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 – .

  • Gene Quinn’s article on May 31, 2017 speaks as to the apparent lack of rules for judicial conduct for PTAB judges. (Full post here.).

Wenger’s Writings – Hal Wenger’s blog – a lot of great stuff –

  • On June 1, 2017 Hal described what appears to be an AIA drafting error that leaves  assignees without an entitlement to priority dates from earlier applications under 35 U.S.C. § 119(e), § (Full post here.).

OC Patent Lawyer – James Yang publishes a patent blog for innovators and businesses in Orange County, California –

  • In the May 29, 2017 post, James Yang explains how teaching away arguments against an obviousness rejection require more than a mere preference away from the combination Meiresonne v. Google (Fed. Cir., Mar. 7, 2017) (PDF here.). (Full post here.)
  • In a May 18, 2017 post, James Yang discussed the Federal Circuit’s opinion in Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva (Fed. Cir., May 1, 2017) (PDF here.) which held that the on-sale bar applies even for offers for sale that do not publicly disclose invention details. (Details here.)


  • The Chisum Patent Academy holds upcoming patent law seminars in Seattle, Washington on August 10-11, 2017 and August 14-15, 2017 respectively (two identical seminars). There will be a Washington, D.C. seminar in the fall of 2017. On March 8-9, 2018 there will be a seminar in Cincinnati, Ohio. There are a possible 18 CLE credits for these seminars. Each seminar is limited to ten attendees. More info here.

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