Must Office Actions Be Disclosed to the PTO under Rule 56?

Inequitable Conduct and the Duty to Disclose 37 CFR 1.56 (Rule 56) establishes that there is a duty to disclose information to the Patent Office. The regulation states that “[e]ach individual associated with the filing and prosecution of a patent application has a duty of candor and good faith in dealing with the Office, which includes a duty to disclose to the Office all information known to that individual to be material to patentability.” The Continue Reading →

USPTO to Implement New Quality Measurement System

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that it will be implementing a new system for measuring the quality of patent examination at the start of fiscal year 2011.  This system is designed to provide a more comprehensive analysis of patent examination to better enable its participants to identify and follow its best practices.  The new quality measurement procedures were developed by the USPTO in conjunction with the Patent Public Advisory Committee Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 13, 2009

The latest on the STLR radar: Bloomberg reports that Yahoo has settled a lawsuit that accused the Internet search company of allowing unauthorized resellers of Mary Kay products use Mary Kay’s logos in pop-up advertisements. Facebook is sued again for being too free with your personal information: Wired.com’s Threat Level blogs that a Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the company of conspiring with Blockbuster to illegally obtain information from users who Continue Reading →