Question on Patent Issuance: I know that I have read this before — Is there a standard time that patents issue? E.g., is it proper to file a patent infringement case at 12:01 am on the day that the patent is scheduled to issue? What if the PTO’s website is delayed in its update? What about filing at 12:00:01 am?
Ward v. Troll Tracker – Now its a Federal Case: As an interesting litigation strategy, John Ward Jr. has also sued Frenkel & Cisco in Federal Court in the Western District of Arkansas (Texarkana). [Complaint] This filing has a hand-stamped date and hand-written time. (Filed March 13, 2008 at 10:45 am.) [Thanks to Ozark Patent Lawyer Brent Capehart for the tip]
More on Ward v. PTT: E.D.Tex. blogger and patent litigator Michael C. Smith provides his comments on the case.
Patent Reform: I’m working on a comprehensive patent reform post. However, Zura has some news on amendments to the Senate bill. [LINK]