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Foreign Filing Licenses: Where do I need to File First?

As communications tools make it easier for patent applicants and inventors to collaborate with one another across jurisdictional borders and inventors work in jurisdictions where they may not be residents, technological innovations are increasing by leaps and bounds. In many cases, patents are sought for these technological innovations. Patent practitioners, patent applicants, and inventors need to be aware in such circumstances of the potential need for foreign filing licenses. Essentially, many countries require patent applicants…

Invent or Don’t Invent …There is no Try

When it comes to inventorship in the United States, too often there seems to be an overly generous – even ceremonial –approach to naming inventors. “He was such a nice manager and encouraged me all the way!” or“She did a great job testing all of my prototypes and providing thorough test data” or“He did a great job reviewing my invention disclosure and asking questions about how the invention operates” or“She uses the Force for knowledge and defense,…

Diversity (or lack thereof) In IP Law

Hello World!  Thanks for checking out our latest post on Diversity in IP Law.  This is a topic of discussion that comes up frequently in our firm.  We are constantly looking at ways to increase the diversity of our team and the vendors we use. I recently came across an article from ABA Landslide magazine that touched on the lack of diversity, especially gender diversity, in Patent Law.  Not only were some of the numbers discouraging,…

USPTO Announces Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

As of July 2, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initiated the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program to advance applications out of turn in ex parte appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  Below is a link to the official documentation:Federal Register-Fast Track Appeals Pilot ProgramThe USPTO sets a target of issuing a decision on ex parte appeals within six months from the date that an appeal is entered into the…

Burris Law Client Spotlight: Ford Motors Helps With PPE for Covid-19 Outbreak

Welcome to a new feature on our blog!  Going forward we will be doing a quarterly spotlight on one of our clients and what they are currently up to.  For this month, the obvious choice is Ford Motor Company.  Growing up in Detroit, you see the Ford name everywhere.  On cars, factories, office buildings and even stadiums.  One thing people do not realize is how much philanthropy the Ford family does for our area.  From…

SUCCESS Act

On October 31, 2018, the United States Congress enacted a law directing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to study and report to Congress on the number of patents applied for and obtained: (1) by women, minorities, and veterans; and (2) by small businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans.  (SUCCESS stands for Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science - a copy of the law can be found HERE)On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Burris…

Oppositions at the European Patent Office (EPO)

We recently completed a trip to the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, Germany, attending an appeal of an Opposition in front of the Board of Appeal.  After having experienced several Opposition proceedings at the EPO, I can’t help thinking about how I wish the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) could have proceedings that are this efficient and effective.  Here are a few of my observations:First, the parties receive a decision from the…