USPTO Announces Patent Allowance Rate

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Recently the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced its final numbers for fiscal year 2006. One interesting statistic was the patent allowance rate. The patent allowance rate is the percentage of applications reviewed by patent examiners that are approved to issue as a patent. For fiscal year 2006, the allowance ... Read More
February 8, 2007admin
As a patent attorney I have come to appreciate that not many people really understand the technical details of the patent litigation process. Hopefully this post helps. Also, please keep in mind that this post relates to utility patents NOT design patents (which may be the subject of a later ... Read More
February 7, 2007admin

USPTO Statistics from the 2006 Fiscal Year

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The close of another fiscal year at the USPTO brings forth some interesting statistics. For instance, the number of new patent applications filed in FY 2006 rose to 443,652, up over 8% from the 409,532 applications filed in FY 2005. Additionally, despite the USPTO hiring over 1200 new patent examiners, ... Read More
February 7, 2007admin
Golf fanatics will recognize Karsten’s patent application, US Pub. No. 2007/0026964, titled "Golf Club Head with Dual Durometer Face Insert" as being directed to the PING G5i putter. After reading this application and the prior art cited in the file wrapper’s IDS, I am convinced that Karsten performed a comprehensive ... Read More
February 6, 2007admin
The 30 most recently issued design patents directed to golf shoes (non-cleat related) have issued to Acushnet (aka FootJoy). In fact, a golf shoe related design patent hasn’t issued to anyone other than Acushnet since October 2001. The most recent Acushnet golf shoe design patent is D533,706, a figure from ... Read More
February 6, 2007admin
This week’s “IP Grab of the Week” award goes to Nelson Precision Casting’s US patent application titled “Golf Club Head,” US Pub. No. US2007/0026961. The invention is directed to a “recessed deformation portion” of the sole that has a variable material thickness to promote elastic deformation. The disclosed “recessed deformation ... Read More
February 5, 2007admin
U.S. Patent No. 7,169,057 titled “Hollow and Metal Iron Golf Club Heads” issued this week to MacGregor Golf.All club manufacturers should give the ‘057 patent a close read, especially those considering introducing a set of clubs having a harder striking face on long irons than on short irons (claim 15) ... Read More
February 5, 2007admin

10 Intellectual Property Goals for the New Year

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'Tis the season of New Year resolutions. As we all know, New Year resolutions are rarely successfully carried out past March or April. Therefore, successful companies have New Year goals, not resolutions. Such goals are infinitely more likely to be successfully implemented if they are written down in a specific ... Read More
February 2, 2007

The Golf Industry Needs More Comparative Advertising

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Comparative advertising… what is that? Well, you are exposed to comparative advertising hundreds of times each day. You are influenced by it, perhaps without even noticing the influence. Some examples include... And the examples could go on and on. Therefore, surely there must be hundreds of examples of comparative advertising ... Read More
February 2, 2007admin

Golfers and Their Trademarks

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Becoming a golf superstar comes with its fair share of responsibilities, including building and protecting your personal brand. Let’s take a look at what a few of the leaders are doing. Tiger Woods, more specifically his ETW Corp, have 19 registered trademarks and 11 applications. Perhaps the most famous of ... Read More
February 1, 2007admin