This column highlights some of the more notable recent internet notices, newsletters and blogs dealing with IP prosecution issues.
IPWatchdog – a patents and patent law blog –

  • A post by James Cosgrove on August 4, 2015 discussed the outlook for business method patents Read full post here.

Patently-O – a blog written by Dennis Crouch –

  • The August 4, 2015 post updates the status of patent and trade secret legislation pending in Congress
    Read full post here.
  • A post on July 17, 2015 by Professor Crouch detailed historical data on patent prosecution pendency in the U.S. Seems that patent prosecution pendency is generally improving. Read full post here.

USPTO – the PTO’s website–

  • In an August 7, 2015 emailed notice, the USPTO Director’s Forum Blog introduced a new initiative, eCommerce Modernization (eMod) that will phase in over the next few years to replace current EFS-Web, Public PAIR, and Private Pair. To find more information about eMod.
    Read full post here.

AIPLA – the profession’s national organization–

  • AIPLA will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting October 22-24, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  (703-415-0780). To make reservations click here, or call 1-877-212-5752

Miscellaneous –

  • The Chisum Patent Academy holds an upcoming patent law seminar in Washington, D.C. on September 24-25, 2015 . The seminar explores blockbuster Supreme Court and Federal Circuit patent decisions of 2014-2015 and considers responsive strategies. The round table format is intended for experienced practitioners (litigators and patent prosecutors) and is limited to 10 participants. Read the full post here. There is another seminar scheduled in Cincinnati, Ohio in March 2016. There are a possible 18 CLE credits for these seminars. 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