Patent Law Blogs and the ABA

I am pleased to announce that Patently-O was selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal as their favorite IP Law blog for 2011. It is an honor that Patently-O has been chosen as one of the top-100 legal blogs by the ABA Journal each year for the past five years. This year, the list includes two patent law focused blogs: Patently-O along with Gene & Renee Quinn's IP Watchdog. Gene was running his popular site and working as a law professor even before I started law school. IP Watchdog was a great resource for me during law school both for Gene's straightforward explanation of the law as well as his practical guidance for those new to the profession.

Along with the listing of top-100 blogs, the ABA also conducts a public voting for the most popular blogs. In 2010, IP Watchdog was the winner, this year Patently-O won with a 49% to 41% final vote. Thanks to everyone who supported our cause! It is a great sign of the community and cooperative spirit associated with patent law professionals that both of our sites received more votes than 99% of the other law blogs. (I.e., only one site received more votes).

Of course, the Patent Law "blog-o-sphere" is not limited to our two sites. A few excellent sites that would have made my list include PatentDocs (Noonan, Zuhn, et al.), FOSSPatents (Mueller), IPKat & PatLit (Phillips, et al.), Biotech IP Blog (Holman), Inventive Step Blog (Osenga), PharmaPatents (Brinckerhoff), IP Spotlight (Singer), Just-a-Patent-Examiner, Patent Librarian (White), Green Patent Blog (Lane), All things Pros (Hazzah), TacticalIP (ZWM), Kappos Blog (Kappos), Gray on Claims (Gray), and Patent-Post-Grant, Chicago IP Litigation (Donoghue), SpicyIP, and ReexamAlert. (I apologize for missing a few good ones here). In my view, two holes are the absence of Joe Mullen's Prior Art blog and Frankel's Patent Troll Tracker. Although they don't have "blogs" per se, Hal Wegner and Greg Aharonian both deserve honorable mention here as the Deans and perhaps the Dons of patent blogs.  

30 thoughts on “Patent Law Blogs and the ABA

  1. 30

    Exactly no IDS? That is not acceptable at the USPTO! So like I said I am sure glad I did it right. You did it wrong. that is why she wouldn’t send me the documents. She knew I was not given all of them!

  2. 28

    Take a look at the throttle that Gene Quinn uses: if you post in a manner that is clearly not related to a reasonable position in the law you are put on notice and if you persist, you are banned.

    Funny then, how those who clamor against Quinn (for no appearant reason), detest this type of “throttle.”

    Clearly, the vocal against this type of reasonable approach are not looking for a reasonable discussion.

  3. 26

    If either are based in fact or supported by reasonable observations – then it is what it is.

    Reasonable observations of the available facts show that you are a shill for Gene Quinn, sockie.

  4. 25

    Translation: talk about what I want to talk about, in the manner I want to talk about it.

    It’s actually the way the USPTO wants to talk about it, too, sockie. Or maybe your mommy didn’t read you that part of the the oral arguments? You might have wet your bed.


  5. 24

    changes have actually occured

    BOOHOOHOOOHOOHOHOOOO, cries the sockpuppet.

    Of course KSR changed the law. Nobody disputed that. The law needed to be changed.

    That’s not what you were whining about back then, sockie. You know that. Everybody knows that.

  6. 23

    If either are based in fact or supported by reasonable observations – then it is what it is.

    Now basing things on sense of smell, ideological fantasies divorced from any semblance of legal reality or the purposeful conflation of multiple legal principles, well, then, those things would be symptomatic of the rubber room dwelling, now wouldn’t it?

  7. 22

    And it sucks more to ignore that changes have actually occured and to misrepresent wha the bulk of people were actually talking about back then, to get it so wrong (and so continuously wrong) and to flit about with the great sock puppet conspiracies.

    Yes, it’s exercise time for the nutso MM – see his usual mantra and just remember, soon he will be back inside his little rubber room.

  8. 21

    “Serious discussion”

    Translation: talk about what I want to talk about, in the manner I want to talk about it.

    Second translation: I’m a big baby and it has to be my way.

  9. 20

    since around the time KSR came out

    aka THE END OF PATENTS AND AMERICAN INNOVATION, as was predicted by the chicken littles at the time.

    In fact, more patents were issued in 2011 than ever before. It’s no wonder that most of those whiners disappeared under rocks and returned as socks. It sucks to be so wrong, and so obviously wrong, about such a simple thing.

  10. 19

    Gene’s “narcissist” control is directed at those who subvert the law.

