | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Michelle K. Lee

The following post was originally published in Law360 When I stepped into the role as head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office a couple ...

Celebrate Badass Innovators!

Kathy Kemper | Posted 08.25.2016 | Technology
Kathy Kemper

Front row, Rohini Chopra, first USCTO Aneesh Chopra, USCTO Megan Smith, Coach Kathy Kemper, IFE Founder & CEO, Dep. USCTO and round 1 PIF, Ryan Pancha...

Modern Design Competition Allows Middle School Students to Invent and Patent their Own Creations

Natalie Kalin | Posted 08.12.2016 | Science
Natalie Kalin

The patent process is a nightmare for an adult, let alone younger patrons. Fortunately FIRST--an organization dedicated to bringing STEM programs and activities to young students--is giving middle schoolers an opportunity to invent and patent their own designs without any of these obstacles.

Can You Trademark a Sound?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

The first successful application for a sound mark was registered in 1978 and was filed by NBC. Thirty-five years out, it is still a notoriously long and difficult process. So when I'm asked by another business owner if they can trademark a sound, I always have to give a "yes, but..." answer for the following reasons.

Senate Needs to Stop Patent Trolls

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.05.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

More and more American businesses have found themselves tied up in senseless litigation or threatened with extortive threats as patent trolls exploit flaws in the patent litigation system. Because of this, businesses have been forced to spend valuable time and money on pointless lawsuits.

Talking leadership with the Patent and Trademark Office's Teresa Stanek Rea

Tom Fox | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently implemented the America Invents Act, a 2011 law designed to encourage innovation and sp...

Zach Carter

Obama Goes After A Different Drug Industry | Zach Carter | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration and members of Congress are pressing India to curb its generic medication industry. The move comes at the behes...

Zach Carter

U.S. Pushing To End Cheap Drugs For Poorest Nations | Zach Carter | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seeking to curb efforts to exempt the world's poorest countries from expansive trade rules that would substa...

Multiple Federal Agencies Ponder Relationship of Aggressive Patent Enforcement and Anti-Competition

Christina Gagnier | Posted 04.06.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

The issue of defensive patent enforcement is starting to move beyond consumer technology products.

In Other News, Obama Admin to Block Access to Affordable Cancer Drugs in Developing Countries

James Love | Posted 08.28.2012 | Home
James Love

The day before President Obama took the stage to remind everyone of the benefits of the U.S. Affordable Care Act, the USPTO was plotting with Congress on how it can defeat efforts by developing countries to obtain affordable access to drugs for cancer and other illnesses.

Republican Budget Bill Destroys Jobs and Puts Americans at Grave Risk

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

The fight is not over. As this bill, filled with sweeping cuts, goes to the Senate, we will continue to push back the GOP's efforts to hurt the most vulnerable and needy citizens.

The Day I Killed Freedom of Expression

Kembrew McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kembrew McLeod

I have a confession to make. On October 16, 2004, I killed freedom of expression. This wasn't murder -- it was more like involuntary manslaughter, a death caused by negligence. Just to be clear, I'm not speaking in metaphors.

Inventing Green

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan A. Schein

The Patent Office's decision to fast-track 'green' technology patent applications could help revive one of the most fundamental aspects of American society -- our speed of innovation.

USPTO Accelerates Green Patent Applications

Sandra Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sandra Thompson

From December 2009, the US Patent & Trademark Office is running a year-long pilot program to expedite green technology-based patent applications by advancing them to examination out of turn.

Obama Administration Embraces Corporate Lobbyists on IP Issues in Geneva

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

People at the USPTO have been telling me that Obama will be continuing the George Bush policies on intellectual property rights. So far, it is hard to argue otherwise.