Again this holiday season, Oblon is a proud supporter of The Children's National Hospital, Disabled American Veterans, and The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. This year marks over 25 years that the Firm and its employees have joined together to raise money for these organizations, giving gifts to children, and providing support to families in need in the local community.
USPTO Issues Second Federal Register Notice on Artificial Intelligence and Innovation
On October 30, 2019, the USPTO issued a second Federal Register Notice requesting comments on artificial intelligence patent issues to assist in "evaluating whether further examination guidance is needed to promote the reliability and predictability of patenting artificial intelligence inventions."
The comment period, ending on December 16, 2019, is now open.
The Federal Circuit in a precedential opinion in Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., vacated and remanded a final written decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), finding that the Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) are not constitutionally appointed, violating the Appointments Clause. Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., No. 2018-2140 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 31, 2019). The opinion in Arthrex also indicates that an Appointments Clause challenge should be timely raised on appeal, and thus, is waived when not presented in an appeal that has passed or been decided.
Oblon's Patent Prosecution practice and partners from the firm's Chemical, Electrical & Mechanical and Litigation practices have received top national rankings in the 2019 edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals.