USPTO News and Updates

  • We have a new USPTO deputy director LAURA PETER.  Ms. Peter has been a registered patent practitioner since 1989 — working primarily in house for the past two decades. Most recently she was Deputy General Counsel at A10 Networks. She was also GC at Immersion Corp — by that point the company was really just enforcing its patents on haptic feedback game controllers. (See recent case) In 2010 Peters was the republican candidate for the California State House of Representatives — she won the primary but lost to the Democratic incumbent in the general election.
  • Ms. Peter’s Reg. No. is 33,545.  The most recent PTO registration number belongs to Mr. Noble Woo with Reg. No. 77,596 (Registered 11/5/18). Congratulations Mr. Woo!
  • The Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) will hold its next meeting on November 8 (AGENDA). You can either attend in person at the USPTO or watch via web stream.
  • The USPTO is continuing its excellent STEPP program for registered patent practitioners (STEPP = Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure).  The next training is January 15-17 in Dallas. [More Info | Apply to Attend]
  • In January we’ll see a major shift on the House Judiciary Committee — this is important because patent legislation generally goes through that committee. Hank Johnson (D-Ga) is expected to take over as ranking member of the IP Subcommittee. Although Johnson does not have extensive IP experience, he is known as an effective legislator.  Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) and Darrell Issa (R-Ca) are retiring from the House.

11 thoughts on “USPTO News and Updates

  1. 7

    Hank Johnson (D-Ga)

    So far it doesn’t seem that the Google bucks are flowing in:

    link to opensecrets.org

    Let’s see if that donor list changes for ole Hank.

    Both Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) and Darrell Issa (R-Ca) were Google servants. Their major contributors are big anti-patent corporations.

  2. 6

    Welcome everyone to PatentlyMM.

    Dennis — really; when is enough enough?

    1. 6.1

      MM has dominated this blog since spring of 2005. No matter what he/she does. He is also a protected class of people on the blog. He calls me horrible names (Often the names are se xual in nature and denote a person that is paid to perform per verse se xual acts. Yet he was permitted to use these names for years.) and yet I am not permitted to say he is likely a paid blogger nor may I call him a ba boon.

      1. 6.1.1

        And it is interesting that if you look at libel law, I am not committing libel by calling him a ba boon or by saying that he is likely a paid blogger. But accusing me of performing perverse se xual acts for money is certainly a libelous statement.

    2. 6.2

      To insure clarity and foundation, my comment at #6 was not only given in light of MM’s numerous, non-patent / IP related; and often Gab .com worthy; comments having nothing to do with Dennis’s post (which is as we all know nothing new); but because one of his comments (since removed) was that he would like the President and his family hung.

      That’s why I asked, “when is enough enough?”

  3. 5

    The next Congress will include at least six newly elected scientists, including a nuclear engineer and a biochemist.

    Excellent news (all Democrats).

    Also congrats to historic numbers of women, the Native Americans, and the Muslim-Americans who were elected to Congress.

    My condolences to the white protestant men who feel their power slipping away. Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo! Run off and plan some good ol’ gen0cide like Jesus taught you.

  4. 4

    Oh boy this is getting too funny. Is it Friday yet? LOL

    On October 23, 2014, Whitaker joined the advisory board for World Patent Marketing, a patent assistance organization based out of Miami, Florida and founded in February 2014. He said, “World Patent Marketing has become a trusted partner to many inventors that believe in the American Dream…I have always admired World Patent Marketing and its innovative products and dynamic leadership team. It’s an honor to join the World Patent Marketing board.”[8] This was re-announced the following week with the title, “Former US Attorney Whitaker Joins World Patent Marketing to Protect Inventors From Patent Marketing Scam”, and the statement, “‘World Patent Marketing is deeply concerned about the integrity of the patent system,’ according to Bill Flanagan, VP of Public Relations for WorldPatentMarketing.com, ‘As the fastest growing patent assistance company, it is our responsibility to weed out the bad actors.'”[9] Less than two months later, the company announced his “renewal”, and Whitaker stated, “As a former US Attorney, I would only align myself with a first class organization…World Patent Marketing goes beyond making statements about doing business ‘ethically’ and translate (sic) those words into action.”[10] CEO Scott J. Cooper “gave Whitaker’s 2014 Senate campaign a $2,600 donation and paid him nearly $10,000, World Patent Marketing records show.”[11] The firm was closed in May 2017 by the Federal Trade Commission for fraud.[12]

    But remember, folks: there’s no relationship between the worst glib/Re pyuke operatives out there and the patent system. None at all!

    At least none that we’re supposed to talk about because … “civility”. Or something.

    RTOFLMAO LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  5. 3

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just been purged. Commander Drumpf is getting his defense ready. Hopefully he’s in an orange jumpsuit before too long, or — less preferably — swinging by his broken neck alongside the bodies of the rest of his filthy family.

  6. 2

    2010 Peters was the republican candidate for the California State House of Representatives — she won the primary but lost to the Democratic incumbent in the general election.

    I hope Peters and Iancu appreciate the incredibly lack of public support for their “agenda.” The blow-back will be severe if they continue on the ins @ne trajectory that Iancu has been hustling to his “customers.”

  7. 1

    Grassley is not retiring. I think you meant Goodlatte.

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