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February 10, 2018

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February 10, 2018

As expected, Andrei Iancu was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to become the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, also known as the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Feb. 5, 2018. He replace Joe Matal who has been the uno...

August 29, 2017

On August 25, 2017, the White House announced the nomination of Andrei Iancu to fill the post of Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The position has been vacant since the resignation of Mi...

August 29, 2017

In a recent article, the 717 Madison Place blog published a disturbing article detailing how the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) picks Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) for expanded Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) panels. In oral arguments befo...

June 19, 2017

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court today ruled that a federal statute banning registration of offensive or disparaging words is unconstitutional, siding with an Asian-American rock band named The Slants, a name deemed racially disparaging. In an 8-0 ruling, writte...

June 13, 2017

Last week, Michelle Lee sent at e-mail to United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) employees announcing her resignation as Director. The reasons for both her resignation and its timing are unclear. Joseph Matal, a USPTO associate solicitor, was named as Interim Under...

June 12, 2017

The Supreme Court agreed today to review the constitutionality of inter partes review, an adversarial forum at the Patent and Trademark Office for challenging the validity of an issued patent, in Oil States Energy Service, LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC. The specifi...

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