A few updates while I wait for my airplane:
- Director John Love at the PTO has released a new set of “relaxed” guidlines for implementing the rules. These address some of the fears of major corporate patent holders. This is important to read prior to November 1. [Patent Docs explain]
- The PTO has published its new obviousness examination guidelines. The guidance on obviousness focuses solely on the Supreme Court precedent in KSR, John Deere, and other Supreme Court cases. Perhaps going beyond the requirements of the law, the PTO will require examiners to provide a full written record. A major focus is on finding the “problem” before determining whether the solution is obvious. Predictability is the another key. [Link]
- I’ll be in Dallas this weekend. (near Alliance Airport) Shoot me a note if you’d like to meet-up on Friday . email@example.com.
- GlaxoSmithKline has now joined the fray — reportedly suing the PTO to stop the new rules from becoming effective. Mike Strickland of GSK was one of the leaders of the lobbying campaign againt the new rules. [Complaint][Quinn]