Monthly Archives: January 2016

USPTO Announces Next Patent-Public-Advisory-Committee Meeting

The USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) has announced that it will hold its next quarterly meeting of the Patent Public Advisory Committee on Thursday, February 4. The public can attend at the USPTO’s Alexandria campus or watch online. The agenda and Webcast link are available at

USPTO to Host February 2016 Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting

The USPTO’s (United States Patent and Trademark Office’s) Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting is a collaborative forum for USPTO stakeholders seeking patent protection in the cybersecurity sector to share ideas, experiences, and insights with USPTO staff. The next Partnership meeting will be from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (PST) on February 10, 2016, at the Silicon Valley USPTO. Topics to be discussed include:

  • key computer security patent application statistics and trends;
  • the cooperative patent classification system;
  • enhanced patent quality initiatives; and
  • interim guidance on patent subject matter eligibility.

Attendees can ask questions and provide input on the topics and share ideas during interactive discussions. The meeting is free to the public and will also be accessible via webcast. Registration and additional information can be obtained at

Ramey & Schwaller settles patent infringement claims against the Priceline Group, and

Ramey & Schwaller settled its client Global Equity Management S.A.’s patent infringement claims over U.S. Patent No. 6,690,400 against the Priceline Group, and in the Eastern District of Texas.  The claims of the ‘400 patent are directed towards a graphic user interface for resource management of multiple operating systems.  Managing Partner Bill Ramey stated, “I am happy the parties were able to amicably resolve this dispute.”

The cases were  Global Equity Management S.A. v. the PriceLine Group et al. pending in the Eastern District of Texas, under cause number 2:15-cv-1704; Global Equity Management S.A. v. the PriceLine Group et al., under cause number 2:15-cv-1705; and, Global Equity Management S.A. v. the PriceLine Group et al., under cause number 2:15-cv-1703.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service intellectual property law firm working with a national client base from our Houston, Texas, office. We are dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management, innovative technologies and the use of skilled professionals.

Ramey & Schwaller sponsors The Houston Wellness Project Run One Series!

Ramey & Schwaller is proud to once again sponsor the Run One Series Race events, this time for the one-mile race at the San Jacinto Monument on  January 30, 2016.  Please go to for registration. We hope to see you at the Race!

The Run One Series is a fundraiser for the Houston Wellness Project, a nonprofit organization focused on health and wellness. The organization was formed in response to a growing need for improved community access to wellness programming.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service, cutting-edge intellectual property law firm dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management and the use of skilled professionals. The philosophy of Ramey & Schwaller is to provide the highest quality professional and legal services in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost through the use of innovative technologies, practices and procedures and ongoing education and training of the attorneys and professional staff.


USPTO to Host a January Patent Quality Chat Webinar

The USPTO will host its first Patent Quality Chat in the 2016 webinar series on Tuesday, January 12 from noon to 1 pm (ET). The Patent Quality Chat is a monthly, lunchtime webinar series designed to provide information on patent quality topics and gather input for the PTO. The January webinar chat will share information and collect feedback on (1) Topic Submission for Case Studies and (2) Post Grant Outcomes. The speakers will discuss the PTO’s Case Studies program and its recent Federal Register Notice requesting submissions and will present an overview of the Post Grant Outcomes program (a program to develop a process for providing post grant outcomes from sources, such as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), to examiners of related applications).

You can join the discussion during the event by emailing (link sends e-mail). More information regarding the webinar is available from the USPTO.

USPTO (Alexandria facility)

Ramey & Schwaller settles clients’ nuisance claims resulting from zombie property owned by Bank of America!

Bill Ramey of Ramey & Schwaller  settled all claims stemming from a zombie property located at the Ponderosa Townhomes in Houston, Texas.  The zombie property was decreasing the value of the adjoining neighbors’ townhomes.  A settlement was reached with Bank of America, the owner of the zombie property, that resulted in Plaintiffs dropping all claims and dismissing their lawsuit with prejudice.  Bill stated that “I am very happy that we were able to help our clients resolve this zombie property issue.  Market value loss should be considered by all potential plaintiffs when there is such an issue.”