Top Four Stories of 2020

By Donald Zuhn –- After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its 14th annual list of top patent stories. For 2020, we identified eight stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe had (or are likely to have) a significant impact on patent practitioners and applicants. On Monday, we counted down stories #8 to #5, and today we count down the top four stories of 2020. As with our other lists (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007), links to our coverage of…

Top Stories of 2020: #5 to #8

By Donald Zuhn –- After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its 14th annual list of top patent stories. For 2020, we identified eight stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe had (or are likely to have) a significant impact on patent practitioners and applicants. Today, we count down stories #8 to #5, and later this week we will count down the top four stories of 2020. As with our other lists (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007), links to our…

“Creativity Machine” Cannot Be Named As Inventor

By Donald Zuhn — In a Decision on Petition issued in April, and signed by Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Robert W. Bahr, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused to vacate a Notice to File Missing Parts of Nonprovisional Application mailed on August 8, 2019 in U.S. Application No. 16/524,350. The ‘350 application, which is entitled “Devices and Methods for Attracting Enhanced Attention, was filed on July 29, 2019. The Decision notes that an Application Data Sheet (“ADS”), substitute statement under 37 CFR 1.64 in lieu of declaration under 35 U.S.C. § 115(d), statement under 37 CFR 3.73(c),…