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Patent Searching Guide

Via Amy Riegelman – University of Minnesota: Patent Searching Tutorial – includes Google Patents and USPTO Patent Database.

USPTO PatentsView Beta

“PatentsView is a prototype patent data visualization and analysis platform intended to increase the value, utility, and transparency of US patent data. The initiative is supported by the Office of Chief Economist in the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), with additional support from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The PatentsView initiative was establishedContinue Reading

Diversity Levers

Burk, Dan L., Diversity Levers (September 6, 2015). Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Vol. 23, 2015. Available for download at SSRN: “Patent law is capable of prompting innovation across a wide range of technologies by virtue of flexible “policy levers” that allow patent standards to be calibrated to the impediments that characterizeContinue Reading

Google Launches New Patent Search

Google: “With Google Patents, you can search and read the full text of patent grants and applications from around the world. If you’re looking for prior art, you can use the integrated Prior Art Finder tool and Google Scholar documents to find patent and non-patent prior art, all in one interface.  You can still accessContinue Reading

USPTO Teams with Google to Provide Bulk Patent and Trademark Data to Public

News release: “Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced [June 2, 2015] that the USPTO has entered into a no-cost, two-year agreement with Google to make bulk electronic patent and trademark public data available to the public in bulk form. Under this agreement, theContinue Reading

Trademark Functionality Reexamined

Bone, Robert G., Trademark Functionality Reexamined (May 28, 2015). Journal of Legal Analysis, Forthcoming ; U of Texas Law, Law and Econ Research Paper No. E557. Available for download at SSRN: “The functionality doctrine in trademark law bars protection for some, but not all, source-identifying product features—so-called trade dress—that contribute to a product’s functionalContinue Reading

Freedom to Tinker

Samuelson, Pamela, Freedom to Tinker (May 11, 2015). Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: “People tinker with technologies and other human-made artifacts for a variety of reasons: to have fun, to be playful, to learn how things work, to discern their flaws or vulnerabilities, to build their skills, to becomeContinue Reading

What Administrative Law Can Teach the Trademark System

Wasserman, Melissa F., What Administrative Law Can Teach the Trademark System (May 7, 2015). Washington University Law Review, Vol. 93, 2016, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: “In 2014, the Patent and Trademark Office (Trademark Office or Agency) made national headlines when it cancelled the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration. The Washington Redskins, a NationalContinue Reading

Big names or big ideas: Do peer-review panels select the best science proposals

“This paper examines the success of peer-review panels in predicting the future quality of proposed research. We construct new data to track publication, citation, and patenting outcomes associated with more than 130,000 research project (R01) grants funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health from 1980 to 2008. We find that better peer-review scores areContinue Reading

Paper – New Ideas in Invention

New Ideas in Invention by Mikko Packalen, Jay Bhattacharya. NBER Working Paper No. 20922. Issued in January 2015. “A key decision in research is whether to try out new ideas or build on more established ideas. In this paper, we evaluate which type of work is more likely to spur further invention. When recent advancesContinue Reading

USPTO’s Plain Language Toolkit Empowers Public on Patent Litigation

Director’s Forum: A Blog from USPTO’s Leadership – September 15, 2014: “Following President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union call to curb abusive patent litigation, I joined with the National Economic Council and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to announce the progress the USPTO had made in response to some of the president’s executive actions onContinue Reading

Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition

Released December 22, 2014. Download full text of the Compendium (1,288 pages). “Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante has released the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition (the “Third Edition”). The first major revision in more than two decades, the Third Editon presents more than 1200 pages of administrative practices and sets the stageContinue Reading