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Industry Insiders Make Patent Wishes for 2019

Industry Insiders Make Patent Wishes for 2019

One of many longest operating options on IPWatchdog is our Business Insider’s collection, which began out a few years in the past with an annual “needs” article. Annually we invite business insiders to make patent needs for the brand new yr.

For my needs, I’ll make three. First, as I did final yr and the yr earlier than, I once more proceed to want for patent eligibility reform in Congress that might overrule Mayo, Myriad and Alice.With there main business organizations supporting legislative reform, and a number of other Senators seemingly critical, maybe this want will ultimately come true ultimately, though as of now it appears to be an extended shot in 2019 given we now have divided authorities as soon as once more.

Second, shifting to the Phillips declare development commonplace on the Patent Trial and Attraction Board (PTAB) was an necessary first step, however the patent system requires actual uniformity. Director Iancu is right when he says the discussion board of the dispute shouldn’t change the outcome, however that requires legislative reform to boost the burden to invalid claims. So, my second want is for Congress to amend the statutes that created publish grant challenges and supply for an actual presumption of validity that requires invalidity to be confirmed by clear and convincing proof. Sadly, this want the identical or much less probability of turning into actual in 2019 as my final want.

Lastly, as I did final yr, I once more hope the Federal Circuit dramatically considerably decreases its use of Rule 36 affirmances, and particularly stops utilizing this docket administration device when instances are appealed from the PTAB and in addition with respect to appeals coping with 101 patent eligibility points. Rule 36 is a software that’s for use when the underlying determination being appealed is clearly right. Are we actually to consider that over half of the Federal Circuit docket is made up of instances the place the underlying selections are so clearly right that a one-word determination is acceptable? This defies sensibilities and logic, for instance, in an space as unsure as patent eligibility the place the ruling one receives is wholly dependent upon the panel drawn.

With out additional ado… I current the patent and IP needs of our esteemed panel of business insiders for 2019.



Roberta Romano-Götsch
Chief Working Officer
European Patent Workplace (EPO)

My want for 2019 is for much more dialogue and exchanges between corporations and inventors, and the EPO, with a view to additional enhancing the functioning of the patent system. Subsequent yr that’s going to be notably essential as a result of we’ll be creating and launching a Strategic Plan, which would be the EPO’s multiannual work programme for the subsequent 5 years. On the finish of January we’ll be launching a public session. So it might be nice if our candidates might give us their enter on how our providers might higher match their wants sooner or later and the way we’d proceed to vary for the higher and construct upon the progress we’ve made in recent times. We’re already investigating new initiatives, akin to including extra flexibility into the timing of the patent grant course of. However there are many different alternatives for constructive change that we will discover along with our candidates. So we’d love to listen to from anybody who needs to offer us their enter.

As well as, we need to maintain addressing developments on the international degree and with our worldwide companions as a result of the marketplace for digital applied sciences is a worldwide one and innovators are more and more lively in a number of financial areas all over the world. In our co-operation inside the “IP5” group, (i.e. the EPO with the USPTO and the patent workplaces of China, Japan and South Korea), we have now in recent times stepped up session with business associations to raised deal with the widespread challenges on each ends of the patenting course of. That is clearly a promising means ahead, which we should always pursue additionally in 2019.

Roberta Romano-Götsch is the Chief Working Officer of Mobility and Mechatronics on the European Patent Workplace (EPO). As Chief Working Officer of one of many three technical areas on the EPO, Ms. Romano-Götsch has duty for main 1,600 patent examiners, managers and administrative employees members in Munich and The Hague. Along with main Mobility and Mechatronics, she can also be chair of the EPO’s Operational High quality Committee.


Manny Schecter
Chief Patent Counsel, IBM

I want for a secure, balanced, and extra sure, US patent system.  Within the interval main as much as and together with passage of the America Invents Act, the first aim of US patent reform was the prevention of abusive patent enforcement by non-practicing patent entities.  Many modifications have been made to deal with patent abuse, however a few of these modifications went too far and unduly weakened the US patent system. Changes to the patent system shall be needed occasionally, however given the uncertainty brought on by the modifications made in recent times, we should always now attempt to strengthen the patent system simply sufficient to revive stability whereas minimizing the introduction of further uncertainty.  Kudos to USPTO Director Iancu for his give attention to sustaining patent system stability whereas making efforts to scale back patent system uncertainty by means of incremental modifications inside USPTO management.  I used to be happy by Director Iancu’s public recognition that extra certainty is desperately wanted with respect to patent material eligibility, becoming a member of a number of Federal Circuit judges expressing this similar view.  I’m additionally grateful for Director Iancu’s public acknowledgement that Supreme Courtroom case regulation has prompted super chaos by conflating material eligibility with different statutory doctrines of patentability, and his expressed willingness to assist with corrective laws, which is sorely wanted.  Our main curiosity ought to be optimizing innovation to advertise international competitiveness of the US in rising applied sciences.

