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Patent Office Eliminates Overtime

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There is some evidence that law firms have been adopting legal outsourcing at a slower pace than their own corporate clients.  There are a variety of reasons for this ;  most obviously, lawyers are not eager to send billable work to another provider, even if the client will save money.   As one partner articulated to me in a recent meeting, sending even commodity work to an offshore vendor is a win, win, lose proposition for a law firm (where the corporate client saves on legal fees, the vendor generates the fees the law firm used to generate  and the law firm loses revenues but retains the risk associated with the engagement). ...
It was played indoors on a smaller field than American football, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League . The AFL would play 22 seasons from 1987 to 2008 before large debts forced the league to suspend operations in search of a more profitable business model. In December 2008 the league's owners canceled the 2009 season to begin work on developing a long-term plan to improve its economic model. 1 Unable to agree upon a viable economic plan for the future of ...
1950's Restaurateur Makes Debut on Social Networking Platform
After a recent tour in Costa Rica to meet with their growers, Whole Foods Market decided Effective Microorganisms (EM1®) was a product they wanted to promote in the United States. Founded in 1980 as one small store in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is now the world's leading retailer of natural and organic foods, with 168 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market remains uniquely mission driven: "We're highly selective about what we sell, dedicated to stringent Quality Standards, and committed to sustainable agriculture." For a complete listing of stores, visit ... market research, surveys and trends
Congress Looks to Review Patent Examiner Goals - Patent Law Blog ...
The current pending omnibus appropriations bill would provide $2.01 billion to the PTO so long as all of that money is obtained by the PTO through fees. [ LINK ]. As Greg Aharonian noted in his PATNEWS, none of the $800 billion bailout money is being directed toward improving the patent system. The bill includes a statement that Congress will hold back $5 million until the PTO completes "a comprehensive review of the assumptions behind the patent examiner expectancy goals and adopt[s] a revised set of expectancy goals for patent examination." Today, many examiners operate well over their expectancy goals — earning ... market research, surveys and trends


production related costs, such as new staff and overtime. ... projection for FY 2009 and 12.4 percent or $274 million below the projected level ...... For example, the PPH, first launched with the Japan Patent Office in 2006, permits ... filing system, which eliminates the potential for data entry errors. ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Patent Law Blog (Patently-O): Patent Legislation
Dr. Zuhn has been covering patent happenings at the BIO Conference. His article discussing a panel on suggestions for fixing the USPTO is a great read . The theme presented by Sherry Knowles (from GSK) is one that many Patently-O readers understand - stakeholders cannot count on someone else to address problems at at the PTO. John Duffy, who participated followed-up with a note about GSK's role in the case of Tafas v. Dudas . GSK has been very well served by its attorneys, which includes an excellent team of lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis headed by John M. Desmarais. They've been successful in winning 99% of what GSK ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Resolving the iPhone 4 Antenna Problem
Of course this post is mostly tongue-in-cheek, and I do suspect the issue is overblown (yet very real). In my limited time with some iPhone 4s at multiple locations, anecdotal evidence has suggested improved reception – although I didn’t monitor how I held the handsets and didn’t make any voice calls. I will say that on the iPhone/AT&T platform (1st gen, 3GS), I’ve had more dropped calls and more calls that couldn’t be completed than should be acceptable and more than I’ve experienced on any other phone/carrier combo. Perhaps one day I’ll have the courage to make a permanent ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Consistent cash-flow from an unexpected corner
We like to have about 60 per cent of our equity investments in inelastic businesses, such as consumer, health care, financial and utilities. Inelastic businesses make money whether the economy is strong or weak – people still have to buy their toothpaste, pay their gas bill, go to the bank or buy their drugs. Two things we consider when creating portfolios: First, roughly 60 per cent is blue-chip stocks. They’re the anchors to the portfolio, where the dividends grow annually and, ultimately, the yields and income should rise, too. Second, we’re interested in companies that generate consistent free cash flow ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Draft USPTO Strategic Plan for FY 2010-2015 - Theme
Overtime is a critical element of our plan to reduce the backlog of pending patent .... Each international patent office, including the USPTO, is ultimately ..... This new procedure eliminates two layers of review; previously the Patent ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
The Office decision to eliminate the program was based on the fact that over time few inventors benefited from filing disclosure documents and many users erroneously thought they were filing a patent application. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
JOLT Digest » Digest Comment: The Future of Gene Patenting after ...
They reported that the USPTO had issued 4,270 human gene patents for 4,382 distinct human genes. Approximately one-fifth of known human genes were claimed in a U.S. patent. [1] Beyond human genes, there are approximately 20,000 patents covering a wide range of naturally occurring DNA sequences. [2] Gene patents include “[n]ine patents [that] have been applied for on the genes which determine your eyeball, 40 on those for your heart, and no fewer than 152 on a single grain of rice.” However, scholars and practitioners often question the scope and validity of gene patents on the grounds that genes are so essential to basic ...
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google granted patent to rank personalized searches based on bookmarks
this is definitely one of my favorite patents - for one, it was easy for me to understand; it appears google had planned on ranking results based on what people were bookmarking online before filing this thing in '03. The search engine may utilize ratings or annotations associated with the previously identified uniform resource locator to locate and sort results. Methods and systems for personalized network searching [ ] social g also included that the algo would rank documents based on peripheral variables associated with bookmarks: 8. The method of claim 1, wherein the personalized search object comprises ...
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