Top Patent Firms for 2016

By Paul Harrity & Anna Yee (Originally published by IP Watchdog)

We compiled a list of the top patent firms that are ranked based on the total number of U.S. utility patents that issued in 2016 where the patent firms were listed on the front of the utility patents. We have included only patent firms that have obtained at least 50 utility patents. We made an attempt to correct for typographical errors. We did not eliminate company legal departments from the list.

For the list from last year see: Top Patent Firms for 2015.

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Alice on Dulany Street: How the PTAB Handles 101 in Ex Parte Appeals

By Eli Mazour & James Bennin

February 15, 2017- “The outlook has become only more grim for appellants who are hoping that the PTAB will overturn a § 101 rejection.”

Previously, we analyzed ex parte appeal decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) from the year following the Alice v. CLS Bank decision. At the time, we concluded that the PTAB is unlikely to reverse § 101 rejections based on Alice. We decided to revisit this conclusion based on ex parte appeal decisions from December 2016.

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Neil Kardos Named Senior Associate

 

Harrity & Harrity is pleased to announce that Neil Kardos has been named a Senior Associate of the Firm. Neil has been with the firm since 2012. John Harrity, Managing Partner, says of Neil, “Neil is one of the best and brightest attorneys I have ever met. He goes above and beyond what’s expected from an associate. He not only produces some of the highest quality patent applications in our field, but also is vital to my firm’s recruiting, business development, training, and innovation initiatives. Neil’s promotion was well deserved.”

To learn more about Neil and the rest of the Harrity & Harrity team, click HERE.