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Patent Baristas http://www.patentbaristas.com Freshly Brewed Bio/Pharma Chat. Served Up Daily. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:23:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog Contest http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives/2015/09/23/expert-institutes-best-legal-blog-contest/ http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives/2015/09/23/expert-institutes-best-legal-blog-contest/#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:23:17 +0000 http://www.patentbaristas.com/?p=5354 From a field of more than 2,000 potential nominees, Patent Baristas has received enough nominations to join the 250 legal blogs participating in one of the largest competitions for legal blog writing online today.

Now that the blogs have been nominated and placed into their respective categories, it is up to their readers to select the very best. The process allows participants one vote per blog.  Each blog will compete for rank within its category, while the three blogs that receive the most votes in any category will be crowned overall winners.

The competition will run from August 27th until the close of voting at 12:00 AM on October 9th, at which point the votes will be tallied and the winners announced.

The competition can be found at https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/blog-contest/


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Patent Office Creates New Automated Interview Request (AIR) Tool http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives/2015/09/17/patent-office-creates-new-automated-interview-request-air-tool/ http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives/2015/09/17/patent-office-creates-new-automated-interview-request-air-tool/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 23:30:57 +0000 http://www.patentbaristas.com/?p=5351 The USPTO AIR is a new online interview scheduling tool that allows Applicants to request an interview with an Examiner for their pending patent application.

The USPTO AIR form is available here.

This is the type of 21st Century Government we’ve all been longing for.  You can fill out a very quick, simple form, propose a time and day for an interview with the examiner, digitally sign and you’re done.  Beautiful!

If you have questions or need assistance with the USPTO AIR form or with interview practice at the USPTO, you may contact an Interview Specialist or send an email to ExaminerInterviewPractice@USPTO.GOV.

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Patient Advocacy Groups Urge Congress to Strengthen Patent System http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives/2015/09/16/patient-advocacy-groups-urge-congress-to-strengthen-patent-system/ http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives/2015/09/16/patient-advocacy-groups-urge-congress-to-strengthen-patent-system/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:24:21 +0000 http://www.patentbaristas.com/?p=5346 On September 8, a group of more than 100 national and state-based advocacy organizations sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees urging Congress to amend H.R. 9 to preserve  protections of the Hatch-Waxman Act and to avoid weakening the patents that sustain medical research.

In the letter, advocates argue that the Innovation Act does little to address current abuses in the Inter Partes Review (IPR) process that threaten the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (the Hatch-Waxman Act) and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA).

According to the letter:

The Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings were intended to be a more efficient way to address patent challenges, but IPR opened the door to abuses that threaten the unique and specialized mechanisms under the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (commonly referred to as the Hatch-Waxman Act) and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). Congress established these carefully-crafted patent dispute resolution frameworks to balance the interests of innovators, generic and biosimilar manufacturers, and, most importantly, the individuals waiting for a treatment or cure. This system generally works well. Many generic medications are entering the market while, at the same time, innovative R&D is delivering new treatments to patients. These trends are helping individuals with chronic and complex conditions live longer, healthier lives. 

The letter goes on to state:

Congress never intended for the IPR proceedings to undermine the patent dispute resolution frameworks in Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA. We urge Congress to include language in H.R. 9 that would preserve the highly-detailed and sophisticated systems designed by Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA to avoid weakening the patents that sustain medical research. Strong patents will ensure that innovative ideas make it from the lab to the people who need them most. 

See the entire letter here.


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Indie Comedy Film ‘Trolls’ Takes on Patent Trolls http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives/2015/06/22/indie-comedy-film-trolls-takes-on-patent-trolls/ http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives/2015/06/22/indie-comedy-film-trolls-takes-on-patent-trolls/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:49:49 +0000 http://www.patentbaristas.com/?p=5327 logo

A new film, tentatively entitled ‘TROLLS‘, is currently in pre-production and into fundraising on Indiegogo.  Apparently, the film is a feature length comedy (comedy? really?) about start-ups, crowdfunding, and patent trolls.

Understandably, the working title of Patent Assertion Entities! was probably not such a great idea.  Whether or not you believe that patent trolls are (quote) an ugly, stinky zit on the face of the American legal system (unquote), I have to applaud their moxie.

From Indiegogo:

Filmmakers in Austin, TX are using crowdfunding to bring their new comedy film to life. ‘TROLLS’ will tell the story of one tech start-up that’s ruined by a patent troll, but figures out a creative way to fight back!

