USPTO Creates New Programs to Provide Economic Relief During the Pandemic

Blog by Drew Hirshfeld, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO In response to a January 2021 Executive Order (EO) on economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, we established an Economic Relief Working Group (ERWG) comprised of individuals from across the USPTO to identify and […]

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Edmund J. Sease Retirement Tribute


On December 31, 2021, Edmund J. Sease officially retired after a long and illustrious career at the law firm that bears his name, McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC. Ed practiced law for 55 years where he established himself as one of the premier intellectual property attorneys in the country. He also taught and mentored students […]

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Gaming Company Patents Digging Holes and Filling Holes with Water

By Gregory Lars Gunnerson

They say in patents the name of the game is the claims. So, can you guess which game this claim likely belongs to? A game controlling method comprising: based on input to a controller, digging in a terrain object disposed in a virtual space, placing an object representing a flowable fluid in a dug portion […]

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Upcoming Issues of Patent Eligibility in 2022: American Axle v. Neapco

By Sarah M.D. Luth

2022 could bring about big changes in one of the most significant and murky areas of patent law: patent eligibility. In the upcoming year, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to take up a case which—in a Federal Circuit judge’s words—“bitterly divided” the appellate court on how to apply the law on patent eligibility. […]

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