Manny Schecter is Chief Patent Counsel and Affiliate Basic Counsel at IBM. Manny is lively in IP coverage issues together with legislative, judicial, and Patent Workplace reform. He has labored his whole profession, first as an engineer after which as an lawyer, in numerous enterprise models of IBM, attaining his present place in 2009.


Sherry Knowles
Precept, Knowles IP Methods

I want that in 2019, the U.S. Supreme Courtroom will research the U.S. Structure and rediscover that it was not granted any energy to create patent regulation.

I want that the USA will take the steps essential to be ranked Number one for 2019 within the U.S. Chamber Worldwide IP Index (GPIC) within the space of “Patents, Associated Rights and Limitations.”

I want that innovators will exhibit their brilliance by making transformational advances within the remedy of most cancers.

I want that the U.S. FDA will streamline its medical trial necessities to scale back value and time.

I want that each one patent publications filed solely in China and present solely in Chinese language mysteriously instantaneously combust with no remaining report.

Sherry Knowlesis Managing Associate with Knowles IP Technique. From 2006-2010, Ms. Knowles was the Senior Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline, the place she served because the worldwide head of patents for all litigation and transactional issues and managed a worldwide division of over 200 individuals in 12 workplaces. In 2008, Managing IP Journal named Ms. Knowles one of many prime 10 most influential individuals in Mental Property. In November 2011, Mental Asset Administration Journal listed her among the many prime 50 key people, corporations and establishments which have formed the IP market within the final eight years. She has additionally been acknowledged by IAM Journal as one of many prime IP strategists on the earth quite a few occasions. Ms. Knowles can also be a member of the Patent Masters school.


Raymond Millien
Vice President & International Chief IP Counsel, Volvo Automotive Company

My mental property-related want for 2019 is that some organizational, regulatory and/or judicial readability (and sanity) emerges with respect to so-called commonplace important patents (SEPs).

It’s common information that the automotive business (and any business dealing with disruptive change within the age of the Web of Issues (IoT)), has to answer buyer demand for so-called “related” automobiles. These automobiles present the power to hook up with the Web to facilitate not solely providers similar to emergency dispatch, concierge, maps, climate, visitors, driving analytics and satellite tv for pc radio, but in addition autonomous driving performance. With this Web entry, nevertheless, comes the query of whether or not the infrastructure in such automobiles want licenses from a mess of particular person patent house owners and swimming pools to implement 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G and different rising requirements in a means harking back to the smartphone patent wars that passed off during the last decade.

So far, every time the subject of requirements is raised, the talk facilities round whether or not those that maintain SEPs – and their commitments via numerous standard-setting organizations (SSOs) to license such patents on FRAND phrases – are in actuality licensing underneath an inexpensive royalty price, and what forms of licensing fashions are precisely truthful and non-discriminatory. The tutorial and mainstream press, in addition to international courtroom selections and regulatory our bodies steerage are crammed with approaches, analyses and commentary relating to these questions. Nevertheless, what has not been addressed is a extra elementary query: who decides whether or not a patent is normal important within the first place earlier than we even get to the FRAND evaluation?That’s, nobody is speaking concerning the abuse in declaring primarily on the SSOs within the first place!  In 2019, this merely should change.

Raymond Millien is Vice President & International Chief IP Counsel at Volvo Automotive Company. The above is his present private views and shouldn’t essentially be attributed to his employer.


Bob Stoll
Associate, Drinker Biddle

Like several magnificence pageant contestant, I might be remiss if I didn’t point out “world peace” or “a remedy for most cancers” or “options to local weather change” in my litany of aspirations however my focus for this text will think about patent points.

My first want is that the patent group unite to discover a workable answer to the patent material eligibility disaster.  Even those that say they’re proud of the established order acknowledge that some innovation is being stymied by the Supreme Courts holdings in “Alice”.  The misapplication of the requirements set forth in that case are fostering declines in job creation and financial progress within the industries of diagnostic strategies, personalised medicines and computer-implemented processes.  If we might discover an trustworthy dealer and embrace open-minded individuals from all viewpoints, I feel we might remedy this drawback.  None of the present legislative proposals have a lot of an opportunity of being enacted however an answer that addresses the varied view-points is feasible if the general public pushes for one and all of us deal in good religion to unravel the issue.

