patent office


Definition of patent office

: a government office for examining claims to patents and granting patents

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The declaration of an interference means that the patent office has determined that one or more patent applications describe inventions that are substantially the same as those for which patents have already been issued. STAT, "Pharmalittle: Judge appears to back push for opioid settlement; the CRISPR patent fight lives on," 26 June 2019 But even then, patent experts suspected there were still some loose ends for the patent office to tie up. Michael Hiltzik,, "In possible blow to UC, patent office revisits conflict over CRISPR invention," 27 June 2019 Yet the ruling did not have a major impact: broad software patents continued to pour out of the patent office. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why a 40-year-old SCOTUS ruling against software patents still matters today," 21 June 2018 That’s because in order to reverse the Broad’s win, the appeals court will have to find that the patent office committed serious legal errors, as UC’s new attorney (and former solicitor general) Donald Verrilli argued. Sharon Begley, STAT, "It’s ‘going to be tough’: UC Berkeley struggles to find sympathetic court in CRISPR patent appeal," 30 Apr. 2018 Indeed, that's the conclusion the European patent office reached in a preliminary ruling on the topic. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain," 10 June 2018 The surge of filings from China has surprised the patent office. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Flood of Trademark Applications From China Alarms U.S. Officials," 5 May 2018 But Oil States sued, arguing that the Constitution requires an IPR-like process to occur in the judicial branch—not in an executive branch agency like the patent office. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court upholds patent review process, dealing trolls a blow," 24 Apr. 2018 It's opened a new front in an unlikely place: the patent office. Susan Decker, David Wethe And Christopher Yasiejko, Houston Chronicle, "Halliburton vs. Schlumberger moves from oil field to patent office," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of patent office

1696, in the meaning defined above

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