Michael Factor is an Israel registered patent attorney and lawyer.
In addition to managing the IP Factor, an opinionated blog covering IP issues from an Israeli perspective, I am a member of the Jurisdiction and Law Committee of the INTA Bulletin and will be writing fortnightly Israel trademark updates for that publication.
Over 2009 and 2010 I wrote a bimonthly column in the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR), a monthly jurisdiction report in Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), and weekly Israel IP reports for Intellectual Property Management (IAM).
In addition to a law degree, Michael has a PhD in Applied Physics and an M.Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering.
In a bizarre move to deal with the growing mound of patents awaiting examination, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has proposed a rule that Applicant submit an examination support document for applications including more than 10 claims.
The U.K. Patent Office has turned to the public for feedback as to how well the system works and whether too many trivial patents are being granted. You too can comment. Follow this link: http://www.patent.gov.uk/about/consultations/inventive/index.htm
Criticism of US Approach Judge Jacob spoke in London at a seminar for the Society for Computers and Law earlier this month, and has criticized the U.S. for allowing “anything under the sun” to be patented.