One other want for 2019 is that we attain significant harmonization of our nationwide and regional patent methods. The waste of the duplicative efforts across the globe is drawing vital funds that could possibly be reinvested in analysis to enhance the standard of life all over the place.  Our worldwide efforts went askew when creating nations needed discussions on treaty devices essential to them associated to biodiversity, folklore and conventional information.   Their requests have been met with pushback from developed nations so creating nations prevented reform on harmonization.  With blockage on the world stage, the developed nations did develop processes amongst themselves to considerably scale back duplicative work however now’s the time to redouble our efforts to reengage the remainder of the world in true harmonization.  We should always jumpstart talks on topics of significance to the creating world and desk international harmonization.  Everyone would get one thing they need!

Genies grant three needs.  I assume I would choose “world peace” for my third want from the sweetness pageant contestant’s menu above.  As a result of if we tweak our patent system to drive innovation somewhat higher, we’ll ultimately discover the “remedy for most cancers” and “options for local weather change”!

Robert L. Stoll has greater than 40 years of expertise in mental property prosecution. Bob retired from the USPTO as Commissioner for Patents on the finish of 2011 after a distinguished 34-year authorities profession. Bob serves as an skilled on patent issues, and is called an issue solver for instances with peculiar points and issues. He’s now Co-Chair of the Drinker Biddle Mental Property Group, and a member of the Patent Masters School.


Stephen Kunin
Companion, Maier & Maier

My most important needs for 2019 are for the USPTO to spend money on and modernize its info know-how methods to enhance reliability and certainty of patent rights and help patent examiners in performing greater high quality searches whereas defending the IT infrastructure from cyber assaults and intrusions which will can influence the integrity of USPTO databases.  The USPTO wants to enhance patent examination high quality by way of higher coaching and evaluation of patent examiner work product with an emphasis on the event of instruments and assets to leverage machine studying and AI capabilities in finding the closest prior artwork present in patent and non-patent literature databases.  Boolean, pure language and semantic search instruments now out there have gotten outdated and newer applied sciences have gotten obtainable to assist patent examiners within the early stage of the examination course of.

Stephen Kunin is at present a associate with Maier & Maier. He serves as an professional witness and marketing consultant on patent coverage, apply and process. Mr. Kunin served three many years on the USPTO, together with 10 years as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Coverage. Mr. Kunin can also be a member of the Patent Masters school.


James Pooley
Patent and Commerce Secret Litigator

Listed here are my needs for the IP group for 2019:

That Director Iancu succeeds in all of his proposed reforms to extend predictability within the patent system.

That Congress finds a method not solely to repair Part 101 but in addition to return IPRs to their unique design of a restricted window of assault for all comers, permitting inventors to realize quiet title on the PTO.

That commerce secrets and techniques proceed to realize respect with nations all over the world, mirrored in laws that consolidates related legal guidelines and that acknowledges the crucial want for entry to proof.

James Pooley has over 35 years expertise as a profitable Silicon Valley trial lawyer. Pooley possess deep information of patents and commerce secrets and techniques. The truth is, Pooley has fairly actually written the guide on commerce secret regulation, together with his newest title “Secrets and techniques: Managing Info Belongings within the Age of Cyberespionage”. Pooley can also be a Member of the IP Corridor of Fame, inducted in 2016, and he spent 5 years serving as a diplomat and supervisor of the worldwide patent system (PCT) as Deputy Director of the World Mental Property Group.


Marla Grossman
Companion, American Continental Group

Want #1:    Congress acts to make clear Part 101 Patent Topic Matter Eligibility Requirements

Congress ought to contemplate laws to deal with current Supreme Courtroom selections which have sadly narrowed the scope of patent safety for all times sciences and software program know-how by increasing judicially created exceptions to patent eligible material.  A number of corporations are happy with the brand new regulation on material eligibility and subsequently are vocally against any laws. Nevertheless, the PTO Director has highlighted the brand new uncertainty and unpredictability of this space of the regulation ensuing from the current Supreme Courtroom selections, and a big and rising variety of associations from the IP group are asking for a legislative answer.  As Justice Stevens stated in his dissent in Diamond v. Diehr, these Supreme Courtroom selections relating to the patentability of program-related invention “don’t set up guidelines that allow a conscientious patent lawyer to find out with a good diploma of accuracy which, if any, program-related innovations might be patentable.”   To rectify the state of affairs, Congress ought to promulgate laws to revive the scope of material eligibility in a transparent and technologically-neutral method because it meant when it handed the Patent Act of 1952.

