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It makes no sense for an algorithm to be unpatentable simply because it is implemented in software

KAPPOS: "Back when I was an engineer we saw it in mainframe computers where you’d make an invention and frequently initially the software wasn’t fast …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 50

The Case for Software Patentability, An Interview with David Kappos

KAPPOS: ''Companies like Microsoft and Apple and GE -- all of whom are members [of the Partnership for American Innovation] along with IBM, Ford, DuPont and Pfizer …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 10

Up close and personal with Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents

This is the final segment of my interview with Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In this segment we get …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

An Exclusive Interview with Drew Hirshfeld, the new Commissioner for Patents at the USPTO

HIRSHFELD: "[Y]ou caught my attention with quality means we issue a few patents. So let me address that first. We’ve always focused on quality as …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 6

Ariosa v. Sequenom: Petitioning the Federal Circuit to Reverse Course on Patent Eligibility

This is a really important question both with respect to biologics and other interventions and also as the Federal Circuit does work with the Supreme Court’s …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 36

Is the patent system self correcting, or are we going too far?

Everybody has to be careful because you’re right if we undermine our patent system that is the only thing that allows America to remain strong competitively …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

Behind the Scenes on Octane Fitness and Fee-Shifting

I think there was certainly a level of abuse prior to patent trolls from larger companies that weren’t scrupulous trying to sue smaller companies and using …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 6

The End of an Era – Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino Retires

Since she first joined the USPTO as the newest examiner in 1977, Focarino has worked tirelessly in a variety of different roles, always as a public servant. Not …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 4

Keeping track of who owns patents around the world

Who owns what and whether the rights are perfected simply cannot be a question if you want to have a market economy that recognizes patents as an …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

The Changing Reality of Making Music in the Internet Age

Things have changed in a way because technology has allowed sampling of very specific parts of songs to take place sometimes without written prior acknowledgement or permission …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

Patent Quality Summit Preview: A Conversation with Valencia Martin-Wallace

According to Martin-Wallace, the goal of the Patent Quality Summit is to establish a dialogue between the USPTO and stakeholders so that both sides can obtain a …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 2

Understanding the valuable role played by Patent Trolls

The U.S. economy is full of intermediaries everywhere you look. But for some reason we have demonized the intermediaries in the market for innovation. Think of …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Inventors are NOT patent trolls and they are NOT the problem

Large companies can steal your patented technology, make a great deal of money, ignore you all together, and then have the resources, the vast resources in most …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 34

The European technical standard as a guide for drafting software patents

''A few years ago we ramped up our foreign filings and recognized that we’re writing this one document, this one patent application for so many different …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 6

Congress Seeks to Fix Unfair, Outdated Royalties for Songwriters and Composers

According to Congressman Collins, who I spoke with via telephone on Friday, March 6, 2015, there was a great deal of treatment of the SEA at the subcommittee level …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 6