This column highlights some of the more notable recent internet notices, newsletters and blogs dealing with IP prosecution issues.
The Wegner Red Letter – Hal Wegner is continuing a thirty-five year tradition of newsletter information to colleagues about patent developments that started on June 16, 1980, with a G II fax transmission to colleagues in Europe and Asia about that the decision that day in Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 921 (1980), and until the end of January 2015 had evolved into a series of usually daily emails to “The List.” Hal posts the Wegner’s Red Letter at the website of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association .

IPWatchdog – a patents and patent law blog –

Patent Docs – a patent blog –

  • On February 4, 2015 Andrew Williams discussed In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC (Fed. Cir., Feb. 4, 2005)  wherein the Federal Circuit sided with the USPTO in the first IPR final written decision review.  (Details here).

Patently-O – a blog written by Dennis Crouch –

  • On February 24, 2015 Professor Crouch discussed the USPTO’s secret SAWS program (Sensitive Application Warning System) that internally flags applications with “highly controversialclaims. in the wake of the Alice Corp. ruling.

USPTO – the PTO’s website –

  •  In a February 13, 2015 press release (15-02), the USTPO announced that May 13, 2015 is the first day of effect in the U.S. of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs. Starting on that date, U.S. applicant may file a single international design application either with the WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland or the USPTO to pursue protection in multiple economies. Full story here >

Miscellaneous –

  • The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA ) is offering a webinar on “Professionalism, Privilege, and Duty of Candor before the USPTO (An Ethics Webinar)” on March 18, 2015. More info
  • The USPTO’s Glossary Pilot Program failed to attract the minimum 200 participants, requiring an extension through June 2, 2015. More info .
  • The Chisum Patent Academy holds an upcoming patent law seminar on August 12-14, 2015 (Seattle, Washington). There are a possible 18 CLE credits for this seminar. More info.

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