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February 2, 2016 - Kasha Law LLC will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this year! 

January 15, 2016 - Supreme Court grants petitions for writs of certiorari in CUOZZO SPEED TECHNOLOGIES V. LEE, MICHELLE K. (Kasha Law LLC served as counsel before PTAB and CAFC) Order 

December 22, 2015 - Hoverboards epitomize broken patent system. WSJ article 

August 20, 2015 - USPTO releases proposed rule changes for post-grant proceedings. Proposed Rules 

August 6, 2014 - For applications withdrawn from allowance due to Alice decision, Applicants may request a refund, a credit to a deposit account, or reapplication of the fee if the applications return to allowed status.

August 6, 2014 - USPTO guidelines in light of Alice decision. 

August 16, 2013 - Kasha Law LLC serves as co-counsel for first ever Oral Hearing in an Inter Partes Review.

October 1, 2012 - Kasha Law LLC is pleased to welcome Kelly L. Kasha as our new managing member. People

September 11, 2012 - Of USPTO's 11,000 employees, 66.3% telework. Washpost

June 9, 2011 - 
Unanimous Supreme Court upholds clear and convincing standard for proving patent invalidity. 

February 10, 2009 - The USPTO announced today that beginning in March all Applicants can optionally request to receive an e-mail notifying them to directly access new outgoing correspondence in Private PAIR in lieu of receiving a paper notification.

May 28, 2010 -  Venter has had broad patent applications filed on synthetic genomics since 2005. see Blogs

May 20, 2010 -  Venter boots first synthetic genome; patents to follow. see Blogs

March 11, 2010 -  Nokia applies for kinetic energy device patent. see Blogs

March 11, 2010 - Judge Kathleen McDonald O'Malley nominated for CAFC. see Blogs

February 18, 2010 - The USPTO is hiring Examiners again. USAJobs

November 10, 2009 - The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in Bliski v. Kappos.  63 questions for Petitioner (Bilski) and 36 quesitons for Respondent.  According to the Shullman Analysis Kappos is likely to prevail.  The only issue appears to be whether or not the machine or transformation test is upheld. 

November 9, 2009 - The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in Bilski v. Kappos.  WSJ

August 24, 2009 - The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Bilski v. Kappos (formerly Bilski v. Doll) on November 9, 2009.

June 1, 2009 - The Supreme Court grants certiorari in Bilski v Doll. Orders of the Supreme Court

April 27, 2009 - The Supreme Court denies certiorari allowing patents to be held unenforceable based on inequitable conduct.  In this case an expert failed to reveal that he had compared drugs of two different doses.  Aventis v. Amphastar (Fed. Cir. Dec.)

March 20, 2009 - The Federal Circuit overrules the District Court with regard to USPTO Final Rules 75, 114, and 265, but upholds the ruling invalidating Final Rule 78.  In short, all Final Rules were reinstated except the rule regarding continuation applications. Tafas v. Doll

January 14, 2009 - Top 5 in issued patents in 2008: 1. IBM 2. Samsung 3. Canon 4. Microsoft 5. Intel. More info

 January 13, 2009- The BPAI finds that "the recitation of a 'processor' fails to impose any meaningful limits on the claim's scope" and, therefore, "is insufficient to establish patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 according to the In re Bilski decision. Ex parte Cornea-Hasegan Flowchart Ex parte Cornea-Hasegan Decision

November 21, 2008 - The BPAI issued its first post-In re Bilski decision on November 6, 2008 regarding the patentability of a computer readable medium  claim. Ex parte Bo Li Blog entry Ex parte Bo Li opinion More In re Bilski Info

November 20, 2008 - View our In re Bilski flowchart showing the new requirements for § 101, read our In re Bilski blog entry, or read the entire In re Bilski opinion.

November 13, 2008 - New USPTO Ex Parte Patent Appeals rules were to take effect on December 10, 2008 (now postponed).  These rules include substantive and procedural changes that are aimed at reducing the USPTO’s workload.  In turn, these changes may increase the workload for applicants.  Substantively, applicants are now required to resolve non-appealable issues by petition before an appeal can be considered.  Examiners are now prevented from providing new grounds for a rejection in an answer and from filing a reply brief.  Procedurally, an applicant’s reply brief now has a strict page limit and must include more sections and sections that are clearly defined by the USPTO. New Rules

October 30, 2008 - Today the Federal Circuit found that "transformation or manipulations of...business risks, or other such abstractions" are not patentable.  This ruling is likely to limit business methods patents. In re Bilski 

August 13, 2008 - The Federal Circuit has found that copyright holders who engage in open source licensing have the right to control the modification and distribution of copyrighted material. Jacobsen v. Katzer

August 7, 2008 - The FBI has named Bruce E. Ivins as being responsible for the anthrax attacks in 2001.  Among the motives considered is Dr. Ivins' patent on an anthrax vaccine. U.S. Patent No. 6,387,665June 9, 2008 - The Supreme Court ruled today that the doctrine of patent exhaustion does apply to method patents. Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc.

April 1, 2008 - A district court judge in the Eastern District of Virginia has granted Glaxo's summary judgment motion, effectively voiding USPTO rules that were to have gone into effect last year.  Tafas v. Dudas

February 26, 2008 - The Federal Circuit today asked a district court to review its decision to award treble damages to an inventor who had won a patent infringement suit against Microsoft.  Microsoft was seeking to reduce the award from $0.12 to $0.04 per infringing copy of software. Amado v. Microsoft Corp. See Blog

February 12, 2008 - A jury in Texas has decided Boston Scientifc should pay a radiologist $431 million for infringement of a patent related to drug-coated stents. More Info

October 31, 2007 - A district court judge has granted a preliminary injunction to GSK, delaying USPTO rules that were to go into effect on November 1, 2007. More Info

August 20, 2007 -  The Federal Circuit has clarified the scope of the waiver of attorney-client privilege, raised the standard for willful infringement, and eliminated the obligation to obtain opinion of counsel in In re Seagate.  More Info

IAugust 7, 2007 - Microsoft's post-trial motion has succeeded and the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history, $1.5 billion, has been overturned.  More Info

July 31, 2007 - It has been reported that a San Francisco-based district court judge has reversed his position based on the Supreme Court's decision in KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc.  More Info

June 7, 2007 - Today the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral argument in the case of In re Seagate.  In re Seagate is expected to determine the extent to which a party's assertion of the advice of counsel extends to the waiver of attorney-client privilege.  More Info

May 8, 2007 - Amazon.com Inc. and IBM Corp. today agreed to settle their patent suit.  More Info

April 30, 2007  - The Supreme Court today overruled the teaching, suggestion, or motivation (TSM) test for obviousness that the Federal Circuit has applied.  This ruling may make it more difficult to get and enforce a patent.  KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc. 

April 30, 2007  - The Supreme Court ruled today that U.S. patent law does not apply to software copied outside of the U.S. Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp.

April 6, 2007 - A judge has granted a temporary stay of the injunction against Vonage in its patent suit with Verizon.  More Info

March 28, 2007 - HP has sued Acer for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas.   

March 23, 2007 - A Virgnia judge has issued an injunction against Vonage in its patent suit with Verizon.  The injunction is effective in two weeks. 

March 8, 2007 - A Virginia jury has ordered Vonage to pay Verizon $58 for infringing three patents related to VOIP technology.  More Info

February 22, 2007 - Microsoft ordered to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.5 billion in patent suit, regarding MP3 patents from Bell Labs.  More Info

January 11, 2007 - 2006 Top US Patent Assignees: 1. IBM (3,651) 2. Samsung (2,453) 3. Canon 4. Matsushita 5. HP.  173,222 corporate patents were issued in 2006, which is a 21% increase from 2005 levels. Source: IFI Patent Intelligence.

January 9, 2007 - The Supreme Court ruled today that a patent licensee can sue the patent holder. More Info

January 3, 2007 - The Washington Research Foundation has filed a patent infringement suit against Matsushita's Panasonic, Nokia, and Samsung in the U.S. Western District Court of Washington State.  Bluetooth chips manufactured by CSR are targeted.  Patent at issue: 7,116,963      More Info

January 3, 2007 - Intertainer has filed a patent infringement suit against Apple, Google, and Napster in a federal district court in TX.  Distribution of audio and video content over the Internet is claimed.  Patent at issue: 6,925,469     More Info

January 2, 2007 - The USPTO is closed today for a National Day of Mourning.

December 29, 2006 - USPTO closed January 2, 2006 for National Day of Mourning.  Any action or fee due on Tuesday, January 2, 2007, will be considered as timely for the purposes of, e.g., 35 U.S.C. §§ 119, 120, 133 and 151, if the action is taken, or the fee is paid, on the next succeeding business day on which the USPTO was open, that is, Wednesday, January 3, 2007. 

December 13, 2006 - Google introduces new Patent Search with over 7 millions patents in its database.