Don’t Be Mistaken for a Troll: Compliance with State Patent Legislation

February 3, 2015

By Adam Beckstrom George Washington was one of many early supporters of the patent system, recognizing it as essential to provide encouragement to inventors to produce new and useful inventions. Despite early support from many of the founding fathers, the patent system has also received a great deal of criticism throughout the history of this […]

SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products

October 9, 2014

On September 17, 2014, the Federal Circuit decided the SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products case (Case No. 2013-1564).  On appeal was the district court’s summary judgment grant of laches and equitable estoppel.  The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of laches and reversed its grant of equitable estoppel. The dispute between […]

Mark W. Ford

Fast Track Patent Prosecution

February 14, 2014

By Jason Sanders They say that patience is a virtue. Yet with patent prosecution, patience isn’t as much of a virtue as it is a requirement. Certainly the 28-and-a-half-month average pendency of a patent application will test anyone’s patience.1 And it gets worse: the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) estimates that the total […]