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Help The USPTO Leverage Prior Art From Related Patent Applications

The USPTO is seeking input on how it can leverage prior art information available on-line in related patent applications in order to “improve patent examination quality and efficiency” and reduce “applicant’s burden to...more

9/2/2016 - Duty to Disclose Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) Patent Applications Patent Examinations Prior Art Public Comment USPTO

USPTO Sued Over December 2015 Holidays

Elm 3DS Innovations, LLC has sued the USPTO in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to challenge its authority to declare that December 22-24, 2015 were “holidays” because the USPTO had experienced a...more

8/22/2016 - Administrative Authority Inter Partes Review Proceedings Power Outages Statutory Deadlines Ultra Vires USPTO

USPTO Launches Patents 4 Patients

To support the National Cancer Moonshot initiative, the USPTO has launched the Patents 4 Patients program, also known as the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program. Under this program, applicants can obtain expedited examination...more

8/3/2016 - National Cancer Moonshot Patent Applications Patent Prosecution Patents Request for Continued Examination USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

The Promise And Pitfalls Of 3D Printing

3D printing offers great promise for innovation and manufacturing, but this tool has expanded the scope of patented products that can be easily and cheaply copied, and may make it harder to identify and prosecute infringers....more

8/1/2016 - 3D Printing Bilski CLS Bank v Alice Corp Contributory Infringement FDA Induced Infringement Intellectual Property Protection Manufacturers Medical Devices Patent Infringement Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Professional Conferences USPTO

USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidance In View Of CellzDirect And Sequenom

On July 14, 2016, the USPTO issued a Memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps on patent eligibility in view of recent court decisions. The July 2016 Memorandum extracts more guidance for assessing patent eligibility from the...more

7/18/2016 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Examiners Guidance Update Life Sciences Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Petition for Writ of Certiorari Pharmaceutical Patents Section 101 Sequenom USPTO

New USPTO P3 Program Offers Applicant Participation In After Final Conference

The USPTO has launched a new after final program available starting July 11, 2016. The Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3) combines features of the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) and Pre-Appeal Brief...more

7/12/2016 - Comment Period Final Action Notice of Appeal Patent Applications Patents Request for Continued Examination USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

CAFC Finds Cryopreservation Method Patent Eligible

The Federal Circuit ruled that the cryopreservation methods at issue in Rapid Litigation Mgmt. Ltd. v. CellzDirect Inc., are patent eligible under 35 USC § 101. It therefore vacated and remanded the decision of the U.S....more

7/8/2016 - CAFC CLS Bank v Alice Corp Examiners Mayo v. Prometheus Method Claims New Guidance Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Remand Section 101 USPTO Vacated

Supreme Court Deals Blow To Diagnostic Method Patents, Denies Cert In Sequenom

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” can be good words to live by, but in the context of the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Sequenom, the silence is deafening–and could have a chilling impact...more

6/29/2016 - Ariosa Diagnostic Method Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Personalized Medicine Petition for Writ of Certiorari Pharmaceutical Patents Section 101 Sequenom USPTO

Supreme Court Declines to Review Sequenom Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied certiorari in Sequenom, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. (No. 15-1182), declining to review the Federal Circuit’s June 12, 2015, decision that certain methods of detecting paternally...more

6/28/2016 - Ariosa CLS Bank v Alice Corp Diagnostic Method Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Petition for Writ of Certiorari Section 101 Sequenom USPTO

CAFC Upholds Same Day Continuation Applications

The Federal Circuit decided not to disturb the “longstanding administrative construction” of 35 USC § 120 that permits the filing of a continuation application on the same day its parent application grants as a patent. The...more

6/23/2016 - CAFC Continuous Applications HTC Patent Applications Patent Litigation Patents Same-Day Continuations USPTO

Federal Circuit Emphasizes Reason In Application Of Broadest Reasonable Interpretation

As we wait for the Supreme Court decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, where the Court has been asked to decide whether the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) should apply the “broadest reasonable...more

6/16/2016 - Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Claim Construction Cuozzo Speed Technologies v Lee Examiners Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board USPTO

USPTO 101 Guidance: Microneedles Versus Prosthetic Devices

When I first wrote about the new natural products Subject Matter Eligibility Examples issued by the USPTO on May 4, 2016, I noted a puzzling difference between the treatment of a claim reciting a vaccine coated on a...more

