What challenges does the patent industry face in 2017?

Gene Quinn and special guests look back at the most important moments of 2016, and consider the issues that will shape the patent industry in 2017.

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter on 2016, and we begin to look ahead and ask what is in store for the new year. With this in mind, on December 15, 2016, we will be hosting a free one-hour webinar conversation that takes a look back on the most important and influential moments of 2016, and a look ahead to the issues that we believe will shape the patent industry during 2017.

Gene Quinn, patent attorney and founder of IPWatchdog.com, will moderate this discussion, alongside a panel of very special guests. In addition to taking as many questions from the audience as possible, we will specifically discuss the following four topics:

2016: The Year of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board – From the Supreme Court deciding Cuozzo, to the Federal Circuit spending much of the year rubber stamping the PTAB, to the Federal Circuit ending the year finding PTAB actions to be arbitrary and capricious, it has been a rollercoaster year for the often criticized panel patent owners call a “death squad.”

2016: Software Patents Strike Back – Until May 2016, the Federal Circuit had decided exactly one case in the nearly two years since Alice that found software patent claims patent eligible, but then a series of decisions has started to provide meaningful insight into how software can be described so that it will be considered patent eligible.

2017: Regulatory Reform NOT Patent Reform – Patent reform will almost certainly not be a top priority for the Trump Administration, but regulatory reforms to the PTAB could be seen and depending upon who ultimately becomes Director of the USPTO those regulatory reforms could be quite significant and beneficial to patent owners. 

2017: Supreme Court Decides Samsung v. Apple - The statute was clear, but the decision in favour of Samsung will have far reaching consequences for design patents and their owners.