SUCCESS ACT – Selected Public Comments

Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act of 2018 On October 31, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success  Act of 2018 or “SUCCESS Act”. Section 3 of the act requires the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in consultation with the …

Chrimar v. ALE: Federal Circuit Approves PTAB Nullification of Previously Affirmed Jury Verdict

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) “Immediately upon affirming the PTAB cancellation, the same Federal Circuit panel wiped out Chrimar’s second final judgment against ALE…. The Federal Circuit identified no error by the judge or jury. Yet the PTAB unwound the verdict.” This article has been updated to include a statement from ALE’s counsel, Jackson Walker LLP. Yesterday, the Federal Circuit …

Thank you, Representative Lee and Representative Collins

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of the 18th District of Texas and Representative Doug Collins of the 9th District of Georgia made an appearance at US Inventor’s congressional briefing, expressing their support of inventor rights. Twenty-nine inventors from twenty-one different states were in attendance, each a member or founder of a prominent inventor organization. Attendees included: …

Small Business Inventors

USPTO records show 325,000 inventors that work for themselves or a small business obtained patents between 1989 and 2019. This report provides a breakdown by state and Congressional District. SBA Inventors by State State SBA Inventors Rank Alabama 2,217 30 Alaska 159 50 Arizona 4,906 21 Arkansas 903 40 California 61,142 1 Colorado 8,401 14 Connecticut 5,988 18 Delaware 851 …

Another PTAB Casualty: Emmy Awarded Wireless Microphone Technology Could Be Invalidated

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) “I have joined with U.S. Inventor and other stakeholders to ask the USPTO to focus on the tremendous harm that post-issuance reviews cause to the ‘economy and the integrity of the patent system’ when they are used as weapons against small inventor-owned businesses.” On October 25, the AIPLA Annual Meeting will host a Patent Trial and Appeal …

Letter to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) August 5, 2019

August 5, 2019 Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Marylee Jenkins, Chair; Steven Caltrider, Jennifer A. Camacho, Barney Cassidy, Mark E. Goodson, Bernard J. Knight, Jr., Dan H. Lang, Jeffrey M. Sears, Julie Mar-Spinola, Members; Pamela R. Schwartz, Catherine Faint, Vernon Ako Towler, Union Representatives Via email to: ppac@uspto.gov Dear Committee: The PTAB is still off the rails and destroying the …

Inventor Rights Proposal

Download the Inventor Rights Act One Page INVENTOR RIGHTS PROPOSAL Legislation is required to restore patent protection for inventors and mitigate a generation of laws, regulations, and court decisions that have discouraged innovation by failing to secure to inventors the exclusive rights to their discoveries. TODAY’S INVENTORS Face hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expense and annihilation of their patent …

US Inventor Success Act Comments

June 30, 2019 Chief Economist Mail Stop OPIA Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office P.O. Box 1450 Alexandria, VA 22313-1450 successact@uspto.gov Comments on the SUCCESS Act Introduction US Inventor is a non-profit association of inventors devoted to protecting the intellectual property of individuals and small companies. We represents our 13,000 inventor and small business members by promoting strong …

Congress Must Work to Understand the Language of Inventors

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) “In 2019, non-inventors are again dominating the legislative process, including some of the very individuals that successfully advocated for the harmful decisions and policies of years past.” One of the more dramatic moments in my $20 million dollar patent brawl occurred in the pivotal preliminary injunction hearing at the courthouse in downtown Tyler, Texas. I learned that …

PTAB Update – Inventors Remain Under Assault

Despite recent management and rule changes at the USPTO, inventors still lack meaningful rights. Highlighted below are some recent examples of ongoing PTAB abuse. Overwhelming Financial Burden for Inventors AIPLA reports that the average cost for an AIA trial is $450K. Only 16% patents emerge the PTAB intact. Small businesses built on a patented technology don’t have $450K to wager …