A look back on 2015

Hoffman Patent Firm continued to explore new frontiers of the judicially crafted exception to patentability known as patent-eligible subject matter. Louis J. Hoffman was particularly active in guiding the national discussion of the USPTO’s reaction new developments in the area

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Google’s “Patent Purchase Promotion” Could be an Opportunity to Sell Your Patent – if You Are Careful!

(Updated May 5, 2015) Google announced this week an “experiment” through which it will consider buying patents that inventors submit to Google via a “streamlined portal.” Google has called this concentrated buying program “The Patent Purchase Promotion,” although Google appears

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Patent on a Joke: A serious discussion for April Fools’ Day

I received today a citation to a patent application, US Pat. Pub. 2006/0259306, entitled, “Business Method Protecting Jokes.” This was filed as an international (PCT) application by an English patent attorney, who told an interviewer that his purpose was “to

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Arizona Patent Lawyers Comment on the USPTO’s 2014 Interim Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility

U.S. law regarding what constitutes patent-eligible subject matter has been in flux for some time.1 The issue of what is patent eligible has particular importance to developing technologies, especially the area of computer science. The importance of the issue is

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Countries in which the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Does NOT Apply

As United States patent law becomes ever less “exceptional” compared to other patent systems, and as our the U.S. economy becomes ever more intertwined with the world economy, U.S. inventors and companies think harder about patent applications outside the U.S.,

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Federal Circuit Affirms Judgment for DDR Holdings

Mr. Hoffman (with litigation bag) with Danny and Del Ross, Mrs. Ross, and co-counsel Ian Crosby (rear) on the steps of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in D.C. after oral argument in May 2014 Earlier this month, we were

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