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USPTO Seeks Comments on New Patent Quality Metrics

In a notice published in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 16142) last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that new patent quality metrics were being designed for use in FY2017 and that the Office was...more

5/2/2016 - Corporate Counsel Federal Register Patent Quality Metrics Patents Public Comment USPTO

Public Health Organizations Urge Congress to Reject Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

In a letter sent to members of Congress earlier this month, 58 public health organizations urged Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in its current form, stating that the coalition was "alarmed by the...more

4/19/2016 - Free Trade Agreement Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmaceutical Patents Prescription Drugs Public Health Trans-Pacific Partnership

Members of Congress Seek NIH Hearing on Use of March-in Rights

On March 28, 2016, a dozen members of Congress sent a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health...more

4/12/2016 - March-in NIH Pharmaceutical Industry Public Hearing Secretary of HHS

IPO Responds to USPTO Call for Case Study Topics

In December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invited stakeholders to submit patent quality-related topics that they believe should be the subject of a case study as part of a new Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative pilot...more

3/16/2016 - IPO Patents USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

USPTO News Briefs - March 2016

USPTO Seeks Sample Applications for eMod Project - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office distributed a Patents Alert USPTO News e-mail last week requesting that stakeholders provide .docx sample applications for testing...more

3/9/2016 - E-Commerce Patent Applications Patents Technology USPTO

USPTO Issues Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released its Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. In describing the USPTO's strategic and performance-planning framework, the 2015 report begins by...more

3/4/2016 - America Invents Act Biotechnology Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Applications Patents Performance and Accountability Report USPTO Utility Patents

Pfizer, Inc. v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Last month, in Pfizer, Inc. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit determined that the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia did not err in granting summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the...more

2/16/2016 - Delays Notice Requirements Patent Applications Patent Litigation Patent Term Adjustment Pfizer Summary Judgment USPTO Wyeth

Representatives Send Letter to HHS and NIH Seeking Response to Pharmaceutical Costs

In a letter sent earlier this month to Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Director Francis S. Collins of the National Institutes of Health, fifty members of the U.S. House...more

1/28/2016 - Bayh-Dole Act Drug Pricing HHS March-in NIH Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Drugs Price Gouging

Winter Storm Jonas Forces USPTO Closure on Monday (1/25) and Tuesday (1/26)

For the second time in a little more than a month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has experienced an unexpected closing. Last month, the closing resulted from a major power outage at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria,...more

1/27/2016 - Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Power Outages Severe Weather USPTO

Q&A from Webinar on Top Patent Law Stories of 2015

Earlier today, we presented a live webinar on the "Top Patent Law Stories of 2015." The webinar covered seven of the twenty stories that made it onto Patent Docs ninth annual list of top patent stories. The seven stories...more

1/22/2016 - America Invents Act Chevron Deference CLS Bank v Alice Corp En Banc Review Limelight v Akamai Patent Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Sandoz v Amgen Section 101 Sequenom USPTO

Top Five Stories of 2015

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/11/2016 - Abstract Ideas BPCIA CLS Bank v Alice Corp En Banc Review Limelight v Akamai Mayo v. Prometheus Notice Requirements Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Sandoz v Amgen SCOTUS Sequenom USPTO

Top Stories of 2015: #6 to #10

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/9/2016 - Appeals Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Cisco v CommilUSA Claim Construction Clear Error Standard Cuozzo Speed Technologies Electronics Honest Belief Defense Induced Infringement Patent Infringement Patent Term Adjustment Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent Validity Patents SCOTUS Teva v Sandoz USPTO

Top Stories of 2015: #11 to #15

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/5/2016 - Australia Biosimilars BPCIA FDA Approval Indefiniteness Innovation Act Kimble v Marvel Enterprises Myriad Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Expiration Patent Reform Patent Royalties Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Product of Nature Doctrine Sandoz SCOTUS

Top Stories of 2015: #16 to #20

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/4/2016 - Actavis Inc. AMP v Myriad Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Endo Pharmaceuticals HTC Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter SCOTUS Trans-Pacific Partnership USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

Breaking News: USPTO Restores EFS-Web and Private PAIR

Although the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has not yet made a formal announcement on the USPTO Systems Status and Availability webpage or the Office's Facebook and Twitter accounts, it appears that the Office has now...more

12/28/2015 - Holidays Patents Power Outages USPTO

USPTO Restores Fax Line

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced on December 24, 2015 that it has now restored its fax line and is once again able to receive faxed documents. The announcement was made on the Office's Facebook and Twitter...more

12/28/2015 - Holidays Patents USPTO

Major Power Outage Causes Shutdown of USPTO Online and IT Systems -- USPTO to Consider December 22-24 to be "Federal Holidays"

On Tuesday, December 22, a major power outage at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, VA significantly damaged the Office's electronic systems and required the shutdown of the Office's online and...more

12/28/2015 - Holidays Patents Power Outages USPTO

USPTO Seeks Topics for Quality Case Study Pilot Program

In a notice published in the Federal Register In a notice published in the Federal Register on December 21, 2015 (80 Fed. Reg. 79277), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invites stakeholders to submit patent quality-related...more

12/23/2015 - Federal Register Patent Examinations Patents USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

USPTO Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Law School Clinic Certification Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register earlier today (80 Fed. Reg. 78155) to comply with Public Law 113-227, which was enacted by Congress on December 16, 2014, and...more

12/17/2015 - Comment Period NPRM Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Actavis Inc. (D. Del. 2015)

District Court Adopts Magistrate's Conclusion of Invalidity under § 101 and Grants Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Counts - Last month, in Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Actavis Inc., Judge Richard G. Andrews of the U.S....more

12/10/2015 - Actavis Inc. ANDA CLS Bank v Alice Corp Endo Pharmaceuticals Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

Ariosa Diagnostics v. Verinata Health, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Last month, in Ariosa Diagnostics v. Verinata Health, Inc., the Federal Circuit vacated the decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board concluding that Appellant Ariosa Diagnostics had not met its burden of proving that...more

12/8/2015 - Inter Partes Review Proceedings Obviousness Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Prior Art Remand

BIO CEO: IPR System Threatens Medical Innovation

In an article published earlier this fall on Medium, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood urges Congress to modify the inter partes review (IPR) system, which he argues has "turn[ed] the...more

12/7/2015 - Biotechnology Hatch-Waxman Hedge Funds Innovation Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Reform Patent Trolls

IPO Sends Letter to Senate Leaders in Support of Defend Trade Secrets Act

Yesterday, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary expressing "strong support" for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S....more

12/2/2015 - Defend Trade Secrets Act Intellectual Property Owner’s Association (IPO) Intellectual Property Protection Misappropriation Senate Judiciary Committee

USPTO News Briefs - December 2015

USPTO and INPI Establish PPH Pilot Program - On November 23, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Brazil's National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a...more

12/1/2015 - Brazil EPO Foreign Patent Applications MPEP Patent Applications Patent Prosecution Highway Patents PLTIA USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

USPTO Launches Dossier Access

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it had launched Dossier Access, the first of a set of business services to be developed as part of the Global Dossier Initiative. The Global Dossier...more

11/25/2015 - Foreign Patent Applications Global Dossier IP5 Offices Patent Applications USPTO

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