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) IP Watchdog: Patent Drawings: An Economical Way to Expand Disclosure – This post discusses the importance of including patent drawings within patent applications that  show every feature of the invention specified in the claims, and explains when and where the applications would best serve the applicant.

2) Chicago IP Litigation Blog: Determining Senior User is Not an Issue for Motion to Dismiss – This post reports on Arcadia Group Brands Ltd. v. Studio Moderna SA, No. 10 C 7790, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Aug. 15, 2011), including both parties’ arguments as well as the judge’s decision.

3) Patents Post-Grant: New USPTO Fee Setting to Drive Filing Behaviors? – This post shares the procedures behind USPTO’s new rules implementing post-grant review (PGR), inter partes review (IPR) and transitional business methods post-grant review (TBMP) proceedings.

4) Patently O: Prior User Rights Defense – This post outlines Dennis Crouch’s testimony before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, and how the primary focus of his testimony was his estimation that prior user rights as circumscribed in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act are unlikely to have any real or measurable impact on the market for US patents, demand for innovation, or process of patent litigation.

5) Foss Patents: ITC Throws Out Barnes & Noble’s Antitrust Claims Against Microsoft Ahead of Trial: No Signs of Wrongdoing – This post explains the collapse of Barnes & Noble’s defense against Microsoft’s allegations of patent infringement by the bookseller’s Android-based devices, and weighs the significance of this decision.

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