Want #2:   The PTO hires a brand new CIO to supervise an overhaul of the company’s IT methods.

The place of PTO CIO has been vacant since Nov. third 2017, when former CIO John Owens left the company. Throughout current public PTO occasions, management has said that they’ve acquired a considerable quantity of purposes for the place, and the expectation is that a new CIO can be chosen in 2019.   The choice of a everlasting CIO is important to the longer term stability of the PTO IT methods. Over the previous yr, PTO customers have suffered from various IT failures, together with the eight-day Patent Software Finding and Monitoring (PALM) database outage in August 2018. It’s my hope that a new CIO will convey a targeted, detailed imaginative and prescient of learn how to modernize and keep the PTO’s IT methods.  The near-term focus of the CIO ought to be on buying examiner instruments that aggressively incorporate the newest synthetic intelligence (AI) and machine studying capabilities being developed within the business world.  Hopefully, any new modernization efforts may also embrace a balanced use of each PTO staff and out of doors contractors in order that the company just isn’t left in a sub-optimal state of affairs if/when key personnel depart.

Want #three:  The PTO continues to enhance its potential to help the Public Dissemination of Knowledge (PDD) methods which replace and share tens of millions of patent and trademark paperwork day by day. 

The PTO presently supplies the next patent and trademark bulk knowledge out there to anybody freed from cost:  Patents (grants, revealed purposes, assignments, classification info, and upkeep charge occasions) and Logos (registrations, purposes, assignments, and TTAB proceedings).  Hopefully this service, whereby patent and trademark bulk knowledge is made simply accessible and without charge to the general public, will proceed within the New Yr, and might be improved by means of newly-developed know-how.

Want #four:    U.S. and China will finalize an settlement to curb Chinese language IP theft and keep away from an extended and dear commerce warfare between the 2 nations.

In August 2017, President Trump signed an government memorandum ordering an investigation into China’s alleged theft of U.S. mental property by means of pressured know-how transfers and cyber theft.  The USTR investigation concluded in March 2018, and resulted in $34 billion in commerce motion towards China, adopted by a further $16 billion in June.  China retaliated with its personal tariffs towards the U.S. President Trump later directed USTR Director Lighthizer to impose one other $200 billion in tariffs on imports from China starting 24 September.  These further tariffs associated to the USTR’s willpower beneath part 301 that “the acts, insurance policies, and practices of the Authorities of China associated to know-how switch, mental property, and innovation coated within the [section 301] investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or prohibit U.S. commerce.”  These tariffs have been set at 10% initially and have been scheduled to extend to 25% on 1 January 2019.   One in every of my New Yr’s needs is for a de-escalation of the present commerce antagonism between the U.S. and China.  There are some indicators of hope:  in late November, President Trump and China’s President Xi Jingping agreed to droop new commerce tariffs and begin a 90-day negotiation interval.  Wu Handong, an adviser to China’s Supreme Individuals’s Courtroom, has indicated that China is accelerating the approval of a revised patent regulation partially to deal with U.S. considerations. Mr. Wu stated the draft was submitted to China’s legislature earlier this month and is predicted to be permitted subsequent yr. Revisions, he stated, would topic violators to larger administrative penalties and fines.  Whether or not any such modifications that emerge are enough to satisfy U. S. considerations stays to be seen.  Nevertheless, China has motivation to deal with its mental property insurance policies in a fashion that reduces present commerce tensions.    China’s progress price is declining, and the nation is extra depending on commerce than america.  Though its authoritarian authorities can extra readily mobilize public help and pressure its residents to soak up short-term prices within the identify of long-term improvement, its capacity or willingness to take action just isn’t limitless due to numerous different inner pressures on the Chinese language authorities.  Furthermore, now that China is creating its personal revolutionary and artistic industries it has higher long-term pursuits in offering enough safety to mental property in each a home and worldwide context.  The USA, in fact, just isn’t resistant to the prices of a commerce warfare with China as attested by the current volatility of U.S. markets.  Earlier this month, the USTR issued a Federal Register discover suspending the tariff improve 25 % price till  2 March 2019. Hopefully the New Yr will convey a deal that adequately addresses alleged theft of U.S. mental property whereas holding Chinese language markets open to U.S. house owners of mental property.

Marla Grossman is a companion at American Continental Group, the place she helps her shoppers with strategic public coverage planning and illustration earlier than the White Home, US federal businesses, and Congress. Grossman’s specific areas of experience embrace mental property, know-how, competitors and commerce coverage. With many years of expertise contained in the beltway, together with as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Marla is a real powerhouse on the mental property scene. 


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