Brief mentions of IP stories floating around in the past couple weeks that I haven’t addressed elsewhere.
-Briefing is ongoing in the en banc rehearing of CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. On the one hand, lessons on subject matter eligibility drawn from the original panel decision and related cases may no longer be any good. On the other hand, the en banc decision will hopefully replace previous guidance with more consistent and enduring lessons. [Groklaw]
-A number of interesting rule packages and requests for input are currently outstanding, including final Micro Entity Fee rules, requests for comments on RCE reform, and discussion of Patent Ownership Requirements. [USPTO]
-Federal Trademark Registration remains available only to those of innocent mind and pristine speech. It’s a good thing, because I can think of no better arbiter of human morality than the USPTO. [The Legal Satyricon]
-2012 saw the most US patents issued over any other year. [PatentlyO]