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 party than the other.

The PTO put in place a special plan for Hyatt’s old applications, generally on an improved...