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 on: Today at 02:36 pm 
Started by dallin_packard - Last post by MYK
Would it put me in a significantly better position for internships if I have already passed the patent bar?
Yes.

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 on: Today at 02:27 pm 
Started by dallin_packard - Last post by dallin_packard
I am an EE student and will graduate mid August and will rush to law school weeks after. My question is: Is it worth it for me to take the patent bar at the beginning of my 1L year? I will be ready to take it as soon as I graduate with my EE, but my diploma won't be in for a month or so, so I wouldn't be able to take it until law school has begun. Would it put me in a significantly better position for internships if I have already passed the patent bar?

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 on: Today at 01:06 pm 
Started by dab2d - Last post by Peacefulness
Check the Filing Receipt that you filed for the application.  If the information is correct on the filing receipt, you're fine.  If it is incorrect, you can follow the instructions of correcting it which is on the Filing Receipt.  Alternatively you can simply file another ADS on the case and have it be entered.

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 on: Today at 12:08 pm 
Started by JkBnjmin - Last post by MYK
A patent is considered valid and enforceable unless proven otherwise, so yes, he can try to enforce it against you.  You would have to invalidate the patent, either in court or in one of the administrative proceedings such as ex parte reexam, inter partes review, post grant review. . . .  If you want to do it on the cheap, you can consider building up a listing of prior art and then counter-threatening your competitor with that listing after he threatens to sue you.  It is arguably safer but more expensive to file an EPR/IPR/PGR with the USPTO so that you can have your say instead of relying on your competitor's common sense.

The description on the forum, if it can be properly dated, could be considered prior art.  You would be better off doing a patent search and finding patents and application publications dated before the filing date.

Yes, known stuff and sometimes even complete garbage slips through the system sometimes.  The various patent offices around the world can't possibly sort through every single forum posting ever just to invalidate someone's application.

Nota bene, if he files a lawsuit before you've filed for administrative review, courts often are NOT willing to delay the lawsuit while waiting for the administrative review process to complete.  You're more likely to get a stay with IPR than with EPR.

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 on: Today at 11:53 am 
Started by dab2d - Last post by dab2d
So I keep seeing how to correct an inventorship issues, but I am having a hard time finding anything about correcting the applicant. If there is a misspelling of the applicant's name on both the ADS and the assignment, what would one do?

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 on: Today at 12:00 am 
Started by JkBnjmin - Last post by JkBnjmin
Just wondering how a patent got awarded for this when is clearly public forum talking about the exact thing 6 months before his filing date.
And what does it mean now that the patent is awarded? Can he enforce rights to it on my manufacturing using the same process?
I never would have thought to have patented this process because to me its just obvious, and so obvious I was sure I would find people talking about it before his filing date when i discovered his patent finally, by accident really.

So what when he comes threatening me with this patent? Can he actually enforce this? Or can I just say, "Buddy, here is a forum on the internet talking in detail about this idea 6 months before your filing date, so, take me to court then buddy"?
How does it work?

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 on: Yesterday at 11:51 pm 
Started by JamesO - Last post by JamesO
For anyone who might encounter the same issue in the future, I received a voice message from someone at the Sequence Listing Help Desk. She told me that there was nothing wrong with our description of “Synthetic peptide” for “Artificial Sequence.” She added that the reviewer forgot to include a description that the error in the error report (i.e., the W213 error) did not need to be corrected.

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 on: Yesterday at 05:19 pm 
Started by 1099 - Last post by 1099
Would anyone care to provide some feedback for what is average for a partner's time for hours spent on 
1. Average nonprovisional application. (15-30 pages, 4500-9000 words) for an app drafted by experienced patent attorney (4-5 years experience), assume partner did not interview the inventor.
2. Average response (e.g., no more than 20 claims and no more than 3 independent claims) for an average nonprovisional application (see above) for a response drafted by experienced patent attorney (4-5 years experience). 

I am doing some fixed fee patent prosecution and am in middle of negotiating a contract with a patent law firm.

If answering, please answer with one decimal place.   

Thanks,   

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 on: Yesterday at 01:27 pm 
Started by pricon - Last post by wildkrazyguy
Quote
But even for less specialized boutiques or more general firms, though, I've never seen job posts for "any random engineering degree";

A quick search of indeed.com for patent agent finds these on the front page:

"Bachelor’s degree in a Science or Engineering discipline required"
 "a background in aerospace, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, computer engineer or similar background required."
"Degrees Ideal candidates will have a Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering or a related advanced degree. "
"Education: Bachelor's in Engineering, preferably an advanced engineering degree."

There are also obviously some job postings that want specific degrees.  I guess firms are organized differently-- in the few that I have worked at, I couldnt even name the degree of most people I worked with (all PhD holders), just whether it was engineering related or pharmaceutical related. Different experiences, I guess. I will say I was always slightly more litigation focused, and I think it matters even less there, so that could be clouding my view. Good to here from different viewpoints.


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 on: 10-13-17 at 08:20 pm 
Started by pricon - Last post by smgsmc
"Again in my experience, firms generally dont care all that much what field of engineering you studied, since you will be doing everything."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but firms/corps do seem to care about field of engineering when seeking to hire.  Once you're in the door, there is an expectation that you should be able to handle everything within your degree field, plus some technology outside that area if need be. 

I was speaking with the head of IP at a big corp recently about a job posting that they had.  The posting stipulated that an EE or CS degree was required.  He said that about 80%-90% of the applicants were MEs, Chem Es, bios, etc.  He admitted that these people could most likely handle the tech, and had impressive credentials (in many cases, more impressive than the credentials of the EE/CS applicants).  However, he couldn't take a risk on a non-EE/CS, so he just picked the best 3 EE/CS candidates to interview.

Like I said in the next sentence, "Of course, if you want to go in house at a place like Apple, for example, then they will probably want you to be more specialized (likely in EE or CS)." In-house positions  likely to be more picky regarding background than firms. Maybe boutique firms would differentiate more, since I know there are for example some boutique firms that specialize in specific fields.
But even for less specialized boutiques or more general firms, though, I've never seen job posts for "any random engineering degree"; typically they will read, e.g, "EE, CS, or CE required" or "EE preferred, but physics with a device background will also be considered" .  At the firms I've worked at, associates and agents had their specialties, although they also took on work outside their specialties, depending on degree of difficulty and the overall workload:  a complex mechanical case would go to the ME guy, a complex electronic device case would go to the EE or physics guy, a social media case would go to anyone with a light docket.

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