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Scott Boalick appointed Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the appointment of Scott Boalick as Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Boalick has served as the acting Chief Judge for the PTAB since September 2018. Boalick begins his permanent role today. Jacqueline Bonilla was also named as Deputy Chief Judge […]

USPTO Issues U.S. Patent 10,230,342 Today to Zaxcom, Inc. for Methods for Extending the Dynamic Range of an Analog to Digital Conversion System

U.S. Patent 10,230,342 Issued to Zaxcom Congratulations to Glenn and Howy and the rest of the Zaxcom, Inc. team on the procurement of its 2nd patent for Systems and Methods for Extending the Dynamic Range of an Analog-to-Digital Conversion System. This is the 10th patent issued to Zaxcom in the nearly 15 years it has […]

The Impact of the Government Shutdown on the USPTO

As of now, the USPTO is operating on previously appropriated funds. Although the USPTO is self-funded via its fees, it cannot spend the money it takes in unless those funds have been appropriated. Therefore, when the current appropriated funds are depleted, the USPTO will cut back to minimal operation. It will receive filings but applications will not be examined. […]

A Confidential (Secret) Sale of an Invention Qualifies as Prior Art

On January 22, 2019, the Supreme Court unanimously decided Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al. holding that “[a] commercial sale to a third party who is required to keep the invention confidential may place the invention ‘on sale’ under §102(a).” The “on sale” provision of the America Invents Act precludes a person from […]

USPTO: Status of Government Shutdown

As of now, the USPTO is operating on previously appropriated funds. Although the USPTO is self-funded via its fees, it cannot spend the money it takes in unless those funds have been appropriated. Therefore, when the current appropriated funds are depleted, the USPTO will cut back to minimal operation. It will receive filings but applications will not be examined. […]