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

IPWatchdog – a patent law blog –

  • On May 22, 2019, Eileen McDermott discussed the draft text of proposed new Section 101. The proposed changes are directed towards favoring patent eligibility. The draft text of the bipartisan, bicameral proposal to reform Section 101 of the Patent Act is available here. (Details).
  • On June 12, 2019, Ryan Cagle provided warnings to avoid running afoul of foreign filing license requirements, which can be complicated when companies and universities pursue inventive activities in various nations with inventors of varied citizenship. (Details )

Patently-O – a blog written by Dennis Crouch –

  • In a June 20, 2019 post, Professor Dennis Crouch discussed Forum US, Inc. v. Flow Valve, LLC, No. 2018-1765 (Fed. Cir., June 17, 2019wherein the court applied a heightened written description test for reissue patents. (Details)

Patent Docs – A patent blog –

  • On June 16, 2019, Michael Borella reviewed computer-implemented functional claiming under 35 U.S.C. § 112 in light of the USPTO’s June 11, 2019 Patent Quality Chat on that topic (PDF). Full details here

AIPLA – the profession’s national organization – see

  • AIPLA will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting October 24-26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. More information on this meeting and other events are available here.


  • The Chisum Patent Academy holds upcoming patent law seminars in Seattle, Washington on August 8-9, 2019. Complete syllabi for all Chisum seminars are available here. There are a possible 18 CLE credits for these seminars. Each seminar is limited to ten attendees. 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 patent prosecution or litigation questions, contact Fred Douglas at 949/293-0442 or by email at