New USPTO Director Nominated

Yesterday, Kathi Vidal was officially nominated by the President as the next Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Vidal currently practices in Silicon Valley and has extensive patent litigation...

NEW PATENT APPEAL RULES TO TAKE EFFECT DEC. 10, 2008

New rules concerning ex parte patent appeals are set to take effect Dec. 10, 2008.  In response to their publication in June 2008, many in the field are characterizing them as making the process more costly and cumbersome, while proponents claim they provide much...