Top 5 Patent Law Blog Posts of the Week


Today we continue our weekly installment highlighting the best of the patent blogosphere from the past week. If there are any patent blogs you think should be highlighted by our Top 5, please comment on this post and we’ll check them out.

1) CAFC Blog: Every Patent Practitioner’s Nightmare – Prosecution Mistakes That Can’t be Fixed – This post highlights the matter of Landmark Screens, LLC, v. Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP, and Thomas D. Kohler, and discusses how the decision provides an example of a set of circumstances that can lead to an unfixable patent prosecution mistake thus resulting in malpractice and loss of a client.

2) IP Watchdog: Earth Day 2012: 5 Green Innovations to Celebrate – In the spirit of Earth Day, this post makes a note of five Green-Tech innovations that relate to recycling technologies, energy conversion and conservation of energy. These Green-Tech innovations were selected as they all recently received U.S. patents.

3) Patent Docs: Opportunity to Reform Existing PTO Regulations and Ease Patent Application Paperwork Burden – This post discusses the PTO’s request for comments on the paperwork that applicants submit during post-filing, pre-allowance patent prosecution. According to the post, “This is a highly significant opportunity to seek reform of problematic PTO regulations, one that only comes once every three years.  This comment period gives the public access to an oversight officer outside the PTO whose job is to help reduce costs and unnecessary paperwork burden associated with PTO regulations or MPEP guidance.”

4) Patently-O: Federalism and Patent Law: Courts Split on Scope of Federal Circuit Arising Under Jurisdiction – This post analyzes three decisions in which members of the Federal Circuit disagreed with the court’s expansion of appellate jurisdiction to cover attorney malpractice cases involving patent law issues.

5) Patents Post-Grant: USPTO Prepares Final Patent Trial Rules – This post shares the public comments received by the USPTO in regards to the post grant rule. A total of 251 comments were received, and this post provides a breakdown of the submissions.

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