This column highlights some of the more notable recent internet notices, newsletters and blogs dealing with IP prosecution issues.

Hal Wegner’s email newsletter – some great stuff – Contact: Hal’s blog is also available at

  • On December 5, 2014, Hal mentioned that he will be retiring after twenty years with the Foley Law Firm. Hal’s email newsletter will end February 2015 and Hall will continue with his patent academic interests. Full info here.
  • The December 11, 2014 post stated that the USPTO’s Glossary Pilot Program failed to attract the minimum 200 participants, requiring an extension through June 2, 2015. Full info here.
  • In the December 15, 2014 blog post Hal announced that the USPTO released the new Section 101 Patent-Eligibility Guidelines. Full info here.

Patent Docs – a patent blog –

  • The December 4, 2014 post discusses amending claims during inter parties review (IPR) before the PTAB. (Details here).
  • On December 11, 2014 Kevin E. Noonan explained in detail the bad consequences when a patentee unsuccessfully tried to undo a voluntary terminal disclaimer. (Details here). The referencede case is Japanese Foundation For Cancer Research v. Lee, 2013-1678, 2014-1014 (Fed. Cir., Dec. 9, 2014) (Details here).

Patently-O – a blog written by Dennis Crouch –

Miscellaneous –

  • The Chisum Patent Academy holds an upcoming patent law seminar on March 5-6, 2015 (Cincinnati, Ohio). There are a possible 12 CLE credits for this seminar. More info at More info here.

For more information about any of the patent topics mentioned consult Patent Application Practice. Trademark topics are discussed in Trademark Registration Practice. Both are published by West and updated twice a year. For litigation questions, contact Fred Douglas at 949/293-0442 or by email at