5/20/2016 - Guidance Update Medical Devices Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 USPTO

New USPTO Guidance On Patent Eligibility Of Natural Products

The new USPTO patent eligibility examples include two examples for “natural products” based inventions which appear to be consistent with the examples provided in the December 2014 set of patent eligibility examples. Although...more

5/16/2016 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Guidance Update Mayo v. Prometheus Natural Products Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

New USPTO Guidance On Patent Eligibility Of Diagnostic Methods

The patent eligibility examples published by the USPTO on May 5, 2016 include two new examples relating to diagnostic methods and two new examples relating to “nature-based” products. This article will consider the diagnostic...more

5/10/2016 - Diagnostic Method Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Sequenom USPTO

USPTO Issues New Patent Eligibility Examples

The USPTO has issued new patent eligibility examples, including several examples relating to diagnostic methods and “nature-based” products. Surprisingly, most of the claims are said to satisfy 35 USC § 101. The USPTO also...more

5/10/2016 - Diagnostic Method Examiners New Guidance Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

Will The Celsis Appeal Put An End To 101 Rejections Of Laboratory Method Claims?

On April 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in Rapid Litigation Mgmt. Ltd. v. CellzDirect Inc., where the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held invalid claims directed to a “method of...more

4/29/2016 - Appeals CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Method Claims Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter SCOTUS USPTO

Court Can't Review Policy Behind Patent Term Adjustment Statute

In Singhal v. Lee, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a complaint that challenged the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) awarded to two patents, because the complaint failed to state a claim upon...more

4/14/2016 - Novartis Patent Litigation Patent Term Adjustment Patent Terms Patents Request for Continued Examination USPTO

Will the Federal Circuit Invalidate 13,500 Continuation Patents?

The Federal Circuit is set to hear oral arguments in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. on May 6, 2016. According to the amicus brief filed on behalf of the United States, if the court affirms the district court decision “over...more

4/8/2016 - Amicus Briefs Chevron Deference HTC America Patent Applications Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation USPTO

Federal Circuit Recognizes Limited Patent Agent Privilege

In In re Queen’s University At Kingston, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit recognized a limited “attorney”-client privilege for patent agents. The majority’s decision to recognize a patent agent privilege is based...more

3/15/2016 - Attorney-Client Privilege Duty of Candor Duty to Disclose Patent Agent Privilege Patent Applications Patent Litigation USPTO

Incomplete Restriction Requirement Stops Clock For Patent Term Adjustment

In Pfizer v. Lee, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that upheld the USPTO’s Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) calculation that stopped the clock running...more

1/27/2016 - Notice Requirements Patent Applications Patent Litigation Patent Term Adjustment Pfizer Popular USPTO

Share Your Patent Quality Pet Peeves

The USPTO is inviting stakeholders to suggest topics for patent quality case studies. As explained in the December 21, 2015 Federal Register Notice, “the USPTO performs case studies to investigate specific quality-related...more

1/7/2016 - AFCP Examiners Patent Prosecution Highway Patents USPTO

Higher PTAB Trial Fees On The Horizon

The USPTO has released proposed patent fee changes that include significant increases to PTAB trial fees. The proposed changes are summarized in the USPTO’s “Executive Summary” prepared for the Patent Public Advisory...more

1/7/2016 - Covered Business Method Proceedings Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Trial and Appeal Board Post-Grant Review Trial Fees USPTO

USPTO Proposes New IDS Framework

Tucked into the USPTO’s proposed patent fee changes is a proposal to change the Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) framework. While applicants may welcome the simplified procedures for obtaining consideration of an IDS,...more

11/13/2015 - Comment Period Foreign Patent Applications Information Disclosure Statement Patent Applications Patent Fees USPTO

USPTO Plans To Hike Patent Fees

The USPTO has published proposed changes to patent fees that it says will “slightly” increase patent prosecution fees–even though several common fees will increase by 10% to 25%. The proposed changes to the Information...more

11/11/2015 - Comment Period Fees Information Disclosure Statement Patents USPTO

Wertheim, Dynamic Drinkware and the AIA

In Dynamic Drinkware, LLC v. National Graphics, Inc., the Federal Circuit held that in order for a patent to qualify as prior art as of its provisional application filing date, the provisional application must support the...more

11/4/2015 - America Invents Act Effective Filing Date Patent Applications Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Prior Art Provisional Applications USPTO

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