What do these most recent Federal Circuit patent eligibility decisions mean?
Is there any way to make sense of the Federal Circuit’s most recent patent eligibility jurisprudence once you get past the unfortunate rhetoric?
What should patent practitioners and innovators be doing today when filing?
Gene Quinn is the president and founder of IPWatchdog.com, a patent attorney, law professor, and leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy.
Gene’s writings typically focus on pending legislation, rule making at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and general commentary about the state of the industry.
Gene practices patent law with Widerman Malek, and the majority of his patent practice is focused on software patents and Internet innovations. Since 2000 he has also been a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course.
This year, for the fourth time, he was recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the top IP strategists in the world.
Bob Stoll has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property prosecution and athorough understanding of both foreign and domestic intellectual property laws thanks to his prior experience with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.
Bob retired from the USPTO as Commissioner for Patents at the end of 2011 after a distinguished 34-year government career. He was instrumental in the passage of landmark patent legislation, theAmerica Invents Act, and lauded for his efforts to reduce patent pendency and improve patent quality. Having risen from the rank of examiner to lead the 8,000-employee organization, Bob has spent his career improving the intellectual property system. He focused on educating the public, applicants, corporations and foreign governments on the critical role intellectual property has in
economic growth and job creation and stressed the importance of a comprehensive understanding of best use the system to protect an invention.
Bob manages patent prosecution for several multi-national corporations and troubleshoots particularly difficult applications himself. He conducts portfolio analysis and provides opinion work. Bob advises on post grant procedures before the USPTO and engages in policy work on patent issues. Bob regularly testifies as an expert on patent practice and represents other attorneys and firms before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at the USPTO.
David Hall has been practicing law since 1993. His practice is focused on patent preparation and prosecution in electrical and computer technology, semiconductor devices and materials, software, microelectronic fabrication, communication and networking.
David previously served as Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property of Cree, Inc., where he was responsible for managing patent prosecution, patent litigation, and licensing, and as Patent Counsel with Ericsson, Inc., where he was responsible for managing patent prosecution. Before practicing law, David was a systems programmer at IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC.
David is a member of the North Carolina Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He previously served as chair of the Patent Law Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, from North Carolina State University, and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of North Carolina.
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