    Since you seem to know what goes inside Big Gene’s head, please tell us: what does Big Gene think about sockpuppets who do nothing except (1) continually accuse one or two commenters at his blog of “shilling” and (2) praise other blogs?

  11. 18

    EG Gene warns you ahead time that you’ve strayed over the line of “reason.”

    He sounds like a great hero for a guy like you, EG.

    Has Gene explained why the Supreme Court needs to find Prometheus’ claims ineligible or otherwise invalid/unenforceable? If not, then he’s very likely strayed over the of “reason” himself. Or he’s just got his head stuck in the sand like you and Kevin, denying the incontestable facts.

    Let me know when you’re ready to have a serious discussion about US patent law and mental processes, EG. Until then, you’re just blowing a lot of sunshine up Gene’s bxtt. Again.

  12. 17


    Congratulations, and thanks for the great contributions to the IP legal community.

    The quality blog entries continue to be timely and informative. However, in the commentary sections like this one, a core of high-volume low-thought commentators has pushed the signal-to-noise ratio too high to bear. Better discussions are found elsewhere now. Have you considered some form of throttle or posts-per-day limit?

  13. 16

    Congratulations and kudos are always nice to receive, but I for one prefer to say merely “thank you” for the effort you put in to make your site a continuing source of timely and helpful information useful to professional and layman alike.

  14. 12

    I think Gene raises issues that should be discussed but I read IP Watchdog only infrequently b/c I don’t think Gene writes very well. Dennis’ (and Jason’s) ability to summarize cases and contextualize them in a clear and concise manner far exceeds Gene’s, which is why I’ll always look at patentlyo for case summaries. However, since Dennis went academic, the focus of this blog has taken turns that don’t particularly interest me, and since around the time KSR came out, the quality of comments on this blog, in terms of both substance and entertainment value, has dropped precipitously. In that sense, Gene’s blog fills a need that Dennis could but doesn’t.

  15. 11

    I, amongst many, read and contribute articles to IPWatchdog. And contrary to what you suggest, Gene tolerates divergent views (I, as well as other IPWatchdog contributors have offered some with which Gene and other IPWatchdog commentators have disagreed which has often led to vigorous and interesting debates). What Gene challenges (and won’t tolerate) are factually and/or legally unsupported and/or slanted viewpoints. Sure, Gene has strong opinions, but you see those posted here on Patently-O as well. And GR is correct, Gene warns you ahead time that you’ve strayed over the line of “reason.”

  16. 10

    Who are you people who read IPWatchdog? I read it for a while until I got tired of the author’s immature antics. He seems to think his opinions are the only reasonable opinions

    Have you read the comments here? Your description matches perfectly with the vocal minority that typically account for a direct 60% of posts.

    Gene’s “narcissist” control is directed at those who subvert the law. He warns prior to banishing. If your opinion is contrary to law, you can still voice your opinion, you just cannot pretend that that opinion is the law.

  17. 8

    I like to think that some of the criticisms made in these columns help to improve the quality of both blogs. Without the one, the other would be less vibrant.

    It is indeed a huge burden, to keep a vigorous blog running, constantly refreshed. Both Dennis and Gene are surely sensitive to constructive criticism and will surely find it useful.

    Meanwhile, I will continue to support Dennis and team all I can. For what I want, his blog is brilliant.

  18. 7

    Who are you people who read IPWatchdog? I read it for a while until I got tired of the author’s immature antics. He seems to think his opinions are the only reasonable opinions. I still remember him telling a commenter who said he wouldn’t be back that the commenter would be unable to avoid returning to his blog. What type of narcissist is the guy who writes that blog? I’ve visited the site maybe twice in the last year…

  19. 5

    I wrote a monthly newsletter in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. So I can testify from personal experience just how much work it take to produce a regular publication of that kind.

    So I will happily join with MM. Hats off to Dennis and also to Gene, both of whom have a deservedly loyal following. Both blogs did extraordinarily well in the voting, coming above blogs in categories that it might be thought would have a much wider audience.

  20. 3

    Congratulations to both Patentlyo and IPWatchdog – both are great resources. And thanks for the tips about the others.

  21. 2

    Sadly, the 12:01 Tuesday blog is on life support, apparently. The last post (re BPAI laziness, ironically) is almost a year old!

    link to

    Let it not be forgotten: blogging is hard work, especially if one has a “dayjob”.

    My hat’s off to Dennis, Gene, Kevin and everyone else mentioned in DC’s post, in that regard.

  22. 1

    Congratulations Dennis and his de facto partners, the regular commenters.

    (Except the thread-destroying troll, of course)

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