Lex Lybrand, the writer/director of the new feature comedy film, writes:

I wrote the script after months of research that included getting first-hand accounts from residents of Marshall, TX, stories from entrepreneurs that have been (or are still being) sued, and stories from the various podcasts that have been involved with trolls in the last few years. I’m hoping to shine a bright light on the ridiculousness of this whole industry with this film.

Enter, Trolls.

According to the press release:

Trolls tells the (fictional) story of a tech start-up in Austin, TX that invents an amazing new product — the NeverCharge Battery. Their device uses a combination of magnets & wireless charging to instantly bring any cell phone battery to a full charge… forever. Naturally, their invention takes the world by storm & they shatter every crowdfunding record. Everything is great until they’re served with a lawsuit by a patent troll. They lose everything when a shady judge in Marshall, TX uses an even shadier interpretation of an outdated intellectual property law to enforce a patent that the troll owns.

This sounds absurd, but it happens every day.

Trolls aims to bring this issue to an even wider audience, and Lybrand hopes his satirical profile of the industry will help move Congress in the right direction. “I can’t do anything about it, legally… But maybe if I make fun of it then somebody who can do something about it will do something about it.”

You can find out more and contribute to the Indiegogo campaign today at:   http://www.indiegogo.com/at/TrollTheTrolls.

Here is the press release for the film:  http://www.prlog.org/12465997-indie-comedy-film-trolls-takes-on-patent-trolls-via-indiegogo.html

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USPTO Releases Enhancements to Private PAIR http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives/2015/06/15/uspto-releases-enhancements-to-private-pair/ http://www.patentbaristas.com/archives/2015/06/15/uspto-releases-enhancements-to-private-pair/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:28:18 +0000 http://www.patentbaristas.com/?p=5325

ADVISORY (13Jun2015) USPTO Announces Enhancements to Private PAIR

Beginning on June 13, 2015, users will notice several new Private PAIR features that will allow users to self-administer a number of routine administrative tasks that previously required the submission of a paper form.  These requests will be processed immediately. The enhancements include the ability to submit entity status changes, create new customer numbers, submit correspondence and/or maintenance fee address changes, and view saved or submitted requests.  The Address & Attorney/Agent tab has also been enhanced to include complete information for correspondence address, maintenance fee address and power of attorney information.

Additional Information:

>> PAIR Administration FAQs

Entity Status Changes

  • Upon searching an application that is associated to your customer number, an “Update” link will made available on the Application Data tab next to the Entity Status allowing you to submit a request to change the entity status of the application. A record of the entity status change will be added to the Image File Wrapper and an entry will be added to the Transaction History tab. Users may notice that all applications are set to Regular Undiscounted entity status by default upon initial filing until the application completes formalities review.  Once this review is complete, the entity status will be updated based on any assertion of small or micro entity status. For more information, please refer to the Entity Status Quick Start Guide linked below.

>> Entity Status Change QSG

Create New Customer Number

  • Found under the “PAIR Administration” menu, users will now have the ability to create a new customer number. Users will be able to enter address information, choose the preferred method of outgoing correspondence (Mail, e-Mail).  Additionally, registered practitioners will be able to associate additional attorneys or agents to the customer number. For more information, please refer to the Create New Customer Number Quick Start Guide linked below.

>> Create New Customer Number QSG

Update Application Address

  • Found under the “PAIR Administration” menu, users will now have the ability to update the correspondence and/or maintenance fee address of up to 20 application/patent numbers. Requests must be submitted by the Attorney or Agent of record who has been given power of attorney in the application.  At this time, Private PAIR address changes are only available to registered practitioners. Other users will still need to submit address change requests through existing methods. For more information, please refer to the Update Application Address Quick Start Guide linked below.

>> Update Application Address QSG

View Saved and Completed Requests

  • Found under the “PAIR Administration” menu, users will also be able to view previously saved and completed entity status change, new customer number, and address change requests.  Saved requests will be available for up to seven days and submitted requests will be available for up to the past 90 days.

Address & Attorney/Agent tab

  • The Address & Attorney/Agent tab has been enhanced to include complete correspondence address, maintenance fee address and power of attorney information.  Links have been added to the top of the page for each type.  Each page will include the address, customer number and attorney/agent information that is associated to the given application.  If information is not available, data will not be displayed on the page.
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