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David Pointer Contributes to “AI Patenting Handbook” White Paper for IPO

The Intellectual Property Owner’s Association (the “IPO”) recently published a white paper on patenting artificial intelligence (“AI”) inventions, entitled the “AI Patenting Handbook.” David Pointer, a partner at Thomas Horstemeyer, is a contributing author for the white paper.  Specifically, David Pointer co-authored the portion of the white paper discussing district court decisions related to AI […]

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USPTO Enablement Guidelines Post-Amgen

The USPTO Has Issued New Guidelines for Assessing Enablement in View of the Supreme Court Decision in Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi et al. On January 10, 2024, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published Guidelines for assessing enablement in view of the Supreme Court’s 2023 decision in Amgen Inc. et al. v. Sanofi […]

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The Design Patent Bar

On November 16, 2023, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a rule that will allow individuals with a design background to practice before the USPTO.  Specifically, the rule announces that persons can now sit for the patent bar when they have a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in the field of: However, […]

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December 15, 2023

USPTO Announces New Atlanta Regional Office

On December 13, 2023, the USPTO announced the creation of two new regional offices – one in Atlanta and the other in Stafford County, New Hampshire.  The expansion of the USPTO to include regional offices offers a number of benefits to examiners, practitioners, and inventors alike.  Moreover, the selection of Atlanta underscores the city’s significance […]

November 27, 2023

Welcome Richard Timmer, Ph.D!

Thomas|Horstemeyer welcomes Rick Timmer, Senior Patent Agent, rounding out our chemical team to five Ph.D. Chemists.  Rick brings with him over 25 years of experience in the chemical and life sciences industries including more than 15 years in patent preparation and prosecution with three national law firms.  Rick also managed patent portfolios for biotechnology start-ups […]

November 20, 2023

New Guidance for Designs of Graphical User Interfaces

The USPTO has published supplemental guidance for examining design patent applications of Graphic User Interfaces (GUIs) On November 17, 2023, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published supplemental guidance on how design patents “related to Computer-Generated Electronic Images, Including Computer-Generated Icons and Graphical User Interfaces” should be examined.  Under the supplemental guidance, the […]

November 12, 2023

Artificial Intelligence Related District Court Case Update

To date, there have been relatively few patent lawsuits relating to artificial intelligence. With the emergence of various artificial-intelligence-based software entering the market, it will be interesting to see how courts interpret artificial-intelligence-based patents and the issues that emerge from the court proceedings.  The following set of artificial-intelligence-related cases are from district courts of different […]

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