The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is finally proceeding with 80 of Gilbert P. Hyatt’s patent applications filed before 1995, and a court’s intervention is not needed, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held Nov. 12 (Hyatt v. PTO, 2015 BL 374049, E.D. Va., 1:14-cv-1300, 11/12/15).

Judge T. S. Ellis III found fault with both the PTO and Hyatt for causing the unreasonable delay but refused Hyatt’s request to assess more blame to one...